The LG V50 ThinQ is a unbelievable telephone that’s notable for one cause: It is LG and Dash’s first 5G telephone. Beginning at $1,152, the V50 is about $200 greater than final 12 months’s LG V40 as a result of it has a sooner processor, twice as a lot built-in storage, an even bigger battery and naturally 5G connectivity. The V50 is about future-proofing for these 5G speeds, and in that sense, it succeeds. However except you reside in an space the place 5G high-speed protection exists or will exist quickly, you’ll be able to’t reap the benefits of the telephone’s most enjoyable function, and what you are left with is a high-end telephone that prices a pair hundred greater than it ought to. Along with Dash, the telephone will probably be accessible on Verizon, AT&T and T-Cell at a later date.

The LG V50 is massive, quick and you may take a number of cool, enjoyable footage with its 5 cameras. Nevertheless it would not have every other standout options apart from 5G, and it is costly. Along with its outright value, you will should enrol in Dash’s Premium Limitless Plan to entry 5G that begins at $90 a month. Different carriers have comparable pricing fashions for 5G.

In case you do not presently have 5G protection out of your supplier, maintain off on and decide a inexpensive telephone — think about the OnePlus 7 Professional, Galaxy S10E and even the LG G8. Even when you do stay in a 5G space or will get 5G within the close to future, I nonetheless suppose it’s best to skip it. 5G continues to be in its early levels, and protection is not as widespread or dependable as it should (hopefully) be within the subsequent 12 months. Except you could have a giant funds and need to be on absolutely the bleeding fringe of community know-how, investing in such a dear 5G telephone now’s simply not price it.

LG V50 vs. the competitors

LG G8 ThinQ: LG’s important flagship has most of the issues I like concerning the V50, however prices $820 to $850 relying on the service. Though I favor the Galaxy S10E at this value vary, the G8 has a headphone jack and a pointy OLED display just like the V50. It additionally has a gimmicky gesture navigational function you need to use or ignore. You will not get the V50’s additional telephoto rear lens or that wide-angle digital camera within the entrance, however you will be saving at the very least $300.

OnePlus 7 Professional: Beginning at $669, the OnePlus 7 Professional is my best choice out of the bunch. It has triple rear cameras, an expansive 6.67-inch show that refreshes 90 instances a second, a nifty pop-up selfie digital camera and the identical highly effective Snapdragon 855 processor. People within the UK may have much more choices since a 5G variant of the telephone will probably be accessible there (although OnePlus did not launch any date or pricing information but). Be mindful the telephone is not rated for water resistance, it would not have a headphone jack, and when you’re not within the UK it will not have 5G connectivity — however you will have an additional $483 in your pocket and that is not too shabby.

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The LG V50.

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Galaxy S10 Plus: The Galaxy S10 Plus has an extended battery life, takes higher pictures and appears extra trendy than the V50. At $1,000 it is costly too, however not as costly because the V50 (that is why I favor the Galaxy S10E over each). In case you’re not enthusiastic about 5G and need a top-notch telephone although, you’ll be able to’t go improper with the S10 Plus.

Galaxy S10 5G: The S10 5G prices a whopping $1,300. Frankly, I am not too eager on this telephone both, however as one of many few 5G telephones immediately competing with the V50, it does maintain depth-sensing cameras, an even bigger battery, an in-screen fingerprint reader and direct wi-fi charging, over the V50. For now you may get it solely on Verizon, however it’ll come to different carriers later.

LG V50 has 5, sure 5, cameras

On the again of the V50 is a 12-megapixel customary digital camera, a 16-megapixel wide-angle shooter and a 12-megapixel telephoto. It is a comparable setup to many premium gadgets, just like the Galaxy S10 Plus and OnePlus 7 Professional. Usually, the V50 captures vibrant, vibrant photographs. Its wide-angle lens is beneficial every time I wished to seize content material within the body. Although its area of view is not as large because the Galaxy S10 Plus’ wide-angle digital camera, the colours the V50 captured had extra pop in comparison with the OnePlus 7 Professional. I additionally most popular lowlight pictures on the OnePlus 7 Professional utilizing its Nightscape mode in comparison with the V50 as objects seemed much less muddy and blurred. The V50 may also take portrait mode video, however the impact is not easy and will use enchancment. 

On this outside photograph, colours are vibrant with excessive distinction.

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