LG shows off dual-screen 5G phone, plus one with 'Hand ID'

LG introduces its first 5G-enabled smartphone unveils G and V series

While it usually waits until the fall to reveal the latest V series, LG also announced the V50 ThinQ at MWC. LG said it's partnered with 10 carriers already in markets where 5G service will be launched in 2019, including the US, South Korea, Australia as well as a number of European countries. The phone bears a triple-camera set up at the back which is horizontally stacked at the center and comprises of a 16MP super-wide lens + a 12MP standard lens + a 12MP telephoto lens.

Powering the LG V50 ThinQ 5G's "5G experience" is a 4,000 mAh battery.

Of course the Z camera also makes for more complex selfies, and you can even make hand gestures in front of the phone - like pinching or waving - to operate it without touching, for those itching to live out their Minority Report fantasies.

It's basically a case, which adds a 6.2-inch FHD+ OLED display to the V50 ThinQ 5G connecting via the special pogo pins placed on the back of the smartphone.

Also announced by LG is the successor to the G7 ThinQ, the G8 ThinQ that packs in a 6.1-inch QHD+ display.




One of the highlight features of the LG G8 ThinQ is its Z Camera, which uses Time-of-Flight to enable some unique functions. LG's Hand ID uses "biometric authentication" tech; its IR sensors collect information about your blood and draws an image of your vein structure - all you need to do to unlock your device is to hover your hand over the screen and the phone will unlock.

The big innovation here is a 3D camera - known as a Z Camera - which offers a range of benefits, most notably, improved facial recognition, but also a completely new way of interacting with the phone.

Placing the palm in front of the front camera will unlock the phone, while moving the fingers in specific ways will give various orders to the G8 ThinQ such as taking screenshots, activating music apps and controlling the volume. The smartphone from LG comes with 6GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage that can be expanded up to 2TB with a memory card.

On the front, we can see a notch where an 8MP primary selfie camera is placed along with a 5 MP wide-angle lens. LG always try to find some new triggering feature to push sales. The smartphone comes equipped with rear mounted fingerprint sensor and is backed by a 3500mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support. You also get a headphone jack and 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC.

Despite being one of the few companies not sporting a bendy model this year, the company has a more than worthy alternative to go with its first next-generation handset, the V50 ThinQ 5G.

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