LG's First 5G Phone Can Turn Into A Dual Screen Sandwich

LG’s first 5G phone is the V50 ThinQ

LG’s first 5G phone is the V50 ThinQ

This is enabled by use of the ToF (time of flight) Z Camera and infrared sensors, enabling users to hover their hand over the display to unlock their smartphones. T-Mo hasn't said if it'll carry the LG V50 ThinQ that was announced today alongside the G8, but I've asked T-Mobile about the device and will update you when I hear back.

The LG G8 ThinQ is now official as the latest entry in LG's G series of Android flagships.

The TOF sensor also has applications in biometric security, as it's able to perform vein detection in your hand as it approaches the device - Hand ID.

As LG revealed last week, the G7 ThinQ replacement uses Crystal Sound OLED, which repurposes the screen as a diaphragm, vibrating the entire surface to produce sound.

As with most LG launches, the company has withheld some information. It's also rendered in one of three colours - Carmine Red, New Aurora Black or New Moroccan Blue.

In terms of other features, the LG G8 ThinQ has a speaker module integrated into the 6.1-inch OLED Quad HD+ display and there is a Quad DAC, Boom Box and DTS:X 3D Surround Sound on board too.

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There will be two variants of the LG G8 ThinQ available - one with a dual rear camera and the other with a triple rear camera. It has a 50mAh larger battery though and it will have the triple camera on the rear.

On the front, the LG G8 ThinQ bears an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with an f/1.7aperture, 1.22-micron pixels, and an 80-degree lens. Unlike Oppo though, LG's chosen to place its TOF sensor on the front of the phone and called it the Z Camera (because of its 3D depth sensing capabilities). For those who would rather not unlock the handset with their hand or face, there is a traditional rear-facing fingerprint scanner.

Speaking of audio, LG has also included a Boombox Speaker feature with the G8 ThinQ that's capable of stereo output. Battery capacity is 3500mAh with fast charging supported but neither wireless or reverse charging. It measures 151.9x71.8x8.4mm and weighs 167 grams. The display can be locked into two angles, 104-degrees and 180-degrees.

As for optics, the LG G8s ThinQ bears a toned-down triple rear camera setup, with a 12-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel wide-angle sensor, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens.

"Simply placing a pre-registered hand in front of the front-facing camera for a split second is all it takes to unlock the LG G8 ThinQ and all its content". It ships with 64GB or 128GB of inbuilt storage, not expandable via microSD card.

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