LG V50 will be Sprint's first 5G device this spring

LG's first 5G phone is set to go head to head with the Galaxy S10 5G. And it has a flashy new logo to prove it.

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The first 5G phone from LG

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LG and US carrier Sprint unveiled the LG V50 ThinQ 5G phone on Sunday at MWC 2019 in Barcelona. It's the Korean phone-maker's first 5G-enabled device, meaning it'll connect to the latest generation of high-speed mobile data. As one of the first few high-end 5G phones , it'll also directly compete with Samsung's recently launched 5G phone, the Galaxy S10 5G. It will be Sprint's first 5G smartphone in the US too, and will also available on Verizon 's 5G Ultra Wideband network, T-Mobile and AT&T  in the US later in the year.

With its 6.4-inch OLED display and barely-there bezels, the phone looks a lot like its predecessor the  LG V40  at first glance. But this phone touts a superpower emblem on the back: a glowing yellow 5G logo that lights up whenever it connects to Sprint's 5G network.

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As the fourth biggest carrier in the US, Sprint is poised to roll out its 5G network this year to a few cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. In a February 2018 briefing with reporters, Sprint Chief Technology Officer John Saw said that the network aims to deliver 5G at a quicker pace to more people than other carriers.

As for specs, the V50 features Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor, 6GB of RAM and a 4,000-mAh battery that should help offset the power drain from the 5G connection.

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It also has the same three-camera array on the back as the V40, with a 12-megapixel standard shooter, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens for portraits and zoom, and a wide-angle lens that gives you 108 degrees of visibility to pack more into each shot. The V50 adds portrait mode for video too, so you can get that cinematographic look when shooting subjects with a blurred background effect. And because the V50 has dual cameras on the front, portrait mode for video is available on both the rear and front cameras.

For more specs, check out the chart below to see how the V50 compares to LG's other newly announced premium phone, the G8. And be sure to read CNET's full coverage of MWC here.

LG V50 ThinQ 5G and LG G8 ThinQ

LG V50 ThinQ 5GLG G8 ThinQ
Display size, resolution 6.4-inch OLED; 3,120x1,440 pixels6.1-inch OLED; 3,120x1,440 pixels
Pixel density 564 ppi564 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.26 x 3.0 x 0.33 in.5.98 x 2.83 x 0.33 in.
Dimensions (Millimeters) 159.1 x 76.1 x 8.3 mm151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.46 oz.; 183g5.96 oz.; 167g
Mobile software Android 9.0Android 9.0
Camera 12-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)12-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (wide-angle)
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel (standard), 5-megapixel (wide)8-megapixel
Video capture 4K4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8552.84GHz octa-core Snapdragon 855
Storage 128GB128GB
Expandable storage 2TB2TB
Battery 4,000 mAh3,500 mAh
Fingerprint sensor BackBack
Connector USB-CUSB-C
Headphone jack YesYes
Special features 5G connectivity; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging, Quick Charge 3.03D scanning and motion capture with facial recognition, Air Motion and HandID; bone-induction receiver; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; Quick Charge 3.0

Originally published Feb. 24 at 10:45 a.m. PT.
Update, 12:37 p.m.: Clarified that this is also Sprint's first 5G phone.