MWC 2019: LG V50 ThinQ Turns Smartphone into Gameboy Alternative

At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) currently taking place in Barcelona, LG presented a smartphone that is aimed primarily at gamers. In combination with an optionally available cover, the smartphone receives a second display and thus becomes the Gameboy alternative.

The main display of the LG V50 ThinQ is 6.1-inch, the resolution is 3,120 x 1,440 pixels. The second display in the case is 6.2-inch and offers a resolution of 2,160 x 1080. The connection between the additional display and the smartphone is via pogo pins. As soon as the smartphone is plugged into the combination of protective cover and external display, it displays an icon in the primary display that can be used to activate the secondary display.

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It is possible to use two apps at the same time, some games use the second display as “controller” while the game is played on the main display. Since there is no additional battery in the case, the power is drawn directly from the smartphone. LG did not mention during the presentation how much this reduces the useful life.

5g Modem Also on Board

Even for users who don’t need the optional display, the LG V50 ThinQ could be an interesting alternative to Samsung, Huawei and Co. due to its powerful components.

The South Korean company is installing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal memory with the option of expanding this via a micro SD card. Thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50, a 5G modem with a maximum speed of 5 Gbit/s is also on board.

Also the camera equipment does not disappoint. LG has a camera with a super wide-angle lens and 16 megapixel resolution on the back, as well as a camera with a wide-angle lens and a camera with a telephoto lens with 12 megapixels each. The primary front camera offers 8 megapixel resolution, in addition a secondary wide-angle camera with 5 megapixels is built in.

The price at which the LG V50 ThinQ will be launched in Europe is not yet known. Also the exact release date is unknown so far. LG only speaks of “early summer”.

Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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