At a time most of the handset players like Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi are working on launching a foldable smartphone in the coming months LG has taken a different stance.
In 2019, LG will focus on launching 5G smartphones and will not unveil foldable smartphones. As per a report by Korea Times, Kwon Bong Seok, LG’s president and head of the mobile communications division and home entertainment division has said that LG will work on a two-track plan. It’ll use V series mobile phones for launching its premium 5G smartphone while the G series will focus on 4G smartphones.
Explaining the reason behind giving the cold shoulder to Foldable smartphones he said that the company’s competitors like Samsung Electronics and Huawei are set to introduce a foldable smartphone, but LG believes it’d be premature to release it now.
The mobile division of LG has been reporting losses for 15 straight quarters as of the 4th quarter of 2018 and is looking to rebound in the smartphone segment by capitalising on 5G smartphones.
It will be too early to say how 2019 shapes up for LG but what we know is that LG V50 ThinQ alongside the LG G8 will be launched at the MWC 2019. It will be for the first time LG will be unveiling its G-series and V-series devices together.
The LG V50 ThinQ will feature a 6-inch QHD+ display and will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. The V-series flagship will also equip a vapour chamber for cooling the insides and will be powered by a 4,000mAh battery. However, the most significant addition to the device will be support for 5G.
On the other hand, LG G8 ThinQ is expected to come with a 6.1-inch OLED display and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and possibly 128GB of storage. The phone will also include a 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C port and a dedicated Google Assistant button and could measure 152x72x8.4mm.
The G8 ThinQ is expected to come running Google’s latest Android 9 Pie out of the box and will be fuelled by a 3,400mAh.