LG unveiled its first 5G smartphone - Meet the LG V50 ThinQ 5G

LG’s first 5G phone is the V50 ThinQ

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The other features of the V50 ThinQ include Android 9.0 Pie OS, Google Lens, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Bluetooth 5.0 and 3.5mm audio jack. The lower speaker is still present if you want to go louder. There is a 4000mAh battery on the smartphone to power it which also supports fast charging and wireless charging. With it, you can answer or end calls, take screenshots, switch between apps, and adjust the volume without actually touching the phone. The result is a device that is nearly imperceptibly thicker, and the only way you'd be able to tell is from the fact that the V50's triple-lens housing doesn't protrude from the handset's glass back like it did on the V40. By keeping the same chassis, LG was able to cut down on development and manufacturing costs for the device.

It's all powered by the Snapdragon 855, backed up by 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, so it should be a nippy little thing. Remember that you'll also likely have to pay extra for your 5G data plan, so the V50 could be a seriously expensive choice. LG's first 5G handset will exceed expectations, allowing users to experience high-quality content at 5G speeds.

No prices for either phone have been announced so far.

Armed with three cameras on the rear, two on the front, a Snapdragon 855 chipset under the hood and 6GB of RAM, LG's V50 will be the first 5G phone on Sprint when it launches this spring.

In practice it works surprisingly well - coming from someone who was truly sceptical at first - and it seemed both responsive and reliable, though it's still hard not to worry about sleepily turning an alarm off by mistake because you waved your arm the wrong way.

Whenever a new flagship smartphone from an internationally famous brand gets announced, carriers in the United States usually race to announce their support for it. It's also possible carriers will set their own price points for the LG V50.

There's now no word on the pricing and availability details of the LG G8 ThinQ but it would be safe to assume that it will land in the price bracket as its predecessor, going up against the likes of Samsung 10e and iPhone XR, or neither, based on the response to LG smartphones in recent times. Still no word on pricing.

LG's flagships have struggled to crack the United Kingdom market of late, and we're not convinced that the G8 is likely to break that trend, but it's a welcome reminder that the company is making some of the best high-end phones out there - if you can get your hands on one.

T-Mobile today confirmed that it'll launch the LG G8 ThinQ, complete with 600MHz LTE support.

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