The LG V50 ThinQ 5G has endured a stop-and-go release schedule. In the midst of growing pains with South Korea's next-gen cellular grid, the company pushed its original home market launch date of April 19 by nearly a month. Sprint, the U.S. carrier that claimed the early lead on the device, started sales on May 31. We knew that Verizon would also take up the V50 this "summer," but it wasn't until now that we learned it would be this week — on the last day of spring.
The announcement came in an episode of "Up to Speed," a semi-public series of video bulletins that are targeted to Verizon employees. The only kernel of new information we get from the update is that the phone will be on sale from June 20.
The rest of blurb featured all the specs which, if you are not familiar with, are the following:
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Memory||128GB internal, microSD up to 2TB|
|Display||6.4" 3120 x 1440 OLED|
|Rear cameras||12MP f/1.5 @ wide, 12MP f/2.4 telephoto, 16MP f/1.9 super-wide|
|Front cameras||8MP f/1.9, 5MP f/2.2 wide|
|Battery||4,000mAh w/ Quick Charge 3.0|
|Audio||Bluetooth 5, 3.5mm input w/ Quad DAC|
|OS||Android 9 Pie|
The LG V50 will be Verizon's second integrated 5G smartphone behind the Galaxy S10 5G. We've got no price on this one, so we'll look forward to that information in the next couple of days, but Sprint had an FRP of $1,152.
June 20 is upon us, and just as the carrier promised, Verizon has opened sales of the LG V50. The 5G handset's arrival also means that we finally get some pricing info: you'll pay just under $1,000, or $41.66 a month for two years, to take this puppy home.
Getting on board with 5G at this early date is going to mean paying a premium no matter which option you go with, so LG is hardly alone in that regard. Whether or not this is the 5G option for you may remain to be seen, but right now we're just happy to know that users are beginning to get some variety in their 5G choices.