The LG V50 ThinQ 5G is coming to Verizon "this summer"

South Korea's LG Electronics unveiled Sunday its newly developed 5G-powered smartphone with dual screens - something similar to Samsung's recently unveiled foldable phone but with a different user interface. The Korean manufacturer emphasizes on advanced optics and audio capabilities for the phone, making this obviously geared towards multimedia consumption. According to Verizon, G8 ThinQ pre-orders will start "very soon", but no pricing was announced.

As LG revealed last week, the G7 ThinQ replacement uses Crystal Sound OLED, which repurposes the screen as a diaphragm, vibrating the entire surface to produce sound. Well, sort of - there's no speaker grille any more, because the G8 reverberates the display itself. There's no Z Camera. Unlocking the phone is possible simply by placing the hand in front of the front-facer. LG implemented a face unlock system with this sensor, of course, but you can also raise your hand in front of the phone, move it around a bit, and the G8 will do some whole-hand biometrics. It allows shooting portrait videos with bokeh effects.

As for the rest of the specifications, the LG ThinQ sports a 6.1-inch Quad-HD+ FullVision Display with 564 pixels per inch density, which sound quite awesome.

In terms of display, the G8 has a 6.1-inch QHD+ OLED FullVision display. That's boosted by LG's stereo Boombox speaker, while its "tuned in collaboration with Meridian Audio" sound is augmented by DTS:X and MQA support and a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC.

Like in the V50 ThinQ, a three-camera rear system comprises 16MP Super Wide (F1.9 / 1.0μm / 107˚), 12MP Standard (F1.5 / 1.4μm / 78˚) and 12MP Telephoto (F2.4 / 1.0μm / 45˚) lenses. The LG V50 ThinQ offers 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 2TB by adding a microSD card. Usual suspects include Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and USB Type-C. Not really. The V50 ThinQ feels like a perfectly adequate way for LG to cash in on the 5G hype wave early, but honestly, I'm waiting for whatever the company has coming next. Given the cost of the technology, however, the LG V50 ThinQ 5G is expected to be a lot more expensive than the LG G8 ThinQ, even if the latter is overloaded with features.

Quoting a marketing director at LG Electronics France, some French media outlets reported that LG was withdrawing from the European smartphone market. The price of the LG V50 could be well north of $1,000, but that's just speculation for now.

In the camera department, the LG G8 ThinQ comes with a triple rear-camera array.

Instead of using a standard speaker at the top of the smartphone, the G8 ThinQ uses the OLED display to direct sound towards you - theoretically ensuring better sound performance. One of these is Hand ID, which identifies you by recognizing the shape, thickness, and other individual characteristics of the veins in the palm of your hand. Without ever touching the phone - useful in scenarios like cooking or cleaning - users can answer or end calls, take screenshots, switch between applications or adjust the volume.

LG is actually doing this, though.

For those of you that don't already know, the LG V50 ThinQ comes equipped with a large 6.4-inch OLED display paired with two 8-megapixel selfie snappers.

Instead, LG was rumoured to be planning to release a second-screen accessory for their flagship LG V50 5G device, and now the somewhat weird accessory has leaked.

Whenever a new flagship smartphone from an internationally famous brand gets announced, carriers in the U.S. usually race to announce their support for it.

  • Kara Saunders