The LG V60 ThinQ 5G + Dual Screen officially launches today and depending on which carrier you pick it up at here in the US, the pricing will be slightly different along with whether or not the Dual Screen is included or a paid option. Either way, this double screen behemoth is out now and I’ve had about a day to play around with an AT&T locked unit. Here five quick first impressions based on what I’ve observed so far before the full review coming in the near future.
1. IT’S LARGE
This is a tall phone. It’s almost 1cm taller than the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, but pretty much the same width. The phone does seem a tiny bit thicker too, but I’m assuming that’s to accommodate the larger 5000mAh battery. When you add the LG Dual Screen case to it, it becomes even larger in all directions. You’ll need some deep pockets to hold this device properly.
2. LOOKS AND FEELS PREMIUM
LG has done a wonderful job updating the look of their V-series phone. Instead of using the same design that has existed since the LG V30, V40, and V50, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G brings a few changes. We get a flat glass display up front that has chamfered edges. The metal band around the edges also has chamfered edges, but the flat surfaces are in a satin finish. The rear glass has curved edges however.
The LG V60 ThinQ 5G also now comes in two colors, instead of just black and the version I received is called “Classy Blue” with light gold metal accents.
The camera lens element on the rear is no longer flat and under the glass like on the V50 and has reverted back to being a hump. This is a slight downgrade in my opinion as you no longer have that clean look of one piece glass.
3. THE THUMBPRINT READER ON THE REAR IS GONE
The LG V-series for as far back as the V10 has always had a fingerprint reader on the back of the device. This was true all the way up to the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, but on this new device, it’s gone. LG has moved to an under display optical unit which will take some time for me to get used to. It’s been a while since I’ve had to unlock any device with something up front.
Secondly, it seems that there is no longer a way to use face recognition to unlock your device either, which is probably due to the fact that there’s only one camera up front now.
4. NO MORE NOTCH
Speaking of the single camera up front, there is no longer a large notch on the top. It is now a teardrop notch aka waterdrop notch. It does present a slightly cleaner look and allows more space for notification icons in the status bar. They can do this because the speaker is now a tiny slit above the camera and they got rid of the second camera up front. It’s now a single 10MP unit.
5. THE LG DUAL SCREEN IS IMPROVED
The LG V50 ThinQ 5G was the first of LG’s devices with the dual screen case and it wasn’t the last. The LG V60 ThinQ version of it is much improved. For starters, there’s finally a display up front so you no longer need to open up the case to view notifications or see who is calling. The display automatically turns off too and can be manually turned on by pressing the phone’s power button.
The Dual Screen case is also thinner than before on both the case portion and the display portion. The second display can now be folded at any angle and it’s also the same exact size as the main phone’s display. It’s also no powered via USB-C port connection to the phone and if you want to charge, it includes a magnetic charging adapter.
And there you have it. Those are the biggest changes I noticed just from playing with the device for a bit but I’m sure there’s even more changes as I dive deeper into it in the coming days. There will definitely be more to come as I believe this could be a sleeper hit of 2020. LG phones in my opinion have been really good, just overlooked by the general public. Hopefully all that changes with the new LG V60 ThinQ 5G and its Dual Screen Case, especially with prices starting at $799.99 to $899.99.