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LG V40 ThinQ launches with most versatile quintuple-camera setup

The first of its kind

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The time has come for 5 cameras on a smartphone! / Photo by Michael Josh

LG let the cat out of the bag early, but that hasn’t stopped them from pushing through with their biggest smartphone release to date.

The V40 ThinQ looks a lot like its predecessors (and there have been many of them), but there’s one thing — or five — that makes it special.


If it isn’t obvious by now, this is the first truly quintuple-camera design on a smartphone, and each shooter isn’t just for show.

Let’s begin with the back: one 16-megapixel camera is for ultra-wide-angle shots, another 12-megapixel camera is for 2x zoomed-in photos, and the third 12-megapixel camera is simply for regular-angle shots at an f/1.5 aperture to let in more light. When put together, you have the most versatile cameras on any smartphone to date.

3 Rear cameras on the LG V40 ThinQ / Photo by Michael Josh

This is followed up by the front cameras, which consist of one wide-angle lens and another regular unit — 5 and 8 megapixels, respectively. No telephoto shooter here, because who wants close-ups of their nostrils?

Another highlight is the large 6.4-inch 1440p P-OLED display which has become a signature for LG’s V-series. Along with HDR compatibility, as well as the same Hi-Fi Quad DAC through its 3.5mm audio port and Boombox loudspeaker found on the G7, this is the multimedia smartphone to get today.

In addition, you get typical flagship specs: a fast Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of memory, 64GB of expandable storage, and fairly sized 3300mAh battery. Oddly, it ships with the outdated Android 8.1 Oreo, but wireless charging and IP68-rated water and dust resistance are available.

It will be available for preorder on Verizon starting October 11 in Aurora Black and the Verizon-exclusive Moroccan Blue, starting at US$ 40.83 a month for 24 months. It will also be available for pickup from local Verizon stores, online, or through the My Verizon app starting on October 18.

Is the V40 ThinQ enough to save LG’s sinking sales? As it stands, it’s possibly the most complete handset currently available, but with both the higher-end models kicking it up a notch and value brands pushing cheaper products, LG needs to win back the market gradually.

LG also has to try harder at differentiating its V-series from the G-series, which are becoming increasingly alike. Still, it’s great to have a yearly refresh from both lineups, delivering consistently new features as they arrive.

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Samsung is working on cheaper versions of 2019 flagships

Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite is coming

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Still don’t know which 2019 flagship to buy? With the holiday season right around the corner, you’re likely on the hunt for some gifts for yourself and for others. If you’re still busy counting centavos, Samsung is working on a more affordable alternative to this year’s series of flagships.

According to SamMobile, the South Korean smartphone maker is developing a Galaxy S10 Lite and a Galaxy Note 10 Lite. Both smartphones will offer the Samsung flagship experience to more budget-friendly customers.


Based on the rumor, the Galaxy S10 Lite will still carry an enjoyable set of hardware under the hood. Like the other members of the series, the upcoming smartphone will sport a Snapdragon 855 chipset. Inside, it will have 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. For cameras, it will have a triple rear camera combination — a 48-megapixel main shooter, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The selfie shooter will reportedly shoot at 32 megapixels. For power, it sports a huge 4500mAh battery with support for 45W fast charging.

Strangely, the upcoming smartphone’s specs go above and beyond the usual hardware of a “lite” version. Despite the “lite” moniker, the supposed Galaxy S10 Lite is a very capable smartphone. The specs are even better than the Galaxy S10 series’ current affordable version, the Galaxy S10e. Unfortunately, the rumor does not include how much it will cost or when it will drop.

Likewise, the same rumor includes a more affordable Galaxy Note 10 Lite. However, there is even less information surrounding this smartphone. At the very least, Samsung’s insiders have already confirmed the working model — the SM-N770F. No specs or price yet, though.

As with most rumors, wait for a better announcement before setting aside some money on the upcoming smartphone. Given the impressiveness of the specs, these might be a totally new smartphone in the future.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S10 gets Note 10 features

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India will let Huawei demo its 5G technology

Huawei is leading the 5G race

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On the consumer side, Huawei is known for making smartphones and wearables. However, the Chinese company is currently leading research and development of 5G — the next generation of wireless mobility.

It has gotten approval to participate in the demonstration of 5G use cases during the three-day India Mobile Congress to be held in New Delhi, even as the government is yet to take a decision on allowing the firm to participate in the upcoming 5G field trials.


The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has assigned telecom service providers with spectrum in the 3400-3600Mhz band range to demonstrate India-specific 5G technology-use cases.

Huawei will present the demos with Airtel and Vodafone-Idea, who currently use Huawei and ZTE equipment for their network operations in India.

The Chinese giant has been barred by the US due to alleged security concerns. Earlier this year, there were revelations that Huawei is embedding snooping software in the source code of its serves to spy and access the data of other countries.  The US is also lobbying its close allies to boycott Huawei.

On the other hand, Huawei currently leads the 5G revolution due to its massive investment in research and development. Experts say the global rollout of 5G will be delayed by a couple of years if Huawei is barred in multiple markets. Competing companies include Ericsson and Nokia.

India is yet to give Huawei a clean chit for an actual rollout though. For now, the nod is seen as more of a diplomatic move by the Indian government ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India.

SEE ALSO: The new online generation: Explaining 5G internet

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ROG Phone 2: Price and availability in the Philippines

Includes pricing for accessories

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The ASUS ROG Phone 2 is officially in the Philippines!

The ROG Phone 2 with 12GB RAM  and 512GB  storage began pre-orders at the price of PhP 49,995 (US$ 962) last October 3 to October 11, 2019. It will hit the market on November 2019 along with the Ultimate Edition that has 12GB RAM and 1TB storage for PhP 59,995 (US$ 1165).


The phone’s accessories are available at ROG Stores only. Pricing are as follows:

Accessories list Price
Professional Dock PhP 4,995
Lighting Armor Case PhP 2,495
ROG Kunai Gamepad PhP 6,995
TwinView Dock II PhP 14,995
Mobile Desktop Dock Revised PhP 10,995
ROG Phone Bag PhP 2,495
ASUS WiGig Display Dock
(Champion’s Super Pack Exclusive)
PhP 13,995
AeroActive Cooler II
(Out-of-box Accessory)
PhP 2,995
Aero Case
(Out-of-box Accessory)
PhP 995

 

Gaming phone refined

The ROG Phone 2 is perhaps one of the most specced out phone in the world today. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus with a 120Hz AMOLED Display, 12GB of RAM, 512GB storage, and 6,000mAh battery.

Other features like performance improvement and cooling that keeps the phone in optimal condition promises to deliver the best mobile gaming experience to date. There are even new and improved accessories like the Kunai gamepad that makes the phone look almost like a Nintendo Switch to take your gaming experience to an even higher level.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated on October 11, 2019 to add pricing details of the accessories.

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