Unlike Huawei and Samsung, for example, LG is not planning to release a foldable smartphone. The company first wants to gain market share through 5G smartphones.
No foldable LG smartphone coming
Kwon Bong-Seok, head of LG’s mobile division, said during a press conference in Seoul that the company is not planning to release a foldable smartphone for the time being. That reports The Korea Times. The company would have considered a foldable phone, but finally decided not to take it into production. For the time being, LG wants to focus on gaining market share by introducing 5G smartphones. A foldable LG smartphone would still be ‘too early’.
During the Mobile World Congress, which will take place later this month, the LG V50 ThinQ will be presented with 5G support. In addition, the manufacturer comes with the G8 ThinQ, a more traditional high-end smartphone. Several competitors, such as Huawei, Samsung, and Oppo, will soon show their first folding devices.
This weekend the first image of the LG V50 ThinQ appeared via professional anchor Evan Blass. The device is very similar to its predecessor (the V40 ThinQ ) and has three cameras and a fingerprint scanner at the back. The phone would also receive the new Snapdragon 855 chip from Qualcomm, as well as a hefty 4000 mAh battery.
It is not plausible that the V50 with 5G support also appears directly in the Benelux. Dutch providers expect to offer faster mobile internet in 2020. The Dutch auction of 5G frequencies will only take place somewhere in 2019, and only then can providers expand their own network. Subsequently, the big cities are next, and it can take a year or more before a nationwide network is created.