LG is bringing its first 5G phone to Mzansi , with the LG V50 ThinQ 5G promising ultra-fast connectivity on Vodacom. The carrier exclusive will tap into Vodacom’s developing 5G network once the 5G spectrum is allocated, while also aiming to prove that just because you support next-generation wireless, doesn’t mean you have to be heavy and unwieldy.
So, LG started with the bones of its early V Series devices, and coaxed a 5G variant from them. At 159.2 x 76.1 x 8.3 mm and 183 grams, the V50 ThinQ 5G is certainly in the same ballpark as other recent flagships. That’s despite LG squeezing in a 4,000 mAh battery.
On the front there’s a 6.4-inch QHD+ OLED FullVision display, along with dual cameras. Unfortunately the Z Camera of the LG G8 ThinQ hasn’t made it over, with its clever Time-of-Flight technology. Instead, you get an 8-megapixel standard selfie camera, and a 5-megapixel wide-angle camera (even though there’s only 10-degrees difference between the two.
On the back, there are three cameras. The standard clocks in at 12-megapixels, with f/1.5 optics and a 78-degree field of view. Then there’s a 12-megapixel telephoto, with an f/2.4 lens and 2x magnification. Finally, the 16-megapixel wide-angle camera has an f/1.9 lens and 107-degree field of view. Portrait Video is supported on both the front and rear cameras.
The V50 ThinQ 5G uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset and the X50 5G modem. There’s LG’s 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAX with DTS:X Surround Sound support, along with IP68 water and dust resistance, Quick Charge 3.0, and a fingerprint sensor on the rear.
Of course, the main reason people will be interested is the 5G support. There, LG says that the combination of its big battery and a new Vapor Chamber heat-dissipation system should mean the V50 ThinQ 5G stays cool and collected. The Vapor Chamber uses a new, more advanced system than typical heat pipes, LG suggests.
So far, so good. The LG V50ThinQ is available in South Africa for R13,599 or R549/m x 36 month tariff plan, or R699 x 24 month tariff plan exclusive to Vodacom.