- Should you buy it?
- Is speed and responsiveness up to scratch?
- Can you afford it?
More and more people are using their smartphones not only for calling and sending messages but for a variety for other purposes, including those that involve heavy use of the internet. People not only listen to live songs through their phones but stream shows and even play online games too.
All these entail the need for a fast internet connection that the 5G network promises. For this reason, several smartphone manufacturers have released 5G capable smartphones, including LG.
But the question remains, and that is, should you buy it?
What you can expect from this review:
- 5G Capability
- Battery Life
It may come as a surprise, but there is really not much of a difference between the design of V40 and V50. It is like LG merely integrated a 5G capability and a greater battery capacity to the V40, and as you can expect, the result is a thicker and heavier handset.
The main difference that you will be able to note is that the V50's triple-lens housing doesn't protrude from its rear. There is still a fingerprint sensor below those cameras and you will also find an LED-powered 5G logo above the sensor and the cameras at the rear of the handset.
For some markets around the globe, such as in the United States, LG has launched an add-on for the V50 called Dual Display. It is a second screen that can be clipped onto the phone, functioning as a cover case when it is closed. It is intended to allow the user to run multiple apps simultaneously but of course, it comes with an additional price.
LG V50 ThinQ 5G has a big and bright display and this is clearly one of the pros of this phone. With a boosted brightness setting, you will never struggle to see what is on the screen.
It also has a 6.4-inch POLED panel with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, boasting a resolution of 3120x1440 which is wonderfully sharp. The screen of this handset is so colorful as it covers 169.5% of the sRGB color gamut. Its brightness also reaches 522 nits on average. This kind of display specifications is superb enough for streaming shows or playing games. Its Full Vision display is also pretty eye-catching.
Nevertheless, the rounded corners of the display sometimes cut off the corners of the videos, forcing the user to shrink the video instead, giving up the benefit of a full-screen display.
V50 has the same set of triple cameras that a V40 possesses such that you get a 12MP main shooter with a ƒ/1.5 aperture that allows an abundance of light into the sensor. Alongside this, you also get an ƒ/1.9 12MP wide-angle camera and an ƒ/2.4 telephoto lens. This paved the way for clearer, more zoomed-in portraits.
You will also get a selfie camera array that is dual-lens, with a secondary camera that is of the conventional, wide-angle type. The entire camera set is backed up by an AI scene recognition and a new Night View mode.
While LG V50 ThinQ is already 5G capable, you won't be able to experience an ultra-fast internet connection but this is because the 5G network is only available in some states. But where 5G is available, expect to have a speed range of around 300-600Mbps. This is so much faster than what you can get from an LTE network. Nevertheless, other 5G flagship smartphones from other manufacturers reached a speed of 1Gbps in areas where the 5G network was available.
The good news is that you don't have to stand outside in a direct line of sight from a 5G tower to experience a super-fast internet speed. With V50, you will have the ability to connect to the 5G network even if you are indoors.
V50's battery is beefed up to 4000mAh that was able to manage a sustained life to support 5G built on mmWave spectrum, and even after three hours of heavy usage, you will still have 70% of battery left. It is only quite surprising though that when connected to an LTE network, the battery life only lasted for eight and a half hours. This is relatively shorter compared to LG's other flagship smartphones. This battery life also lags behind the flagship phones of other manufacturers.
LG V50 ThinQ 5G offers quite a decent performance with 6GB of RAM and Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 processor. It is also one of the best handsets when it comes to graphics performance.
You can get LG V50 ThinQ 5G if you are willing to pay for an upfront price of over a thousand dollars. Otherwise, you can subscribe to a phone plan that will entail the need for you to pay around $25 a month for a 24-month contract. However, the handset is still not available to everyone mostly because of the limited 5G networks as of the moment.
This can be considered as a hefty price but it seems like it is justifiable because of its 5G capabilities, even if its design is largely similar to the V40. Compared to other smartphones with the same 5G capabilities, it is actually cheaper. The only drawback perhaps is that the 5G capability is the only new spec that you get from a price this much and nothing more, really.
5G capable smartphones are still on their infancy stage and this includes LG V50 ThinQ 5G. For a top of the line price, it should deliver the design and capabilities that you expect it too. Unfortunately, you may find that its competitors are doing a greater job than LG when it comes to this particular handset.
So should you buy it?
Yes, if you want to be one of the first persons to hold a 5G capable smartphone in your hands with a bright and sharp display.
No, if you want a better design for the price that you are willing to pay.