LG unveils dual-screen 5G smartphone

LG’s first 5G phone is the V50 ThinQ

LG revealed that the V50 ThinQ is releasing in the coming months for customers of USA carriers Sprint and Verizon. The smartphone is equipped with a 6.1-inch FullVision OLED display with a resolution of 1,440 x 3,120 pixels and 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

The G7 started at £599/$599, and we'd hope to see the G8 hit a similar area, if a little high - so look for it around £649/$649, or perhaps £699/$699. LG hasn't announced any price for the G8, or any release date - though it's probably fair to expect it to arrive within the next month or two, with a likely release in April 2019.

LG has integrated something they're calling a TOF Z camera and infrared sensors in the notch on the front of the G8 ThinQ. This is dubbed Air Motion and enables you to control the volume, answer calls, take screenshots or switch between apps without having to touch the screen. This allows the phone to create a better 3D scan of your face for unlocking.

" I know!" says another, "Let's do 'Hand ID, ' we'll say the phone can read your palm like a psychic".

Quoting a marketing director at LG Electronics France, some French media outlets reported that LG was withdrawing from the European smartphone market.

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Hand ID is another new feature, and uses a 3D biometric sensor system that scans the palm of your hand to unlock your phone.

However, unlike the new LG G8, the V50 5G won't have its sibling's depth-sensing Z cam or vibrating Crystal OLED display, instead opting for a more traditional pair of stereo speakers, a normal 6.4-inch OLED display, and dual cameras in back (featuring one 12-MP main cam, and one 16-MP wide-angle cam). The 4000mAh battery is 20 per cent larger than the battery in the V40 ThinQ, too. Just wave your hand in front of the device or pinch the air. The display is protected with a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass on top.

Finally, LG is launching a curious add-on for the V50 in select markets - a second screen, called Dual Display, that clips onto the phone and functions as a cover case when closed.

In the camera department, the LG G8 ThinQ features a 16MP primary camera with a 107-degree field of view at the rear, aided by a 12MP secondary snapper. There's a Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.

While it usually waits until the fall to reveal the latest V series, LG also announced the V50 ThinQ at MWC. The likelihood of two people sharing the same palm vein pattern is one in 1 billion, according to LG, making it more secure than fingerprint recognition.

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