LG's V50 ThinQ 5G-capable smartphone isn't coming to Canada

Joanna Estrada
February 25, 2019

Has LG come up with enough new features for the LG G8 ThinQ to make Samsung sweat? And with Air Motion, users can grab a screenshot, open favorite apps, and control media content without touching the screen; this is done by using hand gestures. The front-facing camera not only handles that task, it will also unlock the device using your face in bright light and in the dark (Face Unlock).

Hand ID maps the veins in your palm, using the ToF depth sensor - called Z Camera - to create a 3D image. The ToF Z Camera also enables better Bokeh as well as Video Portrait mode.

Adding the TOF sensor in the notch area of the G8 is pretty smart, as it solves the problem of unlocking your phone while it's sitting flat on your desk without a front-mounted fingerprint sensor encroaching on the other end of the screen, and you don't have to pick the phone up for face recognition.

It'll be a while yet before we get to try the V50 ThinQ on a next-gen data network, but for now, LG's 5G debut seems more than a little tame.

In general, the phone looks almost identical to LG's recently announced G8 ThinQ, right down to its 6.4-inch 19.5:9 FullVision OLED screen.

As it turns out, those other rumors were true, too: there is, in fact, a second screen add-on for the V50 ThinQ that turns the phone into a makeshift foldable.

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LG's packed one more surprise into the screen though - and by surprise, I mean something they pre-announced a few weeks ago, but roll with it please - the screen functions as the phone's main speaker driver.

When it comes to raw specs, the LG G8 ThinQ has most of the features you'd expect from a flagship phone in 2019. It's also rendered in one of three colours - Carmine Red, New Aurora Black or New Moroccan Blue.

Internally the phone is powered by a bang up-to-date Snapdragon 855 processor paired up with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. MicroSD expansion up to 2TB is supported.

The LG G8 ThinQ's Z Camera also enables a feature called Air Motion.

The G8 has a 6.1-inch QHD+ OLED display with 564 pixels per inch, is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, and has a 3,500mAh battery. Another significant highlight of the LG G8 ThinQ is the presence of a Crystal Sound OLED, which the company says eliminates the need for a front speaker or an earpiece - though the company's iconic BoomBox Speaker is retained at the bottom, and now capable of stereo output.

No pricing or availability was offered by LG during its Mobile World Congress conference but we will keep you updated.

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