LG V50 ThinQ 5G Review: two displays, unlimited possibilities!
LG it is usual to present, in preview with respect to other brands, experiments and innovations ed LG V50 5G represents a double challenge in this regard. In fact, the top of the range of the brand comes with the modem Snapdragon X50, and this means network connection in 5G and with a gem that has particularly amazed us: theLG DualScreen. Has the "novelty" of the second display been a fair implementation? Find out in our full review.
LG V50 5G Review
LG V50 ThinQ 5G offers a particularly rich package, inside we find:
LG V50 5G;
18W power supply;
USB Type-C cable;
Earphones in ear with adapters for different pavilions;
Pin to extract SIM.
Design and construction quality
The device follows the aesthetic lines of the previous series, with an aluminum frame, back cover and glass display protected respectively by Gorilla Glass 6 and 5. Despite the display from 6.4 ″, LG V50 ThinQ 5G it does not appear to be particularly bulky, with dimensions of 159.2 x 76.1 x 8.3 mm and a weight of 183 grams.
From a purely aesthetic point of view, the device has a particularity that I appreciated very much, namely the "flush" cameras with the body. However this stylistic choice involves some problems for the slipperiness of the device: not having interruptions, V50 turns out to be particularly slippery when placed on flat surfaces.
Beyond this little note, the product has satisfied me with regards to strength and build quality, also demonstrating that it offers good grip without covers. On the other hand the choice of Gorilla Glass 6 on the back cover fully pays off.
LG V50 ThinQ 5G it boasts a large display P-OLED from 6.4 ″ with maximum resolution from 2K (3120 x 1440 pixel, 538 PPI). Also thanks to software implementations, the panel of the device will be an added value, standing out in sharpness, quality of details and color fidelity.
The light sensor will then be able to optimally graduate the intensity of the display allowing efficient use both in the dark and under the sunlight.
Secondly, then, since it is an OLED display we will have the possibility to set the Always on Display that can be customized via software. To preserve the autonomy, then, you will be able to make a quality downscale: a very interesting feature since even if you use FullHD + resolution you will not lose practically any detail.
A qualitatively excellent display that loses a bit of charm due to the now ubiquitous notch that occupies an important portion of the front surface.
LG Dual Screen
The real heart of this device may be a paradox, but it is on the outside. Thanks to'LG Dual ScreenIn fact, you will have the possibility to access many features, be it gaming, multimedia or productivity. In a smartphone landscape that tends to shrink, where everyone offers (more or less) the same features, LG stands out with the implementation of this dual display which in our opinion turns out to be an extra weapon.
Even if the second display does not maintain the same quality as the main one, you can use it optimally for multitasking and willingly sacrifice the design of the entire device to have the "shortcuts" offered by the second display. The additional screen, in fact, can be applied with the help of a particular cover and by using the pins on the body of the device itself.
Clearly, and we will see it later, the use of the two displays will entail a cost in terms of autonomy.
We have on board the LG UX 8.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie and updated to the May 2019 patches. The interface - although based on Android - is highly personalized and customizable.
The great protagonist - in this sense - is the display. On several occasions, in fact, we happen to have limitations in terms of screen settings, both from a chromatic and qualitative point of view. Thanks to LG UXinstead, you can set different display resolutions: from 1560 720 pixels x a maximum represented by 3120 1440 pixels x. Clearly the price to be paid, in this sense, will be autonomy. The customization that I most appreciated, however, was that related to color calibration, you will have 7 well predefined modes and the ability to manually set the temperature.
At the same time you can define the grids of the home page, as well as the character and size of the display. The device, also thanks to the Dual Screen, gives a nod to multimedia and in this sense we find two appropriate features, which can be activated directly from the drop-down menu: the DTS X 3D Surround and l 'Hi-Fi Quad DAC, both dedicated to better audio rendering. Then we go back to the Gestures chapter: LG offers the possibility of replacing the classic Nav Bar with 3 keys with an Android One style button. By choosing this mode, in fact, you will be able to return to the Home by clicking on the button and - making a swipe upwards - you will be able to access the recent apps.
