Sprint: our first 5G phone by LG will have 'shiny' and 'distinct' design

Sprint: our first 5G phone by LG will have 'shiny' and 'distinct' design
Back in August, Sprint and LG announced that they are partnering on a phone with 5G connectivity that will be released in the next two quarters. At the time, the press release waxed poetic about the benefits that 5G brings, like faster speeds, lower latency, but said that "device specifications and exact timing will be announced later."

Thanks to Mishka Dehghan, the Vice President of 5G development at Sprint Business, the mysterious LG phone is starting to get more fleshed-out. Previously, we only knew that the device will be a "beautifully-designed advanced 5G smartphone," but now it turns out that it could very well come in a unique form factor. 

Apart from repeating that it's going to be a "distinct" and "beautiful, shiny object," the VP chimed in the following:


This certainly piques our interest towards the form factor, as, apart from writing 5G with big yellow letters on the back of the Sprint phone, we don't really see how could the LG handset scream next-gen connectivity. 

Samsung's first foldable phone could turn out to also be its first global 5G handset, as the Galaxy S10 will only have a 5G model for Korea, and Huawei's eventual bendable handset is also tipped to be its first 5G effort, but will LG try something as funky with Sprint's 5G model design? Remains to be seen.

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7 Comments

1. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

Sprint should work on their 4G first...

3. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

HA! Shiny object.

2. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Remember the HTC Evo as the first 4G. No one cares now...

4. Fireman111886

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

I hope that this is not another attempt at a phone such as the HTC Bolt (the fastest 4g, "Its that fast" [Bolt] Sprint Phone). Disaster..!

5. gamehead unregistered

5G phone available in the first half of 2019? Making it harder for me to justify a upgrade this year.

6. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Sounds a lot like the campaign with the HTC Evo 4G years ago. Too bad that phone didn't help Sprint much either. Instead, it pointed out the glaring coverage gaps and bad risk Wimax both presented to users and Sprint.

7. Blazers

Posts: 764; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Their shiny new 5G handset that will work in one or two markets only haha.

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