[Update: Sprint launch] The LG V50 ThinQ’s Korean launch gets delayed over issues with its 5G
Whether carriers admit it or not, 5G is still a very experimental technology and not many users care about it. With that being said, OEMs are still speeding to get out as many 5G devices as possible. Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G is the first commercial smartphone which supports 5G networks. The LG V50 ThinQ is the runner-up. Unfortunately for the company, Samsung’s launch didn’t go according to the plan. The buyers of the Galaxy S10 5G in South Korea are complaining about severe connectivity issues. Switching between 4G and 5G isn’t straightforward, which is surprising in 2019.
Coincidentally, LG is also facing issues with the 5G network. The LG V50 ThinQ was first announced at MWC and was planned to launch on April 19th. Unfortunately, LG has announced that they’re delaying the launch of the device due to the issues with 5G. The details behind the issues are not disclosed, but LG says it works closely with Qualcomm and local carriers to improve the quality of the 5G network. The company isn’t able to share the new release date just yet, so we don’t know how long the delay will last.
LG V50 ThinQ was supposed to be the direct competitor of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G. I was quite excited for the release as it is, in my opinion, a big step forward for LG’s V series of devices. With that being said, I think delaying the launch is a good idea. Releasing the flawed device (or a device which has flawed network capabilities) isn’t something LG can afford at this time. Fixing the 5G network with modem suppliers and carriers may also help Samsung in some ways. Whatever the case may be, I fully support LG to take as much time as needed to perfect the device and release a true, worthy competitor to the market.
Update 1: New launch date?
Business Korea reports that LG is ready to launch the LG V50 ThinQ on May 10th. The company apparently agreed on the new rollout schedule last week. According to the report, LG feels they can’t delay the device anymore in fear that public interest in 5G phones will fade. LG has not yet officially confirmed the new launch date. We will update this article as soon as they do.
Source: Business Korea
Update 2: Sprint launch
Sprint has announced that they will be opening up pre-orders for the LG V50 ThinQ 5G on May 17th. The device will be available on May 31st. Sprint is also launching the HTC 5G Hub. Both devices will be available in Sprint’s 5G markets, which includes Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Kansas City right now, and Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. in the coming weeks.
- LG V50 ThinQ 5G: $24 per month for 18 months with $0 down with Sprint Flex lease. Only available on the Sprint Unlimited Premium plan.
- HTC 5G Hub: $12.50 per month for 24 months. Activate the HTC 5G Hub with 100GB of high-speed data for just $60 per month.
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