LG Electronics will launch its first smartphone supporting the 5G network in the domestic market on Friday, the Korea Times reported. The 5G smartphone is called the LG V50 ThinQ 5G. Apple is not expected to launch a 5G iPhone in 2019.
South Korean competitor Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G has been the only other smartphone supporting 5G networks so far. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G smartphone was launched on April 5.
The LG 5G smartphone was revealed to the world at February’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. According to LG, the phone offers a more stable platform as well as rich multimedia features.
LG claims that its 5G smartphone offers robust audio and video performance with a 6.4 inch organic light emitting diode (OLED) display that offers users a more immersive experience with rich media viewing.
LG is started receiving pre-orders for the phone for two days from Wednesday. It will also offer a dual-screen worth $187 free of charge for those who purchase the phone by the end of June.
The dual screen of the LG V50 ThinQ 5G smartphone gives viewers double the viewing, gaming, and multitasking experience through a second 6.2 inch OLED display.
By launching the phone, LG aims to shore up the performance of its smartphone unit. The smartphone unit of LG has produced 16 consecutive quarters of operating losses up to the first quarter of this year.
While Apple is not expected to launch a 5G iPhone this year, the company is expected to make alterations to the iPhone that will give it a short term advantage over competitors. One such change is expected to the iPhone antennas.