Replace 2/26: LG has supplied ballpark pricing for the V60.
You don’t in truth want to see the LG V60 ThinQ 5G with Twin Display screen to understand what it’s. According to our reports throughout a contemporary briefing and hands-on alternative in New York, the V60 obviously seems like LG’s V50, V40, G8, and G7. It has a couple of gimmicks and a few useless provider compromises. And it has a headphone jack.
Briefly, it’s an LG telephone. It’s now not fully transparent whether or not it’s going to be the one flagship of 2020 from LG, but when there’s a G9 within the works, my wager is that the one distinction shall be display screen measurement. For higher or worse, LG has a method, and it’s sticking to it. I’m now not truly positive what, if anything else, the ThinQ surname even approach at this level, however you received’t in finding the G8’s 3-d face unencumber or touche instructions, nor the V50’s adapted intelligence products and services on this iteration.
That stated, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G is a superbly nice 2020 telephone. With a 6.Eight-inch display screen and extra bezel than the Galaxy S20 Extremely has, it’s a little bit too large for my tastes, however LG is simply following the big-screen pattern line. The Twin Display screen case that we first noticed at the G8X has some helpful options, nevertheless it nonetheless seems like an excessively affordable imitation of the Galaxy Fold.
However when you’re in search of an Android telephone with top class specifications, the V60 exams off lots of the containers. We don’t know but how a lot all of the ones elements will value—one among LG’s irksome provider capitulations—nevertheless it’s unquestionably able to head face to face with the S20 on paper:
- Dimensions: 169.three x 77.6 x Eight.79mm
- Show: 6.Eight-inch Complete HD OLED
- Processor: Snapdragon 865
- RAM: 8GB
- Garage: 256GB
- Rear digital camera: Twin 64MP, f/1.Eight, OIS + 13MP Extremely Huge (117 deg), f/1.Nine
- Entrance digital camera: 10MP, f/1.Nine
- Battery: five,000mAh
- OS: Android 10
- Colours: Stylish Blue, Stylish White
The ones are all completely nice specifications, even though the 1080p 60Hz show will unquestionably display its inferiority along the S20 and upcoming OnePlus Eight. LG has lagged slightly with its smartphone presentations, having handiest not too long ago made the transfer to OLED—so the V60 feels a little bit at the back of the days, even with a display screen measurement just about as large because the 6.Nine-incher at the Galaxy S20 Extremely.
The similar may also be stated of the design. Whilst the corners are a little bit extra rounded, the V60 follows the similar fundamental language LG offered with the G7, and it very a lot seems to be find it irresistible’s caught in 2018. The digital camera cutout on the peak of the show is considerably smaller than the G8X’s, however the V60’s sizable peak bezel doesn’t do it any favors. The chin is simply as huge, and the aspect bezels, whilst now not as large as the highest and backside, are nonetheless distractingly thick.
Talking of thick, the telephone is lovely chunky at just about Eight.8mm, even though its slight teardrop form does effectively to cover it. At 218 grams it’s a little bit lighter than the S20 Extremely (222g), even though it is much less top-heavy because of the horizontal digital camera array. Whilst you upload the Twin Display screen case, on the other hand, it guidelines the scales at just about 350 grams.
Across the again, LG has ditched the V50’s telephoto digital camera and taken again the bump, two choices I’m now not all that satisfied about. The loss of a telephoto lens is especially head-scratching for a telephone in 2020, however I’m extra confused through the bump. The V50’s most unusual design component was once its flush, easy digital camera array that was once utterly encased below the glass, so the bump at the V60 seems like a step backward.
I don’t slightly perceive the verdict—it’s now not like the telephone isn’t thick sufficient—however equivalent to it’s, the V60 has little or no to set it with the exception of different telephones in its elegance. LG says the V60 has “a sleeker high quality to it” with “somewhat extra class,” however the go back to the digital camera bump says another way.
The loss of a telephoto lens apart, the V60 will document in 8K, and LG has beefed up its night time mode the use of AI as effectively. We didn’t get an opportunity to check it within the well-lit briefing room, however low-light pictures is a space the place LG has lagged Apple and Google, so we’re frightened to check out the V60 at night time.
The second one display screen tells the tale
The V60’s declare to reputation, as with the G8X, is its dual-screen accent. LG nonetheless hasn’t dedicated to going all-in at the case, so it will or won’t come along with your acquire, a decision that may “rely at the provider.” In reality, LG would possibly not offer an unlocked model of the V60, so no matter bundles are presented shall be fully on the carriers’ discretion.
However my wager is the Twin Display screen will include all V60 purchases as a result of it is so central to the enjoy. When hooked up, the Twin Display screen provides a 2nd 6.Eight-inch Complete HD show that mirrors the V60’s, notch and all. According to my enjoy with it at the G8X, it’s now not just about as well-conceived because the Galaxy Fold and even what we’ve noticed of the Microsoft Floor Duo. It’s nonetheless simply the V60’s maximum compelling function, particularly since LG has added the facility to make use of one display screen as a complete keyboard like a mini-laptop.
With 5G and a 2nd display screen to energy, the V60 goes to want numerous battery existence, and it unquestionably has the capability at five,000mAh. That’s 1000 extra milliamp-hours than the G8X, leading to an further 8 hours of use, in line with LG. In my G8X checking out, I were given round Nine hours, which is appropriate, however 17 hours can be mind-blowing. LG additionally claims 30-minute price will ship 18 hours of use, however we’ll want to check those claims, particularly with 5G on board.
Talking of 5G, LG is the use of the most recent Snapdragon X55 modem, however the enjoy will fluctuate throughout carriers. On Verizon fashions of the V60, you’ll get mmWave and sub-6GHz strengthen. AT&T, Dash, and T-Cell subscribers will handiest have the ability to faucet into sub-6GHz networks.
When all is alleged and finished, the primary explanation why most of the people will make a choice the V60 over the S20 or the iPhone 11 is the headphone jack. LG is without doubt one of the handiest top class Android telephone makers that hasn’t long past all-Bluetooth. The 32-bit Quad DAC shall be a breath of clean air for any person clinging to their stressed headphones.
For audio purists, LG has additionally added 4 “brand-new, high-performance microphones,” along side a function known as Voice Bokeh “that minimizes background noise and boosts the person’s voice, permitting content material creators to position extra center of attention at the topic whilst decreasing extra noise.”
What we don’t know in regards to the V60 is how a lot it’s going to value. LG did say that the V60 will are available “below the most affordable Galaxy S20 with the Twin Display screen incorporated,” so assuming that suggests $950 or so, that is a excellent deal less expensive than the $1,400 Galaxy S20 Extremely and some of the most cost-effective 5G telephones you’ll purchase. That is even less expensive than the V50, which began at $1,150 with out the Twin Display screen accent, so LG is for sure pushing worth with the V60. Whether or not it is value it, on the other hand, may well be a tricky promote.
Ben Patterson contributed to this record.