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The optional accessory gives you a total of three displays.
Mobile World Congress had to stay home sick this year with the coronavirus, but that’s not stopping the mobile industry from making a bunch of announcements this week. LG has announced its obligatory Snapdragon 865 smartphone: the “LG V60 ThinQ.”
The phone has Qualcomm’s latest SoC, the Snapdragon 865, along with the X55 5G modem. LG’s spec sheet does not say what kind of 5G (really, LG?) but Android Police reports that there is “mmWave exclusive to Verizon, and sub-6 for everyone, including AT&T.” The phone has a 6.8-inch 2460×1080 OLED display, 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, a microSD slot, and a 5000mAh battery. There are four holes in the rear-camera array but only three cameras: a 64MP main camera, 13MP wide-angle, and two holes for a time-of-flight camera for 3D effects. Like every other Snapdragon 865, 5G-packing smartphone we’ve seen so far, this is a lot bigger than last year’s device. The LG V50 measured 159.2 x 76.1 x 8.3 mm, while the V60 is bigger in every direction: 169.3 x 77.6 x 8.9mm.
Also like the LG V50, the V60 again has an optional second screen attachment, This makes the phone look a bit like a Microsoft Surface Duo without any of the striking good looks. The second screen is the same as the first: a 6.8-inch 2460×1080 OLED display, and there’s even a 2.1-inch monochrome screen on the front, which shows the time, date, battery level, and notification icons. The case is powered by the phone by plugging into the USB-C port, and for charging with the case on, you get a Mag-Safe-style magnetic charging connector. It’s kind of neat that’s it’s reversible, but it’s also a proprietary charger to worry about.
The display is only 60Hz, which puts LG behind the industry trend of offering higher-refresh-rate displays this year. Samsung is gearing up to ship a 120Hz display, while Google and OnePlus shipped 90Hz displays last year.
LG doesn’t have a price for the V60 yet, but it should be out on the big US carriers next month.
Update: I forgot to mention, there is a headphone jack.
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