LG has announced its flagship phone of 2019, i.e., LG G8 ThinQ at MWC today. In addition to the G8, the company has also announced V50 ThinQ which will be a successor to the LG V40.
As far as LG G8 ThinQ is concerned, the company is counting on some of the gimmicky features which may or may not be useful to everyone. LG is bringing crystal sound OLED panel from its TV which essentially turns your display in the speaker diaphragm. This allows them to get rid of the front speakers completely. While it does provide excellent protection against water and dust, I would really like to see how it performs during the calls. The LG G8 ThinQ is also equipped with Z camera or Time of Flight camera which takes gesture control to the whole new level. It enables the user to control several actions such as unlocking the phone, opening apps and performing actions inside the selected apps.
MKBHD, a popular YouTuber gave us a glimpse of this feature and it seems that it is somewhat unreliable at this point. With Google Assistant already performing these tasks without having to touch the phone, I would personally love to see how it grows.
LG G8 ThinQ – Overview
As far as specifications are concerned, it runs on Android 9 Pie, and Snapdragon 855. The display is 6.1 inches with 19.5:9 ratio and 3120×1440 resolution. The battery is 3500 mAh and should last for a day easily. There’re two rear cameras at the back, one of which is a wide angle with F1.9 and 16 MP lens. The other one is a standard lens with 12 MP and F1.5 aperture. The phone is IP68 water resistant and weights 163 grams.
LG V50 ThinQ
The big difference between the LG G8 and V50 is connectivity. The V50 offers 5G connectivity which could be super useful as soon as carriers start rolling out the 5G network. The LG V50 will have a 6.4-inch display with the same aspect ratio and resolution as G8. In fact, the pixel per inch will also be exactly the same. In the camera department, the phone will have a telephoto lens in addition to the standard lens. The battery capacity is bumped to the 4000mAh and which could easily last for a day and a half. All the gimmicky features that we talked about earlier will make their way to the LG V50.
Availability and pricing of the LG G8 and V50
LG hasn’t disclosed the pricing of these two models which makes us believe that they would leave it up to the carriers. The LG G8 is expected to be available in the coming weeks and V50 will take months to be available. We’re starting to hear from carriers about the pre-orders and availability.
Verizon Wireless – According to Verizon, the LG G8 pre-orders will start “very soon” and V50 ThinQ will be made available in the summer. There’s no word on the pricing from Verizon Wireless.
Sprint – I think only LG V50 ThinQ will be available to Sprint (we’re are not completely sure). The phone will be available starting this Spring.
T-Mobile and AT&T haven’t provided any meaningful updates yet but we will let you know once we hear anything from these two.
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