LG V50 ThinQ Hands-on: technically foldable [Video]


The LG V50 ThinQ looks like an excellent handset and has all the features of an excellent device. The problem is that, unlike the LG G8 ThinQ, it really does not have any really great features, unless you count the optional gamepad in the full package.

Let's start by saying that the LG V40 was a device that probably should have done a lot better than it actually did. The hardware alone would have been enough to attract enough people to pick up the handset, but the price is clearly a problem.

Does the LG V50 ThinQ have enough to make it a remarkable device? I'm not so sure. Yes, this is the first LG device connected to the 5G, but the 5G is in its infancy with a support rate close to 0%.

Are people willing to choose this compared to a competing device connected in 5G? Now it's even harder to answer that question. even after our brief LG V50 ThinQ practice session.

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Design and material

At first glance, the LG V50 ThinQ is hard to distinguish from the LG G8 ThinQ – at least in my opinion. That does not mean that one or the other is a bad phone, far from it. I would not expect that they will stand out among the LG lineup. It's worth noting.

Like the G8, the device is reassuring and solid when it is held. I can not in any way criticize the manufacturing quality of the V50. He feels perfectly and well thought out from the point of view of conviviality.

I'm glad that has opted for a standard fingerprint reader mounted in the back. That's exactly what we all like to know and love, but for some reason, like the G8 ThinQ, it was disabled during the demo session.

I can only imagine that this was intended to prevent devices from being permanently blocked. This means that I can not guarantee the overall speed of the unlocking process, but I do not foresee that it will be ridiculously slow or anything – at least, I hope!

LG V50 ThinQ Design and Hardware

It is at this point that I would like to mention the kind of simplistic way with which LG has added the ability to fold the LG V50 ThinQ. By adding a secondary screen that can be used as a joystick or as a second screen, you can say that they have technically created a foldable smartphone.

Now, that's not really what they did. The second screen is actually practical and compact. If it was bundled, it would be a great addition for a hardcore mobile gaming player. Do these people exist?

Is it a gadget? I would say yes, 100%. Will he sell? I am not sure to be completely honest. The joystick's functionality was very impressive during the short practical session. There were a few janky patches but overall I found that it worked really well. Pricing will be the key to knowing if it is adopted. I think I might have a weakness for that though, if only because it reminds me of the Nintendo 3DS.

LG is no stranger to unusual additions and this is one of the main reasons I have a soft spot for the South Korean company, despite the fact that they have gone through a difficult period in the smartphone market .

The screen is an area that certainly does not miss both the LG V50 ThinQ and LG G8 ThinQ. The screen QHD + OLED is superb and given the number of smears I left on the screen, it did not alter its appearance.

Software and performance

Android Pie and the Snapdragon 855 guarantee incredibly good performance. I did not see any kind of blockage, hiccups or slowdowns during the LG V50 ThinQ practice session. To be fair, I would have been almost angry if I had experienced the stacked data. All the power performance offered by the V50 is comparable to that of the Samsung Galaxy S10 to date and I do not foresee any problem.

The addition of this secondary screen seems however to pose some additional problems. I do not know if it was the software or the operator, but when I showed the material that worked, I found that it presented a strange pause – especially when we went from portraiture to the landscape. It's technically a pre-publication, but if it persists after publication, there should be no excuses.

LG V50 ThinQ software and performance

During my interviews with the LG G8 ThinQ, I mentioned that software was an area that really concerned me. LG just does not have the track record of software updates, and it goes without saying that the V50 might have the same problems. At this early stage, it is difficult to determine if we will have update issues, but again, I reserve my judgment until I have the opportunity to test a device over a longer period of time than an hour after the keynote address.

I would say that I like the light, almost standard Android, supplied with the V50. It does not pollute the application drawer with a ton of extra applications that do not really do much – which is charming.


The front camera does not include any of the hands-free control tips that we find on the G8, but the rear cameras do not stand up to this device. Behind this glass, you will find a plethora of quality equipment for cameras. It is actually tIt has exactly the same triple camera configuration as found on the V40, so we know what to expect.

LG's V range has always been the real competitor of cameras and the V50 ThinQ is absolutely no different. It incorporates an impressive camera technology, which will definitely work beautifully after its release. The lack of opportunity I had to dig into the camera system was futile, as a connected device was virtually impossible to test in the environment of a bad taster session.

LG V50 ThinQ Camera

I would say that the detection or tracking of faces was very impressive, even in this scenario less than ideal, just like the distance shooting in portrait mode. I'm looking forward to taking the LG V50 ThinQ camera configuration for a spin that's for sure.

Like the LG G8 ThinQ too, the V50 has a flush-mounted camera under the rear window of the handset, which is also superb. I must congratulate LG on this camera design decision and hope that many other manufacturers will take a similar approach, even if it means that broken windows on the back could make your camera completely unusable.

Initial verdict

My instinct tells me that it's probably a better buy than the LG G8 ThinQ, but at the same time, I think the extra handsfree features it brings make it a more appealing set than the LG V50 THINQ.

Admittedly, the 5G will explode in the years to come, but for the moment, there is no other thing that sells this handset except a rather pretty design and potentially great devices. I doubt that 5G connectivity is going to my home country for at least 12 months. We then look at a new range of devices using this connectivity, with better performance and probably much more recent software.

Now, consider that the LG V40 was announced just four months ago and you can indicate that this upgrade is not so huge. The new Snapdragon 855 is nice. The 5G is nice. But the price will be increased to accommodate these new inclusions.

For the moment, I must say that I find the LG G8 ThinQ is a slightly more attractive proposition, if only for the bizarre inclusions that will occur without having to spend more money.

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