The LG V 50, thank you, joins a small number of phones to feature 5G connectivity.
It’s a solid device in every way from its flagship level specs to its gorgeous display. But the addition of a 5G modem comes with a hefty price tag. Unless you’re an early adopter who doesn’t want to wait for the improved Snapdragon X fifty five modem later this year. Not to mention more 5G coverage.
You’re better off opting for the less expensive Google Pixel three or Samsung Galaxy s 10 to mistake the LGB 50 for the V 40 or even the V 30 is forgiveable for the most part. LG has maintained much of its V series design esthetic in its latest flagship.
It’s a little heavier than other flagships, but by no means difficult to hold for extended periods of time.
Above the horizontal camera stack in the back is a yellow 5G logo that glows when the phone is in use. The fingerprint sensor is quick to respond, but can be hard to reach with small hands. The convenience button on the left side is programed to open Google assistant by default.
And while this button is easy to identify, the volume buttons are that small and close together.
In artist playtest, the V 50 had excellent but slightly cool color accuracy.
Luckily, LG allows you to make customizations to screen temperature in the settings menu if you prefer a warmer look. Brightness is good at three hundred thirty five minutes. Though you might have a little difficulty seeing the display in direct sunlight moving on to connectivity. The LG V 50 is locked to sprint with five G only supported on Sprint’s network.
That said, it supports many other LTE bands covered by every carrier except AT&T in downtown Manhattan.
Upload speeds were superb at ninety four megabits per second, but download speeds lag behind at 15 megabits per second. We were unable to test 5G on the phone as it had not launched yet in New York during our tests for an early look at Sprint 5G network. Check out our test results in Dallas. The V Fifty features dual speakers with DTMF X 3D surround sound to provide an immersive experience for gaming and streaming multimedia at 93 decibels.
It’s loud enough to fill a room and sound good both in your hands and on a table.
Overall, sound is clean with a hint of face, but real audio files will appreciate the headphone jack and hi fi quad deck.
It’s one of the best sounding phones in the market, surpassing other flagships like the Apple iPhone 10 s and Samsung Galaxy s 10 by a healthy margin. Besides excellent overall performance, the V 50 is also a solid gaming film with no lag or skip frames in over an hour of asphalt. Eight gameplay.
It’s powered by a 4000 million power battery, which lasted eight hours and 52 minutes in a battery drain test.
That’s a couple of hours behind the Galaxy. S 10, though you should be able to get a full day of power with conservative use. Although LG isn’t as well known for its smartphone cameras as Google Wallet or snaps in the V 50 delivers solid image and performance in all lighting scenarios.
The phone features a triple camera stack, including its 12 megapixel F one point five lens, 12 megapixel F two point four telephoto lens and a 16 megapixel F one point nine super wide angle lens.
The dual front facing sensors come in at eight megapixels and five megapixel low light photos with a V 50 are good, even if they can compare with the Pixel three and pixel three. Excel like Google’s flagship. The V Fifty also has a dedicated night mode. The V 50 ships with Android Pi nine point O with LG 2x eight point O. While most handset manufacturers have moved to pare down software layers, LG continues to use a heavy hand.
In addition to basic things like unique app icons.
It makes drastic changes to the settings for new notifications and the quick settings menu. One of our biggest complaints with a B 50 is the amount of bloatware it comes with.
Since we only tested this print version, we can’t comment on what you’ll find on other models.
But it’s a fairly safe bet to assume at least some amount of bloatware will be included on the phone. And while the LG V 50 features the latest version of Android, don’t expect to get the update to Android Keys soon after it comes out, as LG has been slow to push operating system updates in the past.
LG consistently delivers solid hardware and the V 50 and Q is no exception.
It has plenty of power, solid display and looks sharp.
That said, it’s very expensive for a first generation 5G handset that only offers connectivity on a single spectrum band. Right now we recommend waiting until 5G matures a bit before buying.
Until then, the Samsung Galaxy s 10 is a much less expensive option that features a cleaner user interface and faster software updates.
And if you’re looking for the best camera with the fastest operating system updates available to Google, Pixel three is hard to beat.