Meet the LG V60 ThinQ, hot off the presses. LG’s continuing their trend of attacking current market trends in their own way, and they’re doing it without nixing the headphone jack. There’s a lot to be excited about here, and a little bit to be wary of.
Let’s dig in and see what LG’s cooked up to take on the Galaxy S20.
LG V60 ThinQ
If there was ever a culmination of high-end LG features in one package, the LG V60 ThinQ is finally it. You’re getting an incredibly spacious 6.8-inch FHD+ P-OLED display (although still with a notch) powered by a Snapdragon 865 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 5G connectivity. There’s 128GB of internal storage, plus expandable memory, a headphone jack, and wireless charging. It’s waterproof, features an in-display fingerprint scanner, and has a massive 5000mAh battery powering everything.
If you’re worried about specs, LG has checked pretty much all the boxes. This phone is more than capable of handling any task you can throw at it in 2020, and should still stack up well against everything else to come this year.
Dual Screen case makes a return
LG has been tweaking their Dual Screen case attachment for a couple years now, and it really started to shine with the LG G8X. Our review found that it was a relatively cool, if clunky, attachment that gave you a much more affordable taste of folding phones and screens.
That case is back again for the LG V60 ThinQ, but with a few new tricks.
One area that bogged the G8X down was its lack of ability for many apps to really take advantage of the second display. The LG V60 ThinQ solves that by adding Google apps to the mix, which should open a whole world of extra flexibility alongside LG’s apps. It still has the small outer display for notifications, still features a mirrored display so you don’t get quality mismatches, and still needs to rely on the V60’s battery to juice it all up. Maybe not perfect, but it is better this time around.
Classic LG features
The LG V60 ThinQ still features a ton of staple LG features, like the Quad DAC for HiFi music playback. LG really seems like they’re turning into one of the few OEMs that still willingly put headphone jacks on their phones, and they’ve doubled and tripled down on it. If you’re a music enthusiast, you should look at LG for your phone, no question.
There’s still a dedicated Google Assistant button, which is cool that LG still hasn’t gone off the deep end to make their own Jarvis knock-off AI that no one likes. Everything still looks pretty much like an LG phone, but the LG V60 ThinQ adopts a new design with chamfered edges that I personally think look really slick.
LG has upped their camera game this time around, including 8K video capture, a “voice bokeh” effect that emphasizes recorded voices, and can record in HDR10+ in manual mode. The main 64MP camera can take excellent binned low-light shots, and it’s complemented with an ultrawide camera lens and a ToF sensor. No telephoto lens or super zoom tricks here.
Where’s the LG G9?
While the LG V60 ThinQ looks really cool, it makes us wonder where the G9 is. The G series of phones usually debut earlier in the year, while the V series have pretty unpredictable launches but generally come out later in the year to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note line. Does a spring launch mean the G series phones are gone?
It’s hard to tell. We did technically just see a new G series refresh with the G8X ThinQ, although that seemed more like a concept device to push the Dual Screen attachment at an affordable price. Will the G9 be something that tests new features before getting mainlined into the V70?
It’s probably too early to tell at this point. We don’t even have an official launch date or pricing for the V60, and there’s plenty of time and official events left in 2020 to make more crazy predictions. Regardless, we’re excited for LG’s next phone, especially to see how it stacks up against everything from Samsung.