Next month’s Mobile World Congress is shaping as much as be an attention-grabbing one for LG, with the South Korean firm now rumored to be unveiling two handsets on the present: the LG G8 ThinQ and a second, higher-end, 5G-enabled gadget, presumably the LG V50 ThinQ 5G.
This latter rumor comes from Korea’s ETNews, which says the LG V50 will function a 6-inch show, 7nm Snapdragon 855 chipset with vapor-chamber cooling, and 4,000mAh battery. More importantly, says ETNews, it’ll have a 5G modem.
If the V50 does land at MWC, it’ll be arriving ahead of anticipated. The V40 and its 5 cameras solely launched final fall, and we weren’t anticipating an replace to LG’s highest-end line till the identical time this yr. But, dashing up the launch cadence would make sense if LG desires to maintain up with Samsung, which has promised a 5G gadget within the first half of 2019. And LG mentioned it’s going to push “5G products and smartphones” this yr in its newest earnings report.
A fast turnaround, although, may find yourself disappointing some. If LG is simply altering the processor and modem for the V50, the top consequence may very well be an iterative gadget just like the V35.
ETNews says the V50 shall be out there in choose North American and European markets from March. This matches what we’ve heard from service Sprint, which mentioned final August it was working with LG to launch a 5G handset a while within the first half of this yr. We’ll know extra at LG’s MWC occasion, February 24th.