LG’s V50 ThinQ 5G will be Sprint’s first 5G phone this spring

Sprint and LG are getting into the 5G phone race. 

After Verizon and Samsung announced that the Galaxy S10 5G will be Verizon’s first 5G phone last week, Sprint and LG on Sunday announced their first 5G phone, the new LG V50 ThinQ 5G. 

An exact price or release date was not announced but the new phone, the latest device is LG’s high-end V-series of phones, will come to Sprint at some point in the “coming months.” 

Specs on the phone include a high-resolution 6.4-inch OLED display and five cameras, three on the rear and two on the front. The three lenses on the back include a 16-megapixel wide angle sensor, 12-megapixel standard lens and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens for zoom. 

An 8-megapixel sensor on the front allows for standard shots while a second 5-megapixel lens allows for wide angle, group selfies. Both the front and rear cameras can take photos in portrait mode, which blurs out the background of the subject for more artistic images. New in the V50 ThinQ is a “Portrait Video” mode, which should provide a similar effect for videos.  

While some companies like Samsung and Huawei are preparing to launch foldable phones, LG is taking a different approach by introducing a “dual screen” accessory for the V50 ThinQ that lets you add a second screen to the phone. 

The accessory attaches like a cover case and runs off of the V50 ThinQ’s battery, adding a second 6.2-inch OLED display to the phone for multitasking such as having a game displayed on the phone’s main display and the controller appear on the added screen. 

It was not immediately clear how much the accessory will cost or if it will be coming to the U.S. 

Like 2019’s other high-end phones, including the latest Galaxy’s, the V50 ThinQ 5G will be powered by Qualcomm’s speedy Snapdragon 855 processor. There are also standard features such as stereo speakers, water and dust resistance and will have support for the latest versions of WiFi and Bluetooth, called WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, respectively.  

The phone will have 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, with support for additional storage available via a microSD card slot. A standard 3.5mm headphone jack is also still here.

Sprint has previously said it will turn on its 5G network in nine cities in the first half of 2019, a list that includes Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.

In addition to the V50 ThinQ 5G like other carriers, Sprint will also be getting the Galaxy S10 5G later this year.

The new LG phone, meanwhile, will similarly be coming to Verizon “this summer” after Sprint gets it first, though an exact release date or pricing for Verizon’s version was not announced. 

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