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LG Announces G8 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ at MWC

LG Announces G8 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ at MWC

This tech is capable of detecting objects by firing an infrared light and lets you unlock the device by holding your palm in front of the camera; the brand calls this functionality Hand ID. On the LG G8 ThinQ, you can stick your hand up for the front camera and it will identify you by veins in your hand. The South Korean manufacturer seems to have targeted smartphone users who like to either game or watch a lot of videos on their device, as the 6.4-inch V50 comes with a 19.5:9 QHD+ OLED FullVision (3120x1440; 564 ppi) display. It also emits sounds, together with the Boombox Speaker (LG introduced on the G7 ThinQ) which turns the entire phone's housing into a resonance chamber. Both have an 8-megapixel front camera with the accompanying Z Camera.

Elsewhere is a 6GB RAM, 128GB storage (which can be expanded by 2TB via a microSD card) and a 3500mAh battery. The phone is rated IP68 for water and dust resistance, as well as MIL-STD 810G compliance. Color options include Carmine Red, New Aurora Black, and New Platinum Gray.

For years, LG has unnecessarily split its premium customers between its G- and V-series lines, restricting features to one model or the other, rather than pooling all its efforts into a single flagship statement that really moves the needle.

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. The price of the LG V50 could be well north of $1,000, but that's just speculation for now. It has a 50mAh larger battery though and it will have the triple camera on the rear. The accessory adds a second 6.2-inch OLED display to the V50 ThinQ, allowing for foldable phone functionality and letting you use two apps at a time.

One of the highlight features of the LG G8 ThinQ is its Z Camera, which uses Time-of-Flight to enable some unique functions. Simply placing a pre-registered hand in front of the front-facing camera for a split second is all it takes to unlock the LG G8 ThinQ and all its content.

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"LG's totally backtracking with its smartphones", said one internet user on the community.

Yeah, the standout feature of the LG G8 ThinQ is termed as Hand ID.

The display has an impressive pixel per inch measurement of 538, making it one of the most attractive screens around.

LG had flagged back in August 2018 that it was working with Sprint on delivering the first 5G smartphone in the United States in the first half of 2019, following the launch of the carrier's 5G network.

Whenever a new flagship smartphone from an internationally famous brand gets announced, carriers in the U.S. usually race to announce their support for it.