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LG gears up for launch of 5G smartphone in Europe

12 April 2019

Korean electronics giant LG Electronics is teaming with Swisscom for the arrival of the first 5G smartphones in Europe.

LG said the partnership between the companies is the first of a planned series of launches of 5G services in 2019 in the European region.

The first 5G smartphone that will be available will be the LG V50ThinQ, which is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 mobile platform and Snapdragon X50 5G modem. The 5G handset includes a 4,000 mAh battery, which is 20% larger than the battery found in the LG V40ThinQ to handle the increased energy that 5G demands compared to LTE 4G, LG said.

Because the smartphone is expected to handle new workloads as a result of the faster speeds that 5G will allow, LG included a heat-dissipating vapor chamber system in the new smartphone that is three times larger than the cooling system found in its predecessor.

LG is offering Swisscom customers the ability to add LG’s Dual Screen to the V50 that, when attached, opens like a folder to reveal a 6.2 in organic light emitting diode (OLED) display. When the smartphone is turned horizontally, it can be used for streaming concerts, sporting events or movies.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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