LG Electronics to release 5G smartphone

LG Electronics will launch its first smartphone supporting fifth-generation (5G) network technology, the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, in South Korea market on Friday.

The tech giant had initially planned to launch the phone on April 19, but pushed back the schedule for work to ensure the new product works properly on the next-generation networks.

LG’s 5G smartphone launch will give consumers more choices as the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, which hit shelves April 5, has been the only mobile phone supporting 5G so far.

With the launch of the new phone, LG Electronics aims to boost the performance of its smartphone unit, which has recorded operating losses for 16 consecutive quarters up to the first quarter of this year.

Unveiled at February’s Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2019, the phone has a more stable platform and offers rich multimedia features, according to the company.

It said it selected the V series as its smartphone for 5G networks, considering users put more emphasis on multimedia features such as games and video clips in the 5G era.

The firm has gone all out to boost the display and audio performance of the V50ThinQ 5G, it said, noting that a 6.4-inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display offers users a heightened sense of immersion whether they are watching a video or playing a game.

Audio also has been upgraded to produce a superb stereo performance that can be enjoyed with or without headphones.

The firm started taking pre-orders for the phone for two days from Wednesday, and will offer a Dual Screen worth 219,000 won ($187) free for those who buy the new device by the end of June.

LG developed Dual Screen as an optional accessory for the LG V50ThinQ 5G, designed to resemble a cover case, to take user immersion and convenience to new heights.

Dual Screen opens up to give V50ThinQ 5G users a second 6.2-inch OLED display for double the viewing, gaming and multitasking experience, the firm said.

“We will provide users with more substantial benefits so they can experience excellent performance of the V50ThinQ 5G,” said Oh Seong-jin, who is in charge of mobile marketing at LG Electronics.

The new product costs 1.2 million won in the domestic market.

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