The Good The waterproof LG V50 has a large, crisp display, five cameras that take many different photos, a headphone jack and a 5G connection.
The Bad The phone is expensive if you do not use a lot of 5G and lack sufficient compelling software applications.
The Bottom Line Although the LG V50 is a reliable phone and one of the first to have 5G, it is not worth the investment. Its high price cannot compete with the OnePlus 7 Pro, and nationwide 5G coverage is rare.
LG has just announced an updated version of the G8 called the LG G8X which, among other features, is compatible with a dual-screen attachment similar to LG V50 .
The LG V50 ThinQ is a fantastic phone that is noticeable for one reason: it is the first 5G phone from LG and Sprint. Starting at $ 1,152, the V50 costs about $ 200 more than last year’s LG V40 because it has a faster processor, twice the built-in storage, a larger battery, and of course, 5G connectivity. The V50 is the confidence of the future for those 5G speeds, and in that sense it works. But if you don’t live in an area where there is high speed 5G coverage or will be out soon, you can’t take advantage of the most efficient phone feature, and what’s left is a high-end phone that costs a couple hundred. more than it should. In addition to sprinting, the phone will be available at Verizon June 20 for $999, as well as AT&T and T-Mobile at a later date.
The LG V50 is big, fast, and you can take lots of cool and fun shots with your five cameras. But it has no options other than 5G, and it’s expensive. In addition to its direct value, you will need to sign up for Sprint’s Premium unlimited plan for access to 5G, which starts at $ 90 a month. Verizon 5G plans start at $ 85 (but for a limited time the operator will refuse additional $ 10 per month access fee ). Meanwhile, the phone sells with dual-screen accessory in Australia for $ 1,728, with plans starting at £ 69 in the UK.
If you do not currently have 5G coverage from your provider, wait and choose a less expensive phone – consider OnePlus 7 Pro , Galaxy S10E or even the LG G8 . Even if you live in the 5G area or get 5G in the near future, I still think you should miss it. 5G is still in its early stages, and coverage is not as widespread or reliable as it will be (hopefully) next year. If you have a large budget and do not want to be on the cutting edge of network technology, invest in such expensive funds 5G phone is just not worth it right now .
Originally published on June 13 at 4:30 am.
Update, 10:41: This review was originally published with an incorrect rating due to an edit error. This was corrected to 8.0 out of 10.
Update, June 18: Adds Verizon availability.
A closer look at V50 ThinQ, the first 5G phone from LG
LG V50 Against Competition
LG G8 ThinQ: The flagship LG has many things I like about the V50, but it costs $ 820 to $ 850, depending on the operator. Although I prefer the Galaxy S10E in this price range, the G8 has a headphone jack and a sharp OLED screen like the V50. It also has a nice gesture navigation feature that you can use or ignore. You won’t get an extra V50 telephoto lens or this wide-angle camera up front, but you’ll save at least $ 300.
OnePlus 7 Pro: Starting at $ 669, the OnePlus 7 Pro is my top pick of the bunch. It has triple rear cameras, an expansive 6.67-inch display that updates 90 times per second, a sophisticated selfie camera, and the same powerful Snapdragon 855 processor. People in the UK will have even more options as a 5G variant of the phone will be available ( although OnePlus has not yet released any dates and pricing information). Keep in mind that the phone is not rated for water resistance, it doesn’t have a headphone jack, and unless you’re in the UK it won’t have a 5G connection – but you’ll have an extra $ 483 in your pocket, and it’s not too shabby.
Galaxy S10 Plus: The Galaxy S10 Plus has longer battery life, takes better photos and looks more stylish than the V50. For $ 1,000 it’s also expensive, but not as expensive as the V50 (which is why I prefer the Galaxy S10E over both). If you’re not excited about 5G and want a great phone, you can’t go wrong with the S10 Plus.
Galaxy S10 5G: The S10 5G costs $ 1,300. Honestly, I’m not too keen on this phone, but as one of the few 5G phones that directly competes with the V50, it has deep-sensing cameras, a larger battery, a screen scanner and direct wireless charging over the V50. Currently, you can only get it on Verizon, but it will arrive to other carriers later.
The LG V50 has five, so five, cameras
At the back of the V50 is a 12-megapixel standard camera, a 16-megapixel wide-angle shooter and a 12-megapixel telephoto. This is a similar setup for many premium devices such as the Galaxy S10 Plus and the OnePlus 7 Pro. In general, the V50 captures bright, vivid images. Its wide-angle lens is useful when I want to shoot content in the frame. Although its field of view is not as wide as the Galaxy S10 Plus wide-angle camera, the colors taken by the V50 had more pop compared to the OnePlus 7 Pro. I also preferred the low-light photos on the OnePlus 7 Pro, using its Nightscape mode compared to the V50 because the objects looked less cloudy and blurred. The V50 can also make video in portrait mode, but the effect is uneven and can use improvement.
On the front is an 8MP standard camera and a 5MP wide angle lens. The rear camera portrait photos looked crisp, and the smooth fall between the front and back backgrounds appeared on all three devices. As for the front-facing portrait shots, I preferred the OnePlus 7 Pro. Details such as skin and hair were clearer. But the skin tone on the V50 looked more natural than the Galaxy S10 Plus, which looked too washed and orange.
