LG V50 ThinQ 5G gets a firm new release date after short domestic delay

LG V50 ThinQ 5G gets a firm new release date after short domestic delay
After yet another disappointing quarter during which smartphone revenue continued to shrink and related losses grew, LG is betting big on fledgling 5G technology, hoping the next standard in cellular speeds will help the V50 ThinQ "create positive momentum" for the company's long-struggling mobile business in Q2.

The only problem is the year's second quarter has begun more than a month ago and the LG V50 ThinQ 5G is still nowhere to be found on store shelves around the world. But fret not, as Korean media is reporting on a revised commercial release date that's right around the corner. Instead of kicking off domestic sales on April 19, as originally planned, the Snapdragon 855-powered V50 will apparently roll out in Korea on May 10.

That sounds like a reasonably short delay, although it's still not entirely clear what caused the setback in the first place. LG unsurprisingly kept things vague when explaining its decision, reiterating efforts made in collaboration with Qualcomm and domestic mobile operators to "improve 5G service and smartphone optimization ranging from software, hardware, and network."

Business Korea seems to suggest in its latest report that LG was not happy with the stability of the early 5G networks available in Korea, but even though certain "hitches" are still possible, the decision was made to not wait any longer for fear of fading public interest in 5G smartphones. It's worth pointing out that Samsung also encountered connectivity issues in the country shortly after releasing the Galaxy S10 5G, which is now up for pre-order in the US as well.

Speaking of US availability, we still have every reason to expect a summer debut for the LG V50 ThinQ 5G on both Sprint and Verizon. Unfortunately, there's nothing more specific to share on that front at the moment. For what it's worth, we're also pretty sure this bad boy and its Second Screen add-on will undercut the $1,300 and up Galaxy S10 5G, based on already detailed Korean prices.

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V50 ThinQ
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(26h talk time)

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4 Comments

1. indlvarn

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

When LG G8 in Europe? It's a big fail like LG v40 with those delays. And it still costs over 800€ with Snapdragon 845...

2. MrMalignance

Posts: 212; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

I appreciate the update on the release date. The last article went in depth with the financial despair LG is facing, and therefore made it redundant and irrelevant. If you need to boost your total word count, come up with some add on that aren't from the very last article about this device. It's actually really lazy to just rehash and add a few new sentences.

3. Ublome

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Who actually cares? LG has proven they do not care about the consumer by not providing any updates to their devices. They just make a new device and put the newer OS on it and leave everyone else on old Versions of OS and months old security updates. Screw LG.

4. MrMalignance

Posts: 212; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

I care. I like that they are trying new things. I hope they can pull through this slump. The bottom line is that if they can continue to improve, that will be one more company that can move the market forward to innovate. Additionally, updates aside, they are one of the few companies that offer an extended warranty on their devices. I'm not speaking as some kind of fan of, because I honestly like all phones...even though I'm still not fond of iphones

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