LG’s practical innovation, the V50 ThinQ 5G's Dual Screen, boosts gaming and productivity without folding a phone

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We probed you recently whether you plan on buying a 5G phone this year, and a quarter of our respondents answered affirmatively, despite the dearth of such devices. After all, 5G is the newest and hottest trend in mobile, and phones that support the next-gen connectivity standard can be counted with your fingers. 

The company rightfully deduced that the average user is still not that acquainted with the wonders of the next-gen standard, mainly because the current mobile download speeds are fast enough to be excited about making them faster. Needless to say, 5G has more important virtues than speed, such as extremely low latency, and the ability to hook way more devices to one base station than 4G networks. 

Latency is a term only a gamer would know, though, and the promised ubiquitous connectivity of cars, toasters and gamepads to the 5G network is in the "nice to have" category for the mass user. Remote surgery may sound good in a 5G pitch meeting, but most end users would prefer that their doctor were in the same room during an operation. Consumers are more interested in the day-to-day practical benefits of having 5G in one's pocket, not so much the hypothetical scenarios.

Despite that Verizon managed to connect a downtown Chicago area to a 5G phone first, Korea is at the forefront of nationwide rollouts, and it's only fitting that the first and most exciting 5G devices are coming from there. The V50 ThinQ 5G is landing on US carriers, and LG has been shaping it as a phone that adds value farther than its pioneering 5G connectivity modem.

LG V50 ThinQ 5G with Dual Screen is intended to be a more practical solution for today's consumers

This is why the V50 ThinQ has been designed from the ground up to bring more tangible benefits to its owner than its top specs and 5G connectivity. What sets the phone apart is an optional accessory you can pick, called LG Dual Screen.

Instead of increasing complexity and prices with a folding display design, LG provides you with the choice to double the screen real estate of the V50 by adding a second display when you need it. Attached with sturdy hinges that rotate 360 degrees, it can be as useful as the second half of a bendy phone's display when unfurled, yet skimps on the drawbacks of designs like folding phones.
LG is betting that it can provide most of the added value of a foldable phone with the Dual Screen option, without breaking the user's bank and rushing into unproven technology, even though it has foldable displays in the lab, and even a TV with rollable screen battling for market glory.

Citing more than 90 usage scenarios in 20 different categories that are made possible by the Dual Screen paraphernalia and the accompanying software, LG gives a few examples of the daily life with the extra canvas, meaning now you can run up to 3 apps simultaneously.

As you can see, having two OLED displays to work on can be a godsend in a few precious ways. We'd put gaming at the top of the list, as we want to play Fortnite without our fat digits gumming up half of the screen, but yes, we can see how productivity, messaging and browsing scenarios can also be appealing for some. What would you use the LG Dual Screen for?



1. Nionx

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

How much?

8. OneLove123

Posts: 1201; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

If you had to ask !!!!

9. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And there is something wrong with asking. You really need to grow up peaceboy.

22. oldskool50 unregistered

Gosh! How many accounts do you have now?! We don't the price, so yes we have to ask.

2. JocularJ

Posts: 222; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Yup, I want it

3. TBomb

Posts: 1582; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Solid looking additions. Would much rather have this case for the V50 vs a Samsung/Huawei style foldable. you get the divider line down the middle, but you also get the option to take it off and replace it at will. Seems pretty nice if you ask me.

4. gsengillo

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 05, 2010

i want it

5. iloveapps

Posts: 889; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

It looks promising than Galaxy FAIL.

6. Valdomero

Posts: 698; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

This implementation, while not futuristic like the Galaxy or Huawei counterparts, looks more reliable and less prone to unintentional damage by the user. I like this phone, looks like a very slim Nintendo 3DS.

7. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1441; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Wow it's the Sony Tablet P!!! Welcome to 2012 LG...

19. Jeremy75

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

well 5G connectivity OLED in 8.3mm thickness with external display accessory were very common in 2012...

10. japkoslav

Posts: 1521; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

As an LG onwer I must say that looks pretty dumb. But on the other hand, this fail will be 50% off in 6-12 months ... so yay!

11. rsiders

Posts: 1981; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Spoiler alert, the screen won't break. LG really doesn't get enough credit for their products. Partly their fault as well though.

12. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 147; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

3ds replacement

15. japkoslav

Posts: 1521; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

With Android games? Don't be ridiculous.


Posts: 189; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

yea no thanks

14. Farcaster

Posts: 163; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

Although not to my interest, I'm glad to finally see some innovation.

16. KingSam

Posts: 1484; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Just go buy a brand new axon m on eBay for $150. Less than that second screen for a functional built in dual screen phone.

17. tangbunna

Posts: 485; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

hing is hing, hing will break the cables.

18. Habib111

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 12, 2019

Not bad! But if you fold it will become two phones

20. Jeremy75

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

I think it's a really nice concept. I think LG definitely deserve to regain popularity.

21. japkoslav

Posts: 1521; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

They surely do not deserve anything with their piss poor software experience and support.

24. VigneshRaja

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Absolutely not with their current attitude towards customers and lack of commitment in keeping up promises!

23. VigneshRaja

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Hey Phonearena, next time when these LG baboons reach you for sponsored posts, just ask them how is it going in their new "Global Software Update Center", with zero results? btw tell those twats to launch their phones quickly after announcing, remind them this ain't 2010.

30. trollz

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

God dammit LG update your phones!!!! That is all.

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