LG V50

SmartHouse - - CONTENTS - Writ­ten by David Richards

This is no or­di­nary de­vice, it’s a smart­phone plus a sec­ond screen which is un­be­liev­able prac­ti­cal be­cause the two screen con­cept is simple and prac­ti­cal.

What ap­pears to be emerg­ing af­ter seeing what Sam­sung, Huawei and Oppo are propos­ing for their fold­able smart­phones is that the best fold­able op­tion is still the con­ven­tional method of putting two screens side-by­side as LG has done with the V50 5G while also giv­ing you the op­tion of a stand­alone smart­phone when you need it.

While the de­vice nowhere near as am­bi­tious or ad­vanced as the Gal­axy Fold or Mate X, it ac­tu­ally works and is highly ef­fi­cient at what it is de­signed to do.

At first, I was scep­ti­cal, an imitation of the Sam­sung Fold or a simple gim­mick, to stay in the emerg­ing duel screen mar­ket. This de­vice is nei­ther and well worth a look if you are in the mar­ket for an early gen­er­a­tion 5G smart­phone.

I have been re­view­ing mo­bile phones then smart­phones for decades and one thing that I find is that so many re­view­ers bang on about this year’s phone Vs last year’s phone when the core essentials such as pro­ces­sor, dis­play screen and the most im­por­tant el­e­ments in a de­vice are ex­actly the same for the simple rea­son they are not bro­ken, out of date or need up­dat­ing.

In­side, the V50 is a Snap­dragon 855 pro­ces­sor and 6GB of RAM, plus 128GB of storage ex­pand­able by mi­croSD, this is among the best Qual­comm tech­nol­ogy you will find in a new gen­er­a­tion 5G de­vice. The V50 smart­phone is.7mm wider and 14g heav­ier than last year’s V40 but this is not no­tice­able.

I have in the past been a big fan of LG smart­phones be­cause they look good are highly functional with their unique fin­ger but­ton on the back that al­lows for easy screen access and management of key func­tions and this de­vice en­hances their of­fer­ing.

I also like the ded­i­cated Google As­sis­tant but­ton that sits below the volume con­trols which if you have the de­vice set to dual screen in­stantly switches on the sev­eral func­tions such as make a phone call via the voice function, play a game or to trans­late. Re­cently we had a cleaner who spoke lit­tle English but by us­ing Google trans­late on the V50 we had a great con­ver­sa­tion with­out it once stuff­ing up the con­ver­sa­tion.

The V50 has a beau­ti­ful OLED Dis­play screen which one ex­pects from LG as they are the biggest man­u­fac­turer of OLED screens for both TV’s and smart­phones.

Then there are the LG cam­eras that are as good as the Huawei P30 and the Sam­sung S10.

The phone which is slim and el­e­gant is housed in the Dual Screen dock which turns the de­vice into a book-style de­vice that hinges right back so that the sec­ond screen can fold un­der the smart­phone when a calls comes in. The com­bined Dual Screen and smart­phone is de­signed to be used on a ta­ble or desk so the in­creased weight should not be a prob­lem. Even when folded back the two de­vices are not dif­fi­cult to use or feel overly heavy in the hand. The sec­ond screen draws power from the phone it­self, so you don’t need to charge it and I was sur­prised when I got a full day’s use tog­gling be­tween both screens.

The de­vice it­self sup­ports 5G with a light flash­ing on when 5G is present, the only prob­lem is the so called “Su­per-Fast” Tel­stra 5G net­work ap­pears to be non-ex­is­tent so it’s dif­fi­cult to test heat or bat­tery draw­down in a true 5G en­vi­ron­ment.

The sec­ond screen draws power from the phone it­self, so you don't need to charge it.

One neat fac­tor is that LG has tucked the cam­era un­der­neath the glass on the back of the de­vice de­liv­er­ing an al­most en­tirely smooth back. Un­der the glass are two op­ti­cally sta­bilised 12MP cam­eras, one of them set at a 2x zoom, plus a 16MP ul­tra­w­ide.

With both the V50 and the past V30 and V40 I have found that LG has been able to de­liver su­perb cam­era op­tions and great shoot­ing op­tions from re­ally good wide an­gle to the shot in a room with ques­tion­able light.

There is also a head­phone jack and the de­vice has an IP68 wa­ter re­sis­tance rat­ing and a mil­i­tary stan­dard dura­bil­ity rat­ing which af­ter drop­ping the de­vice twice I can say has had no im­pact on the de­vice un­like my Sam­sung S10 5G de­vice which re­sulted in a cracked screen.

Also, on board is Android 9 that makes get­ting around fast and un­like the Sam­sung Set­tings for their S10 and S105G smart­phone LG gas bro­ken the set­tings tabs out to give easy access to Net­work, Sound, Dis­play and Gen­eral set­tings on a simple to nav­i­gate tab.

Ideal for the smart­phone power user who not only wants speed but op­er­a­tional func­tion­al­ity across two screens at once.

Con­clu­sion

This de­vice is unique and highly prac­ti­cal, its ideal for the smart­phone power user who not only wants speed but op­er­a­tional func­tion­al­ity across two screens at once. For­get about multi-task­ing on one large screen what you get with the V50 is two highly prac­ti­cal screens and a de­vice that al­lows you to eas­ily pop out the ac­tual smart­phone if you are go­ing out of an evening and sim­ply want a slim smart­phone that packs a 5G punch. As for the $1,740 price tag, that’s down to you, the de­vice does of­fer a lot more than the Oppo 5G de­vice and if I wanted real func­tion­al­ity on two easy to access screens this is the de­vice I would choose and if LG are smart they will make fu­ture smart­phones so that all you have to do is buy a new de­vice that fits into your dual screen rig.

The big new LG V50 ThinQ 5G smart­phone is one of those de­vices that se­ri­ously grows on you and once you start us­ing it and if you are like me it can prove in­cred­i­bly use­ful.

You can watch a video on one screen while tex­ting or mes­sag­ing some­one on the other screen, or you can sim­ply pop the smart­phone out of the sec­ond screen case and voila, ev­ery­thing is back to nor­mal and you have a nor­mal smart­phone de­vice.

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