LG unveils first 5G smartphone, new G series

The two new phones are the LG G8 ThinQ, alongside its first 5G phone, LG V50 ThinQ 5G.

A 6.4-inch QHD+ OLED FullVision display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio offers users an immersive experience for watching video.

Moving on to performance, the G8 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset under the hood along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage expandable to 2TB via microSD.

LG also launched LG G8s ThinQ which features a 6.2-inch full HD+ OLED display instead of 6.1-inch. The best bit? If that's not quite enough for you, you can add a 6.1-inch add-on screen / gamepad which gives LG twice the screen real estate on the V50 ThinQ without stepping directly into the foldable space. Between them, the devices offer a slew of compelling features, including an ID system that recognizes users' hands, time-of-flight technology, 5G, and compatibility with a dual-screen accessory. It sports an 8MP primary front camera with f/1.8 aperture, 1.22μm pixel size and a 5MP secondary front camera with f/2.2 aperture. It is fueled by 4,000 mAh battery and Snapdragon X50 5G modem to deliver the advanced processing power required for 5G. There's a fingerprint scanner at the back and the device comes with MIL-STD 810G protection and IP68 certification to withstand water and dust. The other stand-out feature is an accessory, the Dual Screen. LG says that this method is more secure than fingerprint recognition.

It's all powered by the Snapdragon 855, backed up by 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, so it should be a nippy little thing. The G8 also gets a triple camera setup like the V50 with a 12 MP wide, 12 MP telephoto lens and a 16 MP ultra-wide camera.

The front "Z Camera" can also use infrared rays reflected off subjects to calculate depth, making features such as Face Unlock possible. The company has updated the newest phone's front camera, which is known as a Z Camera and introduced a couple of new tricks.

LG has not yet released the dates or announced the prices for the new flagship phones, but said that the 5G model should hit stores in the first half of the year.

If there is one advantage to LG's approach it's that the dual screen combo is likely to be a lot cheaper than Samsung and Huawei's ridiculously priced foldable devices. This technology has been named "Crystal Sound OLED" by LG. The company has not yet revealed the price of the smartphone but it comes in Carmine Red, New Aurora Black and New Moroccan Blue colour options.

We also really like the fact that LG improved all of these areas, added a substantially bigger battery, and managed to keep the back completely flat.

  • Arturo Norris