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LG V50 ThinQ 5G for Sprint leaked by Evan Blass

The LG V50 ThinQ with support for Sprint's 5G network has broken cover. (Source: @evleaks)
The LG V50 ThinQ with support for Sprint's 5G network has broken cover. (Source: @evleaks)
Evan Blass has leaked out the LG V50 ThinQ ahead of MWC19. As expected the device will be the first from LG with support for 5G networks. The model pictured is destined for the Sprint 5G network, which is targeting nine US markets for the initial rollout of the new cellular technology.
Sanjiv Sathiah,

Full-time device leaker, and part-time comedian, Evan Blass has leaked out the LG V50 ThinQ ahead of its official unveiling at MWC19. As with the LG G8 ThinQ (which looks very similar to its predecessor the G7), the new V50 ThinQ looks very similar to the V40 ThinQ. This means that, for better or worse, it continues with a notched display which other makers are working hard to eliminate altogether.

Given LG’s smartphones sales woes, the company has kept overall design changes on both its flagship devices to a minimum, probably to help keep a lid on tooling costs. Further, we know that the G8 integrates a 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensor into its notch (more than likely to help justify its retention), which suggests that it has probably done the same here with the V50 ThinQ. After all, if Huawei and Apple think it is worth sticking with a notch for 3D facial recognition for their flagships like the Mate 20 Pro and iPhone Xs, why not LG too?

LG has taken the time, however, to rework the triple rear camera design for a much more seamless and integrated look. It certainly gives it a somewhat unique flavor and looks better than the camera bulges that you still see on many devices. While we expect the V50 ThinQ to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 on board, the big news is of course the inclusion of 5G cellular support. This, along with its 5 camera set up and individual design helps to differentiate it from the G8.

Expect LG to officially take the covers off both the G8 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ on February 25.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-02-16 (Update: 2019-02-16)
Sanjiv Sathiah
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.