LG unveils first 5G smartphone, new G series


Although this shouldn't come as a surprise, LG's recently revealed V50 ThinQ, the company's first 5G smartphone, is not coming to Canada at launch.

Regardless, the logical conclusion with 5G is that LG will be partnering with major carriers to bring the LG V50 ThinQ to markets where it can be best used on new 5G networks, and Australia (with Telstra's 5G network) will be one of the launch markets. The device, as expected comes with a Snapdragon 855 with Snapdragon X50 5G Modem and also features a heat-dissipation system which LG calls a Vapor Chamber.

This can be used to unlock the phone with your face, which should in theory be faster and more consistent than Apple's Face ID.

The G8 ThinQ runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (SM8150) chipset, and also features an integrated fingerprint sensor. The brand aside from updating its annual G flagship series also announced an update to its phablet V series - the LG V50 ThinQ.

Durability-wise, it's MIL-STD 810G compliant and has an IP68 resistance to water and dust.

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The front camera on both these devices is the same as they both get an 8MP (f/1.7 aperture, 1.22μm) lens with a 3D ToF sensor for 3D face unlock and selfies. You'll notice in pictures of the phone that there is no earpiece speaker, as the display itself acts as a bone-conduction like headphone when using the device to place calls. On the facade, the LG G8 ThinQ abides an 8-megapixel autofocus camera using a f/1.7aperture and an 80-degree lens.

For the G8 ThinQ, LG is implementing a Crystal Sound OLED panel, which turns the display into a speaker diaphragm, eliminating the need for a front-facing speaker. FotoNation's imaging analytics also include body detection enhanced photo background processing, in-car passenger monitoring, and gesture recognition, and the company's IrisXR iris authentication product for the AR, VR, and MR markets includes state-of-the-art liveness detection, the company says in an announcement. The manufacturer opted to add a second 6.2-inch OLED screen display to "what seems like last year's V40" to make a dual screen smartphone. There's a difference in the camera set up as well which comprises of a 13MP super wide angle lens + a 12MP standard + a 12MP telephoto lens. As the Z Camera sees objects in 3D, Face Unlock can not be fooled with two-dimensional photos. Coupled to that is a 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage, the latter being expandable to a max of 2 TB. It features a 6.4-inch QHD+ OLED FullVision display and features the usual notch. It will have 6GB of memory and 128GB of internal storage.

To click pictures, G8 has a triple camera setup with a 16MP camera and two 12MP cameras.

As such we expect other manufacturers, who can not invest in foldable display technology, will also adopt this tactic for their flagship devices moving forward, and debut a cover accessory with a built-in secondary display.