Hands-On LG’s V60 ThinQ 5G

LG’s ThinQ update carries its dual-screen-ready device into the 5G era

What: LG unveils the follow-up to its dual-screen LG G8X ThinQ, the 6.8-inch V60 ThinQ 5G

How: The new phone is bigger, has a huge battery, better cameras, and, naturally, supports 5G

Why Do You Care: LG is continuing the trend of ever-larger smartphones with 5G support. Will your next handset be a giant mobile broadband monster?

LG V60 ThinQ 5G
LG V60 ThinQ 5G. Lifewire / Lance Ulanoff 

At a glance, there’s little to distinguish the new LG V60 ThinQ 5G from its predecessor the G8X ThinQ; most of the excitement is found on the inside.

The V60 ThinQ 5G is a larger device, jumping from 6.4 inches to 6.8-inches. The handset, which LG announced on Wednesday, now has a gleaming silver, chamfered edge wrapping around a 2460x1080 OLED screen. Its optional companion Dual Screen case is, naturally, larger and slightly redesigned, as well, to accommodate the phone. The case’s integrated screen replicates that of the phone, right down to the cutout from the speaker grill and teardrop notch for, on the case, a non-existent camera.

LG V60 ThinQ 5G with Dual Screen
The LG V60 ThinQ 5G with Dual Screen looks at lot like the G8X Dual Screen, but it's noticeably larger.  Lifewire / Lance Ulanoff 

Outside that case and despite the larger size, the V60 ThinQ 5G is not uncomfortable to hold. It’s 20.5:9 aspect ratio keeps it narrow (but tall). Plus, at 218 grams, it weighs slightly less than Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro Max (226 grams).

Inside the LG V60 ThinQ 5G is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 + Qualcomm’s X55 5G modem, which supports millimeter wave and sub-6 GHz, as well as LTE. Some have been critical of this standalone modem configuration, which may drain more power than, for example, the integrated modem found on the Snapdragon 855.

Perhaps that’s why the LG V60 ThinQ 50 also includes a massive 5,000 mAh battery. When I tested the G8X’s 4,000 mAh battery last year, I got roughly 12 hours of battery life. LG claims this new battery could provide an additional 8 hours of operation.

Cameras

LG doubled the megapixels on the main camera, jumping from 32 MP to 64 MP. Generally, though, you’ll be shooting in 16 MP, which combines all the information delivered by those pixels (four at a time) into better images, especially in low-light situations.

LG V60 ThinQ 5G
The LG V60 ThinQ 5G's rear camera array.  Lifewire / Lance Ulanoff

There’s also a 13 MP Super-Wide camera and a time of flight (ToF) sensor for gathering 3D data about distance. The latter is used to create almost lenticular-style 3D photographs where the foreground image appears to move over the background as you shift the phone back and forth. I know, every smartphone has its gimmick.

On the front is a 10 MP selfie camera.

LG V60 ThinQ 5G
Using the device's 10 MP camera to take a selfie.  Lifewire / Lance Ulanoff 

The rear cameras are also capable of 2X optical zoom and, using the extra information on the 64MP sensor, 10X superzooms that are essentially a combination of optical and digital data. I switched the settings to capture the full 64 MB of data and then took a few 10X zoom shots. It was only a handful of photos and the light that cloudy day was terrible, but the results were not that impressive.

LG V60 ThinQ 5G
TheV60 ThinQ 5G uses a combinatin of optical and digital information to zoom 10X.  Lifewire / Lance Ulanoff

I also took one bokeh selfie with the 10 MP camera that looked quite good.

Hear This

On the audio side, the LG V60 ThinQ5G is a mix of old and new. It still has the same stereo speakers (one above the screen and the other along the bottom edge of the device) and it’s one of the few remaining handsets that still offers a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

LG V60 ThinQ 5G
I spy a 3.5 mm headphone jack.  Lifewire / Lance Ulanoff

However, LG pushed the envelope in other areas. First of all, the V60 ThinQ 5G supports 3D audio, the same technology it now offers on its OLED TVs. It uses the stereo speakers and some smart algorithms to create the impression that sounds are coming from all around you and not just out of the device.

On the listening side, there are now four microphones on the phone and LG uses them for ambient noise reduction and voice focusing during audio recording. Put simply, the speakers can cut out extraneous background noises and even seek out and focus in on the subjects speaking in your video.

That video, by the way, can now be 8K HDR10+. LG has also added the ability to turn up to an hour of video into a time-lapse.

The Dual Screen technology offers all the same features I found in the GX8 combo. The second screen can serve as a game controller or a keyboard. They’ve also worked with Google to update apps like YouTube, Photos, and Maps to take advantage of both screens at once.

LG V60 ThinQ 5G Dual Screen Case
The LG V60 ThinQ 5G Dual Screen Case features a monochrome notification screen on the outside.  Lifewire / Lance Ulanoff

On the outside of the Dual Screen case is essentially the same monochrome notification screen.

LG V60 ThinQ 5G
LG V60 ThinQ 5G also comes in white.  Lifewire / Lance Ulanoff

Available in two colors, blue and white, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G will ship with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. There’s also a 256 GB storage option and you can upgrade storage on your own via the included micro SD card slot.

Pricing, which will be set by the carriers, and availability have not been set.