LG V50 Thin Q – 5G Support

LG V50 Thin Q ($1152) joins the list of 5g enabled and 5g supported phones while the 5g is still in infant stage, phone packs a punch in overall performance. This remarkable phone joins the small list of 5g enabled devices that we have. Don’t confuse this with other LG V phone series in market. We will review the smartphone under 5 categories namely, Ergonomics (Display & Design), Call & Sound Quality, Hardware, Network & Performance, Cameras & Software followed by a quick verdict.

Let’s begin,
Ergonomics – For most of the design, it’s the typical LG V series design and that continues on this latest flagship also.

Front side is housed with a 6.4inch OLED display with small notch and minimum bezels.
Measurements – 6.25 by 2.98 by 0.44 inches, 6.46 ounces. (heavier but not difficult to hold for long, good weight balance)
Back side is a full glassed case and a camera horizontally placed. A yellow 5g logo glows (when in use), above camera. Below camera is your Fingerprint sensor – quite fast (might be little difficult for short hands). LG logos at bottom and mid.
Top side – Bare
Bottom side – Speaker, Headphone Jack & USB-C charging port
Left side – Volume Buttons & a convenience button (opens google assistant)
Right side – Power button
Display – 19:5:9 Aspect Ratio. Screen Res. At 3120 x 1330, 538 PPI. (Color accuracy is excellent). Brightness – Good – 335 nits.
Durability – Front – Gorilla glass 5, Back – Gorilla glass – 6.  IP68 rating for water and dust protection.

Network, Call & Sound Quality – V 50’s 5 G only supports that of Sprint’s Network. It supports LTE bands though (1/2/3/…. /71). It covers all carriers except AT&T. Band 71 provides better and vast coverage in rural areas.
Call Quality is excellent and crystal clear. Unsure of 5G quality though.
Wi-Fi – 2.4Ghz, 5.0Ghz bands.
NFC – Yes
Bluetooth – 5.0 for wireless tech
Audio Quality – Dual speakers with DTS:X 3D Surround sound. 93dB, loud enough. Clean sound & best in class.

Hardware & Performance – LG packs some pretty decent hardware and hence the performance.
Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Storage – 128 GB (103GB available for use)
Micro SD slot – Yes, up to 2TB additional storage.
Multitask – Easy & lag free
Gaming – Pretty Easy (no lags on asphalt 8) – Also a Game Tools for taking screenshots, disable notifications while game playing.
Benchmark tests – PCMark 2.0 – 8727 score
Battery – 4000mAh , Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 & Wireless charge supported (A day’s power with conservative use)

Cameras – Though not as famous as Pixel or Huawei or Samsung for camera performances, it still stands robust here. In short, it is a solid imaging device.
Back camera stats – Triple Camera stack, 12 MP lens , f/1.5 aperture, 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture & a 16MP Super wide angle lend with f/1.9 aperture & 107 degree field.
Front side – 8MP, 5MP (standard and wide angle)
Extras – AI Cam for automatic adjustments for best pictures in any conditions.
Low light photos decent.
Software – Android 9.0, LG UX 8.0.
Bloatware – Present, but can be installed
Future updates – Slow but steady. Android Q will not be very soon available.

Pricing & Verdict – Though expensive than its competitors due to 5G rollout, we think it’s a great all-rounder phone. Display is sharp, comes with latest android pie and beautiful audio quality is sure a nice signal. Hardware is pretty decent and has never lagged or underperformed in the past models as well. Gaming can be done easily and a nice camera just puts a nice smile over your mouth. It’s definitely a 4+ stars product.

Thanks for reading.

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