An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: 5G connectivity. 8K video recording. A design that folds. These are some of the things you’ll get in one of Samsung’s newest phones — but the privilege will cost you at least $1,000 for the most affordable device of the lot. If you want these next-gen features but aren’t feeling the four-figure price tags, you could try LG’s new phone: the V60 ThinQ. It supports the new mobile network, packs a camera sensor with 64 megapixels for 8K recording, and comes bundled (depending on where you buy it) with the Dual Screen attachment — a case that adds a second screen to the phone, exactly like last year’s G8X ThinQ. You get all of this and a headphone jack, something missing from all of Samsung’s flagship phones, for a few hundred dollars less. (LG hasn’t announced pricing yet, but the company says it will be priced in the ballpark of previous devices, so around $700 or $800.) “I only spent a few minutes with the phone, and while it’s a compelling offer on paper, I’m not convinced the company has improved the areas where the V60’s predecessors fell short,” writes Wired’s Julian Chokkattu. “The cameras are usually decent, but not as nice as what you get from Samsung, Google, and Apple; more megapixels doesn’t guarantee better photos. The software still looks dated, and there’s no sign of the phone receiving Android updates faster. There’s no folding screen here, and while the second screen does turn the V60 ThinQ into a foldable phone of sorts, it comes at the cost of being bulky, heavy, and cumbersome — and frankly a little ugly too.”
Chokkattu also mentions the phone is massive, thanks to the “abnormally large 6.8-inch screen.” Paired with the Dual Screen attachment and its 6.8-inch screen, you end up with a phone that’s not very enjoyable to lug around. “It’s great that the accessory is bundled with the phone, and that it gives you more visual real estate, but the experience still feels clunky,” he writes.
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