5G speed LG V50
I’m not going to go into too much detail about the capabilities of a 5G phone, as I take it all in another piece But to sum it up, I got the chance to try out 5G Sprint speeds in Dallas. Although the data rate was not as high as we saw in Chicago with Verizon on the Galaxy S10 5G, I was still able to download the entire show season in less than five minutes, the speed exceeded 434 Mbps and the coverage was more reliable than Verizon.
But keep in mind that if you have 5G or get 5G, your experience is likely to be very different from mine. There are many variables, including location, time of day, number of people online, and even weather. These factors are exacerbated by the fact that 5G is still in its infancy stage for each carrier. See CNET articles for more information Verizon 5G vs Sprint comparison .
Literally sophisticated design of the LG V50
The LG V50 is a large, extremely luxurious phone. It has a huge 6.4-inch OLED display that perfectly looks at photos and videos. Its front screen has two front camera cameras, but if you’re not a fan, you can hide the notch in Settings.
One thing I noticed about the V50 is that it is quite slippery. There were times when I laid it on a flat surface and it slowly slid. More than once it slid across my computer stand, and other times after a heavy fall after sliding down the base. He fell about a foot and hit his corner against the cement floor. Fortunately, there were no marks. The back of my V50 really scratched my fingerprint reader, and I think that’s when I put it on a rocky step. Although the phone case can protect the device from such cases, I was surprised how easily it was messed up.
- The V50 has a Google Assistant quick launch button below the volume rocker. Press it for a long time and you can start communicating directly with the assistant. It doesn’t look like you can reinstall this button, which is a drag and drop. You can only turn it on and off.
- The owners of leading earphones are pleased to hear that there is a headphone jack on the phone – a rare thing in these high-end phones.
- The phone has an IP68 rating for water resistance, meaning it can stand at least one meter (about three feet) underwater for 30 minutes. I plunged my phone into a 5 liter water bucket for 28 minutes and it survived.
LG V50 Performance and Battery
The V50 has a Snapdragon 855 chipset, which is the same as the Galaxy S10 Plus and OnePlus 7 Pro. Benchmark tests were almost comparable to the three phones, though the V50 still managed to beat the S10 Plus with just hair in all four of the landmarks I ran. I would not get hung up on these numbers. Using real-world usage such as launching apps and running the camera, I didn’t notice a difference in speed on any of the phones.
Anecdotally, the V50 battery has been a long work day with heavy usage. When I started testing 5G phone speed in Dallas, the phone started at 82% at 1:00 pm. By 16:39, when I was finishing my data tests, my phone was up 32%. During our lab tests for continuous V50 video playback, it lasted 17 hours and 49 minutes, which is a great run and longer than the OnePlus 7 Pro, which runs for 15 hours and 50 minutes. Both phones, however, failed to outpace the Galaxy S10 Plus, which ran for an impressive 21 hours.
LG V50 specifications comparison
|LG V50 ThinQ||LG G8 ThinQ||Samsung Galaxy S10 5G||OnePlus 7 Pro|
|Display size, resolution||6.4-inch OLED; 3,120×1,440 pixels||6.1-inch OLED; 3,120×1,440 pixels||6.7-inch AMOLED||6.67-inch AMOLED; 3,120×1,440-pixels|
|Dimensions (Inches)||6.26 x 3.0 x 0.33 in||5.98 x 2.83 x 0.33 in||6.40 x 3.04 x 0.31 in||6.4 x 2.99 x 0.35 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||159.1 x 76.1 x 8.3 mm||151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4 mm||162.6 x 77.1 x 7.94 mm||162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||6.46 oz.; 183g||5.96 oz.; 167g||6.98 oz.; 198g||7.27 oz; 206g|
|Mobile software||Android 9.0||Android 9.0||Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI||Android 9.0 with OxygenOS|
|Camera||12-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)||12-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (wide-angle)||12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto), 3D depth (HQVGA)||48-megapixel (standard), 8-megapixel (telephoto), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle)|
|Front-facing camera||8-megapixel (standard), 5-megapixel (wide)||8-megapixel||10-megapixel, 3D depth (HQVGA)||16-megapixel|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||2.84GHz octa-core Snapdragon 855||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||2.84GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|RAM||6GB||6GB||8GB||6GB, 8GB, 12GB|
|Battery||4,000 mAh||3,500 mAh||4,500 mAh||4,000 mAh|
|Fingerprint sensor||Back||Back||In-screen (ultrasonic)||In-screen (optical)|
|Special features||5G connectivity; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging, Quick Charge 3.0||3D scanning and motion capture with facial recognition, Air Motion and HandID; bone-induction receiver; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; Quick Charge 3.0||Wireless PowerShare; 3D depth cameras (not for face unlock); water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0||90Hz display, pop-up selfie camera, dual-SIM, Warp Charging|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$1,152 (Sprint)||$820-$850||$1,300 (Verizon)||$669 (128GB/6GB); $699 (256GB/8GB); $749 (256GB/12GB)|
|Price (GBP)||TBA||TBA||TBA||£649 (128GB/6GB); £699 (256GB/8GB); £799 (256GB/12GB)|
|Price (AUD)||TBA||TBA||TBA||Converted: AU$962 (128GB/6GB); AU$1,006 (256GB/8GB); AU$1,076 (256GB/12GB)|