LG un­veils new phone with im­proved dual-screen at IFA

The Korea Times - - BUSINESS - By Baek Byung-yeul [email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

BER­LIN — LG has un­veiled a new high-end smart­phone — the V50S ThinQ — that comes with an up­graded dual-screen at­tach­ment ac­ces­sory at the IFA elec­tron­ics trade show.

The com­pany said the ac­ces­sory will of­fer an en­hanced user ex­pe­ri­ence as it adopts 360-de­gree free stop hinge tech­nol­ogy, en­abling the sec­ond screen to stop and hold at any po­si­tion.

David Yoon, vice pres­i­dent of the com­pany’s mo­bile prod­uct plan­ning di­vi­sion, said the twin 6.4-inch dis­plays will of­fer a seam­less mul­ti­task­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to users.

“When we in­tro­duced the V50 ThinQ ear­lier this year, we re­ceived a lot of neg­a­tive re­sponses but many changed their im­pres­sion of the de­vice af­ter they ex­pe­ri­enced the convenienc­e of the dual screen,” Yoon told re­porters.

“As we found that many users want their dual screen to stop at any po­si­tion, we de­cided to de­velop an up­graded ac­ces­sory.

He said this is the big­gest im­prove­ment com­pared with the pre­vi­ous ver­sion that can be po­si­tioned at ei­ther 104 de­grees or 180 de­grees.

The de­vice will hit the global mar­ket, in­clud­ing Korea and the United States, in Oc­to­ber. The price has not been de­cided.

LG said it will an­nounce later whether the ac­ces­sory will be avail­able as a com­plete bun­dle or sep­a­rate packs.

The V50S will come in two ver­sions — 4G-en­abled and 5G-sup­ported, de­pend­ing on the coun­try. For coun­tries sell­ing the 5G ver­sion, such as Korea, the de­vice will be named the V50S ThinQ, while it will be called the G8X ThinQ in those sell­ing the 4G ver­sion.

LG has ex­panded its col­lab­o­ra­tion with com­pa­nies such as Naver and Net­mar­ble to make the phone more use­ful.

The V50S ThinQ sup­ports Naver’s new mo­bile browser, Whale, to im­prove the user ex­pe­ri­ence on the dual screen. Us­ing a splitscree­n fea­ture on the browser, V50S ThinQ users can browse dif­fer­ent web­sites at the same time.

Naver’s other ser­vices such as trans­la­tion, syn­chro­niz­ing be­tween PC and mo­bile de­vices, and find­ing search re­sults from dif­fer­ent plat­forms are also avail­able.

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Net­mar­ble, users play­ing the mo­bile role-play­ing game “Lin­eage 2: Revo­lu­tion” can dis­play a mini map of the game on the sec­ond screen.

LG is pin­ning high hopes on the lat­est smart­phone, as the du­alscreen ac­ces­sory will hit the North Amer­i­can mar­ket for the first time.

“The smart­phone will hit the North Amer­i­can mar­ket next month and it will come with the dual-screen ac­ces­sory,” Yoon said. “To meet with more users there, we are plan­ning to come up with cus­tomized pro­mo­tions.”

Cour­tesy of LG Elec­tron­ics

David Yoon, vice pres­i­dent of LG Elec­tron­ics’ mo­bile prod­uct plan­ning di­vi­sion, in­tro­duces the LG V50S ThinQ smart­phone dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the IFA trade fair in Ber­lin, Thurs­day.

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