LG V60 hands-on: 5G dual-screen phone takes on Galaxy S20

    The newly introduced LG V60.
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    The LG V60 ThinQ 5G (pronounced “thin-queue”) is a premium telephone that is poised to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S20. Similar to the LG V50 ThinQ and the G8X ThinQ from final yr, the V60 works with a Dual Screen case that primarily provides a second show to the telephone.LG hasn’t introduced availability dates and costs but, however the firm mentioned that the V60 will likely be cheaper than the Galaxy S20, which presently begins at $999 (£899, AU$1,499 for the 5G variations). Whether which means the V60 finally ends up being $998 or $100, I do not know. But since final yr’s G8X price about $780, I anticipate the V60 would begin round that worth or seemingly larger. LG’s first 5G telephone, the V50, launched with an preliminary worth of $1,152, so the truth that its successor will likely be cheaper already indicators that extra inexpensive 5G telephones are certainly within the making.

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    Though 5G deployment kicked off in 2019, extra will happen all through this yr and subsequent. As such, although it’s possible you’ll not have 5G in your space now, the following era of high-speed cell information might be coming to your market later. In the US, the V60 will likely be obtainable from AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon. It’s LG’s second 5G telephone for the US, and extra 5G units are anticipated to return down the pipeline not solely from LG, however from different phone-makers as properly.Design: Big display screen, massive phoneCompared to final yr’s V50, which had a 6.4-inch show, the V60 has an excellent bigger 6.8-inch OLED show. That further actual property does make viewing YouTube movies and shopping the web extra comfy, and colours are certainly wealthy and vibrant. But the telephone can be very massive. If you might have a small grip like mine, maneuvering with one hand will likely be tough. And as soon as I added the accent case, I may overlook about becoming it in any respect in my pants pocket. The case’s grooved again, which has ridges operating vertically down its again, would not assist with the majority both. Last yr’s V50 was simply easy plastic and I’m unsure why LG did not go together with the identical look.
    Taking benefit of the Dual Screen does require a while to study. When I first received my palms on a preproduction unit, I discovered myself tapping across the display screen a number of instances to search out particular actions, despite the fact that I already had an opportunity to make use of this accent final yr. But after some time, I did get the grasp of it. With the Dual Screen you should use one show as a digital recreation controller that you may customise, or multitask on each screens, or develop sure apps throughout the entire thing like a pill. Keep in thoughts although that there is nonetheless a giant hinge that cuts proper down the center. It will impede movies and apps in expanded view, so it is positively not the identical sort of seamless folding expertise as, say, the brand new Motorola Razr or Galaxy Z Flip. That being mentioned, there are different benefits — you should use the case as a kickstand, for instance, and it is totally detachable. Exactly how the case will likely be bundled with the acquisition of the telephone will differ from provider to provider, so preserve an eye fixed out for any restrictions. Last yr, just a few US carriers included the case without cost. But after a restricted time, customers needed to pay further for it, and carriers like AT&T ended its two-for-one deal.Google Maps and the Chrome net browser on each of the V60’s shows.
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    Camera: Doing extra with much lessUnlike some premium telephones in the present day which have three, 4 or much more cameras, the LG V60 has two rear cameras. This is not a deal-breaker for me although; having extra cameras does give me extra picture choices, however two is greater than sufficient for most individuals. The setup features a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 64-megapixel normal digital camera. You can take pictures with the latter at full decision, however there’s additionally an choice to shoot pictures in a 16-megapixel decision that yields the identical sort of closeup, crop job as a telephoto lens. This is because of a way known as “pixel binning,” which at its most elementary, combines a sensors’ pixels. While this methodology decreases decision (by an element of 4), it improves the digital camera’s efficiency in low-light situations.The V60 has twin rear cameras.
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    On the again there’s additionally a 3rd time-of-flight digital camera for AR and depth-sensing purposes, like selfie stickers and LG’s native 3D picture impact, which is new to the V60. This permits you to take portrait footage with a shifting sense of depth — you could have seen related pictures posted on Facebook. The characteristic is a bit tough across the edges, although. When I took a photograph holding up a peace signal, the depth impact ended up being grayed out and wonky round my fingers and flyaway hair.You can seize 8K video too, and digitally zoom as much as 10x. Keep in thoughts that Samsung’s newest Galaxy S20 telephones can even file footage in 8K, and the S20 and S20 Plus has a digital zoom as much as 30x. (The S20 Ultra can zoom as much as 100x utilizing each digital and optical zoom mixed.) On the entrance is a hole-punch, 10-megapixel digital camera for all of your selfies.I solely had the prospect to take just a few pictures with the digital camera throughout my time with it, however to date the pictures appeared nice. I notably favored how the telephone dealt with low mild and white stability in these two pictures. Even although the lighting was dim and warmly orange on this room, the pictures nonetheless have numerous element, and colours look correct.Taking a photograph in a fairly dim room with the V60.
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    The V60’s digital camera did job at dealing with this tough lighting scenario.
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    Other LG V60 options and specs One standout characteristic of the V60 is that it has a headphone jack. Unlike most high-end telephones obtainable in the present day, the telephone nonetheless has that beloved audio port so you’ll be able to plug in your wired headphones. The telephone additionally runs Android 10, has wi-fi charging, an in-screen fingerprint reader and it is water-proof. For extra specs, take a look at our chart beneath.LG V60 vs. Galaxy S20 and Pixel 4 XL

    LG V60 ThinQ 5G

    Samsung Galaxy S20

    Google Pixel 4 XL

    Display measurement, decision

    6.8-inch OLED; 2,460×1,080 pixels

    6.2-inch AMOLED

    6.3-inch OLED; 1,440×3,040 pixels

    Pixel density




    Dimensions (inches)

    6.67 x 3.06 x 0.35 in.

    2.72 x 5.97 x 0.311 in.

    2.9 x 6.3 x 0.3 in.

    Dimensions (millimeters)

    169.3 x 77.6 x 8.79 mm

    69.1 x 151.7 x 7.9 mm

    75.1 x 160.4 x 8.2 mm

    Weight (ounces, grams)

    7.72 oz.; 218g

    5.75 oz.; 163g

    6.8 oz.; 193g

    Mobile software program

    Android 10

    Android 10

    Android 10


    64-megapixel (normal), 13-megapixel (wide-angle), time-of-flight digital camera

    12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultrawide)

    12.2-megapixel (normal), 16-megapixel (telephoto)

    Front-facing digital camera




    Video seize





    Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

    64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2.0 GHz)

    2.84GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855




    64GB, 128GB





    Expandable storage


    Up to 1TB



    5,000 mAh

    4,000 mAh

    3,700 mAh

    Fingerprint sensor








    Headphone jack




    Special options

    5G enabled; water-proof (IP68); wi-fi charging, Fast Charging 4.0

    5G enabled; 120Hz refresh price; water-proof (IP68)

    Soli movement sensing and touchless gestures; 90Hz show; water-proof (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wi-fi charging

    Price off-contract (USD)



    $899 (64GB), $999 (128GB)

    Price (GBP)


    £799, £899 (5G)

    £829 (64GB), £929 (128GB)

    Price (AUD)


    AU$1,349, AU$1,499 (5G)

    AU$1,279 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB)

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