As we have mentioned, the LG OS is particularly "present" in the user experience and if on several sides it appears to be an advantage, on the other hand it will help to slow down the fluidity and the general yield.
Hardware and performance
LG V50 ThinQ 5G has the fabric of the top of the range. Not by chance we find the solution on board Qualcomm to 7 nm, the Snapdragon 855 accompanied by the CPU Adreno 640, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage (expandable up to 1 TB via microSD).
On several occasions we found ourselves commenting on the performance - practically perfect - of the Snapdragon 855 and even in this case we can only confirm the previous impressions.
If possible the device puts the SoC even more to the test using the two displays, and the sensations don't change. You will have the opportunity to use expensive games, heavy applications and multitasking (unbridled) ed LG V50 ThinQ 5G it will not be affected in the least. From this point of view the "only" 6 GB of RAM do not represent a limit, they are - indeed - more than sufficient.
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We have a particularly complete photographic compartment, composed of 5 chambers and, more precisely, on the back we find three sensors from 12 mega-pixel f / 1.5 with dual pixel PDAF + OIS, telephoto lens from 12 mega-pixel f / 2.4 with 2x optical zoom, PDAF and OIS and wide-angle from 16 mega-pixels f / 1.9, without auto focus.
In terms of quality LG V50 ThinQ 5G offers top-of-the-range quality: the shots - even in less than optimal conditions - turn out to be sharp and well-balanced in terms of color. At the same time the HDR (which will also work on the wide-angle) helps improve the yield of photos.
Thanks to AI, on the software side, we find punctual but never intrusive fixes, making this device fully appreciated as a camera phone.
On the other hand we find a compartment composed of two cameras: 8 mega-pixels main and 5 mega-pixels wide. From this point of view we find a general backward step, with acceptable photos, but not at the height of the main sensor. On the other hand, instead, we can use the wide-angle (front) to capture group selfies. In any case, both rear and front wide-angle lenses thanks to software optimization reduce distortion to a minimum.
Connectivity and audio quality
Among the strengths of the device we undoubtedly find the features related to connectivity. In this fundamental LG V50 ThinQ 5G turns out to be particularly complete, and not only for the presence of the modem X50 di Qualcomm dedicated to the 5G network.
To accompany the new network standard we find Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac dual-band, DLNA, aptX HD, A-GPS, GLONASS and Galileo. Do not miss the stereo speaker and the 3.5 mm jack, with USB Type-C 1.0 and NFC.
While connectivity presents itself as a strength, the audio (in the box) did not satisfy me particularly. In fact, we will find a volume that is not too high and at the same time not exceptional in terms of quality.
All speeches related to autonomy are split into two, this is because the Dual Screen (an integral part of the daily use of the device) does not have its own battery. LG V50 ThinQ 5G has a battery from 4000 mAh that if used to power the smartphone alone it proves more than enough. The speech (as mentioned) will be different using the two screens.
In practical terms, the Second Screen will draw on the 20 / 25% was originally the total battery, reducing the use of the lit display by approximately one hour. It then passes from around 5 hours of display turned on using only the device, to 4 hours with second screen.
The charging times of LG V50 ThinQ 5G are quite content: with the Fast Charge at 18W you will charge the 4000 mAh in just over an hour. The device also supports Qi Fast Wireless Charging to 10W.
Will buy LG V50 ThinQ 5G? As always, we cannot sum up without considering the price, which is about 620 €. As you may have perceived by reading the review, it is a top of the range that even with some limitations, stands as a unique product on the market. This is his strength: if you decide to buy it, you will have some features that are inaccessible with other devices, not to mention the 5G connectivity that will soon "go crazy" among the operators' offers.
While not finding ourselves in the presence of an absolute best buy we are certain that this V50 has several aces up its sleeve and that therefore it will be able to appeal to many users intending to diversify the use of their smartphone.
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