LG has three new flagship telephones for 2019, with 5G, twin screens and palm scanning

At a Cellular World Congress the place foldable telephones are grabbing many of the headlines, the brand new LG G8 ThinQ and LG V50 ThinQ can look unspectacular by comparability – however LG’s new flagships for 2019 include numerous helpful upgrades, with out deviating an excessive amount of from final yr’s fashions.

Beginning with the LG G8 ThinQ, the cellphone is the primary G collection mannequin to make use of an OLED display screen – which ought to present deeper, richer colour than LCD. Not solely that, particular vibration expertise permits it to work as an amplifier, eradicating the necessity for a front-facing speaker.

One other fascinating (although maybe finally pointless) improve is the vein-scanning tech constructed into the entrance dealing with digicam: it lets you maintain your palm as much as the cellphone and unlock it utilizing the distinctive sample of your veins. The facial recognition login system has been upgraded for velocity and accuracy too, LG says – so take your decide of login strategies.

Talking of waving your palms in entrance of your cellphone, the LG G8 ThinQ helps using fast “air gestures” – swipes and pinches within the air for controlling media playback, taking screenshots, opening apps and extra. Fairly whether or not they’ll be extra handy than simply urgent and tapping stays to be seen, however they’re there when you want them.

The main LG G8 ThinQ offers a 6.1-inch screen and a Snapdragon 855 processor

The principle LG G8 ThinQ affords a 6.1-inch display screen and a Snapdragon 855 processor


Elsewhere the specs are respectable for a premium 2019 flagship cellphone, with out providing something to lift eyebrows: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of inside storage (expandable by way of reminiscence card). The display screen measures 6.1 inches, with a 19.5:9 side ratio and a 3,120 x 1,440 pixel decision.

The rear digicam is a triple-lens 16 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP affair, although LG says it could fluctuate by market (it appears to be like as if some international locations, together with the US, must accept a dual-lens rear digicam). It did not make a lot point out of the digicam throughout its press occasion however we’re assuming it should be no less than competent.

Background blurring is being improved for each portrait and video modes, giving customers extra flexibility in terms of tweaking the look of their pictures.

With a notch and a fingerprint sensor on the rear, the cellphone design is not pushing any boundaries. It’s, nonetheless, waterproof to the highest IP68 degree and helps fast charging. Oh, and the three.5 mm headphone jack remains to be right here too, so you possibly can keep it up utilizing your current headphones with it.

The Dual Screen add-on for the LG V50 ThinQ will let you add controls to games, for example

The Twin Display screen add-on for the LG V50 ThinQ will allow you to add controls to video games, for instance


The LG V50 ThinQ is a shock in that LG often waits till later within the yr to unveil its V collection cellphone. In contrast with the LG G8, it brings with it an even bigger 6.4-inch show (that lacks the speaker performance), upgraded wi-fi audio high quality, and 5G assist – simply in case you are in part of the world prone to get a 5G community improve this yr.

This time round with the V collection, and with a nod to the folding telephones of 2019, LG is introducing an adjunct referred to as the Twin Display screen. It attaches to the LG V50 ThinQ to work as a hinged second show that doubles up as a case – letting you carry up digital sport controls, say, or enabling you to observe video and browse the net on the similar time.

Lastly, as Apple did final October and Samsung did final week, LG has launched a extra reasonably priced flagship mannequin. The LG G8s ThinQ (notice that “s”) has a show that is greater (6.2 inches) however with a barely decrease decision than the principle LG G8, and a digicam with fewer megapixels, although the remainder of the inner specs are largely the identical.

As for the all-important pricing, we’re nonetheless ready for official phrase – anticipate these handsets to value just a bit lower than the Samsungs of this world. LG hasn’t mentioned when the telephones are going to go on sale both, nevertheless it ought to be within the close to future.

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