In case you’ve somehow avoided everyone talking about it, 2019 is the year you’ll finally be able to buy a 5G smartphone. Samsung has its Galaxy S10 5G. Huawei has its gorgeous Mate X. And now, LG is jumping into the mix with a 5G device of its own: the V50 ThinQ.
A few key leaks made sure the V50’s existence wasn’t a surprise, and the broad strokes are about what you’d expect. There’s one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipsets tucked away inside along with the requisite X50 5G modem, plus 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. (Don’t worry: since you’ll theoretically be able to download movies really fast, the V50 also takes microSD cards as large as 2TB.) It’s also pretty obviously coming to Sprint first, though LG’s strong relationships with other US carriers mean it probably won’t stay exclusive for very long.
Really though, the most surprising thing about the V50 ThinQ is just how familiar it feels. The few other 5G phones we’ve seen so far this year have been handfuls — the 5G S10 is just about the size of a Note 9, and the Mate X…, well, it’s pretty big when it’s totally unfolded. Despite the multiple antennas squeezed inside, the V50 ThinQ feels just a little more manageable to use with one hand because it’s the same size as last year’s V40.