Curiosity 09 Apr
This year at the MWC 2019 LG took the stage to announce two premium phones including LG G8 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ. The G8 ThinQ was pretty much on the cards as it was the direct successor of G7 ThinQ launched in 2018. The G8 ThinQ brings iterative upgrades over the predecessor. On the other hand, the V50 ThinQ is a different niche product. Both are the latest best flagship offering from LG but both caters a different kind of customers.
The G8 ThinQ is the standard flagship offering whereas the V50 ThinQ attract phablets buyers. Above all the V50 ThinQ supports 5G connectivity which makes it more future proof than the G8 ThinQ. Being the latest flagship we already compared the G8 ThinQ against Samsung's Galaxy S10. Today we will put the latest G8 ThinQ in a head-to-head confrontation with the V50 ThinQ. For sure if someone is looking to purchase a new LG flagship phone will consider both the G8 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ.
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We are hopeful this comparison will help you better deciding which flagship is better in what aspects. Without any further delay, let's kick off with the design as it is the first aspect buyers consider before making any choice.
71.8 x 151.9 x 8.4 mm
6.1 inches - 3120x1440 px
75.4 x 151.7 x 7.39 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
Following the latest trend, both the phones have metal chassis with glass covering the rear side. The chassis is made up of aluminum with curved glass covering the rear side.
On the front-facing side, both the phones have a traditional notch at the top of the display but still smaller than Apple's notch. The only prominent bezel is at the bottom of the display. On the rear side, the G8 ThinQ has dual snappers aligned horizontally in the center with LED flashlight. The V50 ThinQ comes with triple rear snapper aligned horizontally in the center.
The fingerprint scanner on both the phones is below the camera's setup on the rear side. Being the 5G enabled phone the V50 ThinQ comes with 5G branding. Both the devices are IP68 certified which means both can resist under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. Despite having glass and metal sandwich design both phones come with MIL-STD 810G drop protection.
For connectivity, both the phones have the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C port. The G8 ThinQ dimensions are 151.9 × 71.8 × 8.4 mm and weigh 167g whereas the V50 ThinQ is taller, wider but less thick at 159.2 x 76.1 x 8.3 mm and weighs 183g. The G8 ThinQ is available in new Moroccan Blue, Carmine Red and new Aurora Black colors whereas the V50 ThinQ can be purchased in Astro Black only.
Fortunately, both devices have AMOLED display screens. The G8 ThinQ features a 6.1-inches screen with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9 and the pixels density is 564 pixels-per-inches.
The V50 ThinQ comes with a 6.4-inches display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. The display aspect ratio remains 19.5:9 and the pixels density is 537 pixels-per-inch. The top-notch on both the phones come with dual snappers. Thanks to OLED display the colors accuracy, saturation, and deep blacks are equally good on both the phones. Now it's up to customers whether they prefer the smaller display of G8 ThinQ or go for the V50 ThinQ with a larger display.
Being the latest flagships both are packed with the Qualcomm's latest best Snapdragon 855 chipset. The Snapdragon 855 is currently the latest best SoC in the Android market built on the 7nm process. This chipset is powering almost all latest flagships in the market. For the 5G connectivity the device requires X50 modem, the V50 ThinQ comes with X50 modem.
Both the phones have 6GB RAM and built-in native storage of 128GB. The native storage on both the phones is further expandable via MicroSD up to 512GB. No matter which smartphone you opt both is equally fast and efficient in handling HIFI games, apps, and heavy multitasking.
|Specs||LG G8 ThinQ||LG V50 ThinQ|
|Screen resolution||1440 x 3120 pixels||1440 x 3120 pixels|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 855||Snapdragon 855|
|Storage||128GB Expandable via MicroSD||128GB Expandable via MicroSD|
|3.5mm headphone jack||Yes||Yes|
|Software||Android Pie||Android Pie|
The V50 ThinQ lights are kept on by a 4,000mAh battery cell whereas the G8 ThinQ is running on a 3,500mAh battery cell. Both come with Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging and both support Qi wireless charging. Both have enough juice to last one day on a single charge.
Following the latest trend, LG brought a number of cameras on the rear and front-facing side of G8 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ. The V50 comes with triple rear cameras, the primary snapper is a 12MP module with f/1.5 aperture and OIS. The secondary sensor is an ultra wide-angle 16MP module with an f/1.9 aperture. The third snapper on the rear is a 12MP telephoto module with f/2.4 aperture and OIS. The G8 ThinQ is available in two configurations. The few selected markets will be getting the top model with triple rear cameras similar to the V30 ThinQ whereas the standard model doesn't have a telephoto sensor.
On the front-facing side, both have different cameras setup. The G8 ThinQ primary sensor is a wide-angle 8MP module whereas the secondary sensor is ToF module to assist in capturing portrait shots with an accurate depth-of-field. Other goodies include facial recognition, Air motion gestures and Hand ID. LG introduced a new Z camera features which allow the user to control volume and video without touching the phone using gestures. This feature is certainly a blessing for those who use the phone with wet hands.
The V50 ThinQ is packed with the normal 8MP sensor and 5MP secondary sensor to capture ultra-wide angle shots. LG often claims the V in the V-lineup stands for video and the V50 ThinQ is no exception. It is one of its kind phones which brings support for portrait video capturing with blurred background. This feature is also available for the G8 ThinQ owners.
The V30 ThinQ third sensor provides optical zoom up to 2x which makes it more versatile than the G8 ThinQ standard model. The V30 has a number of extra features to enhance your Cinematic video capturing the experience.
As OS both the phones is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box with LG's custom UI skin over it. The UI experience on both phones is similar. The G8 ThinQ special feature is Z camera whereas the V50 ThinQ has enhanced video capturing experience. Both have a dedicated button to access Google Assistant. Being the latest phones we can expect both will require similar time to receive the latest updates. We can expect at least two major updates for both the phones but the owners will have to wait months before getting the latest version.
With the V50 ThinQ, LG introduced a new second screen accessory which can be attached and detached easily. This accessory looks like a cover case but its quite handy in watching videos and playing games. The secondary OLED display is of 6.2-inches, it is a pretty great option in multi-tasking. The 5G connectivity is also something quite special when network carriers are gearing across the globe for 5G network support. The G8 ThinQ key special feature is Z Camera and Air Motion gestures.
As far as the pricing is a concern the G8 ThinQ is currently up for pre-orders with a release from April 11th. The device can be purchased from Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and other e-retailers at a price tag of $819.99. The carriers are also offering special discounts and freebies on pre-orders.
The V50 ThinQ is so far released in South Korea only at a price tag of $1055. As a launch offer the company is offering secondary display free of cost which normally costs $192.
Apart from differences in display and cameras setup, the G8 ThinQ and V30 ThinQ fall in the different price category. The V30 ThinQ takes lead in 5G connectivity, larger display, and triple rear cameras but all these goodies cost you almost $200 more. On the other hand, if you are ok with the 6.1-inches display, dual rear cameras and slightly smaller battery the G8 ThinQ is a pretty great option.
The 5G connectivity is still in its earlier stage that's why not everyone is looking a 5G phone right now. Another important aspect is pricing and availability, the V30 ThinQ yet to be available outside South Korea and also it will be around $200 expensive than the G8 ThinQ. Feel free to share your thoughts regarding the LG G8 ThinQ vs V30 ThinQ in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.