LG V60 ThinQ: Everything about the new device that, you need to know!
Let’s face it, a lot of phones these days are just too expensive. When a base-model Galaxy S20 Ultra is priced at $1400, it’s harder than ever to justify spending that much money. That’s where the LG V60 ThinQ comes in. LG has kind of been on the periphery of the high-end smartphone space of the past year or so, with a handful of not so interesting phones leaning on weird gimmicks.
With the V60 though, it’s looking to offer a compelling all-rounder at a price that just about fits into three figures. But, gets you the latest Qualcomm processor, triple cameras, a gigantic battery, and 5g connectivity or in other words, a large-screen phone for less than Samsung’s small screens based model of the Galaxy S20. LG V60 displays a 20 point 5 by 9 POLED panel of Full HD plus resolution. It’s only 60 Hertz but still a great big screen at 6.8 inches diagonally. In terms of cameras, there are three around the back and one upfront. Also, around at the back, a textured rear helps with grip whether you get the fresh white version or the more eye-catching navy blue. The attractive chamfered sidewalls actually give it a fine touch.
LG’s new camera setup represents this biggest upgrade in years. In the V60, the main shooter is now a 64-megapixel unit that takes pixel-binned shots at 16 megapixels. There’s also an ultra-wide shooter at 13 megapixels though without any optical stabilization. We have only had a brief time to get to know the V60’s cameras and while we wouldn’t necessarily expect you to go toe-to-toe with a $1,400 phone, it does seem like a decent performer. The lack of telephotos has been disappointing but, the 64-megapixel resolution of the main camera gives you plenty of wiggle room for digital zoom. Moreover, for darker scenes, there is a promising AI night shooting mode as well.
Processor, Storage & Battery
When it comes to processors in smartphones, it’s mostly the standard early 2020 fast Snapdragon 865: 8 gigs of ram, 128 gigs of storage, expandable via microSD. The battery is an impressive 5000 million power cell. Boasting, LG says the battery has an additional 30 percent longevity compared to last year’s G8X.
Moreover, the LG V60 ThinQ features wireless charging. The big gimmick for the past couple of LG flagships has been the dual-screen attachment and it’s back with V60. This time bundled in the box. With every device, the LG dual-screen works in much the same way as it did with the G8X. You can run two apps side-by-side, jog elapse between the displays. You can even spread compatible apps across both to form a single expansive display. Moreover, now all of Google’s core apps support the dual screens; something that wasn’t the case six months ago. It’s a little bulky but, perhaps worth it if you dig the extra functionality which by the way still includes a neat little notification display on the outer case.
On the subject of software, LG has cut down considerably on the bloatware. The V60 now is on Android 10, out of the box, which is a welcome addition. It’s pretty slick and fast and in general, there’s not a whole lot of complain about it. However, given LG’s pretty dismal software update track record, you may be waiting a while for future versions of Android.
Finally, Audio! That’s long been a focus of the LG V series and the V60 features not only a genuine 3.5-millimeter headphone jack with quad DAC but it also boasts quad microphones with selective sound enhancement. So, if you’re shooting a video and want to isolate your subjects’ voice. This feature should, in theory, help you do that.
Look, no one’s trying to say the V60 will turn heads like a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. Many of that phone’s headline features like the hundred times space zoom or the powerful refresh rate of 120 Hertz display are not present here. Instead, LG has its own set of differentiating features aimed at a more niche audience while also cleanly undercutting Samsung’s more expensive handsets. We’re expecting to see the LG V60 around late March. So, stay tuned for further updates!