The LG V50 ThinQ is the first 5G phone from LG and one of a few 5G phones that are currently available. In this LG V50 ThinQ review, I will tell you about the pros and cons of this phone and I will tell you just about everything that you need to know about it.
The LG V50 ThinQ looks a little too similar to its predecessors. However, this is one of the most expensive phones that’s currently on the market. This is due to the addition of the 5G modem.
LG V50 ThinQ Design:
The LG V50 ThinQ has a similar look and feel to that of its predecessors. I think it would have been better if LG could have given this phone a unique design.
The phone comes with a 6.4-inch OLED display screen with thin bezels and a notch at the top of the display screen which houses a speaker and two selfie cameras.
The measurements of the phone are 6.25 x 2.98 x 0.44 inches (HWD) and it weighs 6.46 ounces. So it’s slightly heavier than the other flagship phones that are currently on the market.
Located on the back panel of the phone there is a triple camera setup. Directly above the cameras is a yellow 5G logo which lights up when the phone is being used.
There is a fingerprint scanner located below the cameras. The fingerprint scanner is fast and responsive but it’s a little difficult to reach when holding the phone with one hand in a natural position.
At the bottom edge of the phone, you will find a speaker, a USB-C charging port, and a headphone jack.
The volume buttons are located on the left edge of the phone. Below the volume buttons is a convenience button which will give you the ability to access the Google Assistant. On the right edge of the phone is the power button.
LG V50 ThinQ Display Screen:
The LG V50 ThinQ has a 6.4-inch OLED display screen which has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The resolution on the display screen is 3,120 x 1,330 with 538 pixels per inch.
The color accuracy on this phone is great, it’s on the cooler side. However, you have the ability to modify it if you would prefer to have warmer colors.
While indoors the brightness is good at 335 nits, but you may have a hard time seeing it outside in direct sunlight. So you may have to customize the brightness of the display screen in realtime.
The glass on the display screen is made from Corning Gorilla Glass 5. While the glass on the back of the phone is made from Corning Gorilla Glass 6.
The LG V50 ThinQ has an IP68 dust and water resistance rating. It’s also MIL-STD-810G tested, this means that it can withstand shock from accidental drops.
So the glass on the phone is durable, nevertheless, you should handle the phone with care or get a phone case to protect it.
LG V50 ThinQ Sound Quality:
The LG V50 ThinQ features a dual speaker setup with DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, and the audio quality is great.
When the volume is cranked up the audio quality does not get distorted. It’s loud and clear with a little bit of bass.
The phone comes equipped with a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter). This converts your digital music into analog.
The audio quality on this phone is one of the best that’s currently available.
LG V50 ThinQ Hardware And Performance:
The LG V50 ThinQ has 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable internal storage which can be expanded up to 2TB.
The phone has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and it’s powered by a 4,000mAh battery.
Which will last for a little under one day of moderate use. The phone has Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 as well as Qi wireless charging capabilities.
The phone is very fast and responsive even when you have multiple apps open and you’re toggling between them.
Whether you enjoy watching videos, movies or playing video games this phone will perform well.
There is a new feature called Game Tools on the phone which gives you the ability to disable alerts, take screenshots, and take a break from your game.
LG V50 ThinQ Cameras:
The LG V50 ThinQ has a triple camera setup located on the back panel of the phone.
These cameras include a 12MP camera with a wide f/1.5 aperture, a 12MP telephoto camera with an f/2.4 aperture, and a 16MP super wide-angle camera with a 107-degree field of view and an f/1.2 aperture.
There is a dual-camera setup located at the front of the phone which consist of an 8MP camera and a 5MP camera.
LG does not have a reputation for making phones with good cameras. However, the cameras on the LG V50 ThinQ is good. It does a good job when taking photos in a well-lit setting.
The LG V50 ThinQ has an AI Cam which was implemented to make adjustments in real-time to the camera based on the condition.
When taking photos in a well lit setting the images are sharp with lots of details.
When taking photos in a darker setting the photos are good but there is a little bit of noise and the photos do not look as sharp.
Nevertheless, the LG V50 ThinQ has a dedicated night mode. This improves the quality of the photos when taking photos in low light conditions.
However, sometimes the photos appear to be slightly oversaturated. This is not a big problem, but if you’re looking for a phone that takes the best photos in low light conditions, you should consider the Google Pixel 3.
Located at the front of the LG V50 ThinQ there’s a dual-camera setup which has a standard 8MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture and a 5MP wide-angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture.
These cameras perform well when taking photos in a well-lit setting. The photos were clear with lots of detail, and the color accuracy was good.
When taking photos in Portrait mode the cameras do a great job focusing on the subject and showing lots of detail while blurring the background, it’s a nice bokeh effect.
When taking photos in a darker setting, the photos were not as sharp.
It seems as though the dynamic range does not work as well when taking photos in a darker setting.
Nevertheless, the cameras on this phone perform well, but they’re not among the best smartphone cameras on the market.
LG V50 ThinQ Software:
The LG V50 ThinQ runs on the Android Pie 9.0 operating system with LG UX 8.0. LG has made some changes to the notifications, settings menu, and the quick settings menu.
There is quite a bit of bloatware on this phone, this is something that many smartphone users dislike.
However, quite a bit of these apps can be uninstalled, even though the phone has the latest version of the Android operating system.
You should not expect it to get the update to the Android Q shortly after it has been released, because it usually takes LG a while to make operating system updates.
However, in 2018 LG opened a new software center in South Korea to speed up the updates to its phones.
However, it seems as though it’s not working because updates are not speedy.
My Final Thought:
LG has developed a reputation for building good smartphones and the LG V50 ThinQ is no exception. However, there are a couple of things that may deter the average smartphone user from buying this phone.
This is LG first 5G phone and it’s extremely expensive as a result of having 5G capabilities.
When you’re connected to a 5G network with this phone your internet speeds will be extremely fast.
You have the ability to upload and download files faster than you have ever done before. But the problem is, 5G technology is still in its infancy.
There are many places in the US that do not have 5G services as yet.
Even if you live in a city that currently has 5G it would be best to wait until it matures a bit because the phones and the services will become more affordable.
It would have been nice if LG could have improved the design of this phone a bit. It looks too similar to that of its predecessors.
Hopefully, the next LG phone will be a big improvement from the LG V50 ThinQ. If you’re looking for a less expensive phone that offers more value you should consider getting the Samsung Galaxy S10.
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