THE Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019, which takes place this week in Barcelona (Spain), was the stage for the presentation of the two new smartphones from LG, including your first device 5G, The V50 ThinQ. The other model introduced by the South Korean manufacturer, the G8 ThinQ, may not support the new cellular network, but it has another technology as new as it will be seen below.
V50 ThinQ 5G
While some companies discuss the importance of foldable smartphones, such as Samsung and Huawei, LG opted for a different path by enabling the user to use an extra screen when they want / need it.
To this end, LG implemented Dual Screen technology to the V50 through a case that can activate a second 6.2 ″ OLED screen with a resolution of 2160 × 1080 pixels (the main one, also OLED, has 6.4 ″ and a resolution of 3120 × 1440 pixels).
The case connects to the V50 by three pins, and can be left at an angle of 104º or 180º (making it practically a gaming console). It is also big: about 15.5 mm thick and 131 grams – added to the 183 grams of the V50, the device is heavier than Huawei’s Mate X.
In spite of this, the device essentially presents the same chassis as its predecessor, the V40 (removing the tacky 5G luminous logo from the rear of the device), but with a beautiful internal redesign. In this sense, the V50 has a Snapdragon 855 processor, from Qualcomm, X50 5G modem, support for Wi-Fi 6, a 4,000mAh battery and fingerprint reader on the back of the device.
It also has a triple rear camera system (with a 12MP main lens, a 16MP wide-angle lens and a 12MP telephoto lens); at the front, the device is equipped with two cameras, one 8MP (with ƒ / 1,9 aperture) and another 5MP (ƒ / 2,2). To deal with the heat generated by the 5G modem, LG increased the size of the device’s cooling system by 40%.
The manufacturer has not yet informed the price and the official release date of the V50 ThinQ; however, he said the device would be made available first to major operators in the United States (such as Sprint), South Korea, Australia and some European countries in the first half of this year.
To highlight the G device line amid so many new features in the smartphone market, LG launched the G8 ThinQ with an unconventional biometric security method. That’s right; no iris recognition or fingerprint. The phone recognizes … the palm of your hand!
More precisely, the device can identify the blood vessels in the palm of your hand using the G8’s front camera technology which, in addition to an 8MP main camera, has a “Z Camera” lens (LG’s TrueDepth version) with ToF technology infrared light that allows you to unlock the device in this way even in the dark.
So much technology is not only used to “read hands”: the Z Camera also uses the depth detection features to follow some gestures that translate into actions on the G8, such as opening apps, pausing or playing music and even adjusting the device’s volume – similar to the resource Air Gestures, introduced in Samsung’s Galaxy S4; however, LG calls this interface Air Motion.
In addition to gesture control, the G8 is equipped with a 6.1 ″ Quad HD + OLED screen (3120 × 1440 pixels) and a front cutout that houses the 8MP camera and the Z Camera. At the rear, the dual camera system includes a 12MP main lens and a 16MP wide-angle lens. The G8 has no speakers on display as the device’s OLED screen is a Crystal Sound, which eliminates the need for conventional speakers.
Inside, the device has the same V50 ThinQ 5G processor (Snapdragon 855), 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (expandable with microSD memory card). In addition, it has a USB-C port and a 3,500mAh battery.
The alternative model to the G8 ThinQ has several features similar to it, including the depth camera of the Air Motion. Among the differences, the G8s ThinQ has a 6.2 ″ screen and a slightly lower quality, yet Full HD + (2248 × 1080 pixels).
As it does not have an OLED Crystal Sound screen, this model does not emit sounds through the display, making the cutout on the front part a little bigger. At the rear, it has a triple camera (13MP + 12MP + 12MP), plus an internal storage option (128GB) and battery with slightly smaller capacity (3,350mAh).
LG also did not disclose the value and release date of the G8 ThinQ and G8s ThinQ.
via Gizmodo: 1, 2; Tecnoblog: 1, 2