Today during MWC 2019, LG unveiled the G8 ThinQ, the company’s first flagship for 2019. But because every other manufacturer nowadays is introducing phones with 5G and the G8 only has LTE, LG had to take a stab at the market somehow. So instead of making a completely different device, the company repackaged last year’s V40 ThinQ with a few enhancements, 5G connectivity, and a new logo.
Behold, the LG V50 ThinQ.
Now, LG didn’t have to call this the V50. It actually would’ve made sense to call it the V40S or V45 or, heck, even the V40 5G. That way, they could save the V50 brand for a bigger upgrade later this fall. But as it turns out, this wasn’t the company’s intention whatsoever and, somehow, they think they can justify a full-on version jump with a few new features here and there.
This is what makes the V50 different from the V40, okay? There’s 5G connectivity (obviously), a Snapdragon 855 processor with Qualcomm’s X50 modem, a 4,000mAh battery, a Z Camera (Time-of-Flight sensor), a vapor cooling chamber system, and 128GB of storage. That’s it. You get the same general design with a 6.4-inch Quad HD+ 19.5:9 display, a triple rear camera system, a quad DAC, a USB-C port, wireless charging – you know, all the stuff that makes up the V40. You do get Android Pie out of the box with the V50, but there’s a good chance the V40 will get the upgrade in the near future anyway.
So why bother buying the V50? Two reasons, actually. One is so you can take advantage of 5G as soon as it becomes available in your area. The other is so you can attach a second screen to your phone.
That last part might have confused you, so let me clear it up. With the V50, LG includes pogo pins on the back that can connect to the company’s Dual Screen accessory. Essentially, by placing your phone in a special case, you can power an additional 6.2-inch display that can show more content like a second app or web page.
This is LG’s indirect answer to a foldable phone, something the company has stated it won’t be releasing this year. It gives you just about as much screen real estate you’d get from a foldable and still give you the option of carrying around a classic smartphone form factor if you wish. Unfortunately, the case won’t be available in America, but at least LG will be able to experiment with demand for the accessory in other markets.
If it means anything to you, LG also says all 5G phones moving forward will support the Dual Screen accessory. In the same breath, if it flops, there’s a good chance LG will drop it. In other words, don’t hold your breath.
The LG V50 ThinQ will land first on Sprint in the coming months and eventually reach Verizon this summer. Other carriers around the globe will also get the device. We don’t have any pricing information just yet, but it’s pretty safe to assume it’ll cost a good chunk of change when it hits the market.