BARCELONA: LG IS THE LATEST big name to throw its hat into the 5G ring with its own unique take on the bendable phone.
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.
With a 6.4in screen, Qualcomm 855 chipset and stereo speakers using DTS:X tech, the company could have easily have given us a very exciting technology in a very average box.
The twist comes in the form of the Dual Screen case, which adds a second "slave" dumb touchscreen that doubles the real estate for multitasking or for use as a joypad. This actually makes a lot of sense, because it allows users to have the option of giant screens, without the premium pricing of the latest bendy technology.
One use case could be Amazon Video's "X-Ray" feature, which would allow you to see background information on screen two whilst watching screen one.
The second display doesn't have its own battery, so it can only be used whilst connected at angles between 104 and 180 degrees.
All this comes in a package comparable to a current 4G handset, and despite the processor rocking upwards of seven trillion operations per second, the heat dissipation means it runs at more or less the same temperature range.
If 5G isn't high on your priority list, there's an alternative in the form of the LG G8 ThinQ, a more ‘normal' phone that seemed to capture the interest at the post-launch scrummage for demos even more than the V50.
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.
Air Motion offers gesture control, which is something of a first for mobile - possibly because it's not particularly useful, and if we're honest, not fantastically slick.
By holding your hand above the device, you are authenticated by the veins in your hand, which are (we're told) even more unique than fingerprints, allowing you to unlock the phone, open apps and even adjust the volume.
It's certainly innovative, but in demos, was quite laggy, though cutting edge tech often comes with teething problems.
Elsewhere, the G8 ThinQ comes with the same Snapdragon 855 chip, DTS:X sound and audio that actually uses the screen to augment the sound.
The screen is 6.2in OLED while the triple rear camera tops out at 13MP. There's a selfie-cam of 8MP too. This spec is going to vary by market, with emerging markets offered a two-lens version.
In common with the emerging themes of MWC 2019, both devices are ‘coming soon' with no pricing announced. All we know for certain is that EE will be ranging the 5G model as one of its pilot launch phones. μ
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