LG V50 ThinQ 5G may be Sprint’s first 5G phone to be announced next month
ETnews reports that the chaebol confirmed that both the LG G8 ThinQ and the newly-minted LG V50 ThinQ 5G will be announced in Barcelona on March 24, offering clear choices to consumers who may decide to adopt a new connectivity standard in its early stage.
The V50 will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, a 4,000mAh battery and a 6-inch display. To counter excess heat, the company has designed a vapor chamber cooling system. It will cost between ₩1.3 million and ₩1.5 million or $1,160 to $1,340, depending on memory configuration. Along with Sprint, South Korean networks SK Telecom, KT and LG U+ will carry the device.
We have fewer details — though quite a few leaks — on the 4G-only LG G8 ThinQ, but we know that it will be a globally-available device.
The manufacturer is staking this two-pronged plan for the spring not just as a salvo on 5G pioneership against larger competitor Samsung, which has a slate of Galaxy S10 devices in the wings, but also as a force majeure to sustain its struggling mobile division.
“We are prepared to take a lead in the global 5G smartphone market, and we have thoroughly prepared for a long time,” LG officials said in a machine-translated statement.
The company is determining how it will proceed with branding its phone for the second half of the year.