After it failed to meet up with last month planned rollout date, the South Korean government decided to fast track its 5G launch following Verizon’s announcement that it will launch its mobile 5G network on April 11. So SK is still right on course to be the first to launch 5G on a commercial basis, as it has now set April 5 for the launch of the 5G mobile network in the country.
While it is already certain that Samsung will be the first to launch a 5G enabled smartphone in the country, its arch-rival – LG mobile is right behind, with the later planning to launch its first 5G enabled phone in the country on April 19 which is about two weeks after the official release of the Galaxy S10 5G model.
With the S10 5G set to go on sale on April 5, LG mobile has today announced that the LG V50 ThinQ will go on sale in its home market of South Korea on April 19. The device is available only in 6GB RAM and 128GB model which it will sell at KRW 1.19M (€940/$1,060), and at that price, users will get the V50s dual Screen accessory that’s normally worth KRW 219,000/ €172/$193 for free.
Flaunting a 6.4-inch OLED display with virtually no bezels, the LG V50 looks a lot more like the V40 from last year. albeit a glowing yellow 5G logo that lights up whenever it connects to the 5G network. It has a tri-camera and a dual-camera system on the back and front respectively, while it features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and a 4,000-mAh battery that should help offset the power drain from the 5G connection.
The V50 after its launch in Korea will be heading to the west, where it will launch on Sprint’s 5G network, Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network, T-Mobile as well as AT&T all in the US later in the year.