With Vodacom having officially unveiled 5G in more locations around South Africa, it was only a matter of time before the first 5G phone would be available. The surprising thing is that the first 5G phone in South Africa didn’t come from Samsung or Huawei but instead from LG Electronics (LG). The company has introduced the LG V60ThinQ 5G – featuring 5G connectivity, upgraded audio, video and photo capabilities – to South Africa.
“We are really proud to be able to partner with Vodacom in bringing our market-leading 5G technology to South Africa,” said Deon Prinsloo, Mobile General Manager at LG South Africa. “And the LG V60 ThinQ 5G with its third generation Dual Screen is the ideal device for consumers who want to experience more through 5G when coverage increases in South Africa.”
The V60ThinQ 5G, along with LG’s V50 ThinQ 5G, are the first two 5G enabled smartphones available from Vodacom to run on its mobile 5G network that was recently launched in selected parts of the country. Customers can visit https://www.vodacom.co.za/vodacom/services/internet/5g to check Vodacom’s 5G network availability.
“The timing and introduction of this LG V60ThinQ 5G device comes at a vital time, as we continue to offer customers world-class network connectivity through SA’s first 5G mobile network. Customers with the LG V60ThinQ 5G device, who reside in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, within a 5G coverage area, will now be able to access one of the fastest and most sophisticated network connections in Africa. This aligns with our purpose of connecting people for a better future by building a digital society,” says Jorge Mendes, Chief Officer of Vodacom’s Consumer Business Unit.
The LG V60 ThinQ 5G features two rear cameras and time of flight (ToF) sensor array, including a 64MP main camera lens for sharper, brighter images regardless of lighting conditions. Also available is a 13MP wide-angle lens for more agile and all-encompassing shots. For the first time on an LG device, LG V60 ThinQ 5G supports 8K video recording for capturing videos in stunning 8K quality and jaw-dropping detail.
Alongside the latest camera and video innovations, LG’s latest smartphone continues the company’s legacy of leveraging the very best technologies for superior audio performance. Four brand-new, high-performance microphones allow for recording sounds from various directions to deliver realistic audio experiences no matter the surroundings. The device also offers Voice Bokeh, a feature that separates users’ voices from background noise, allowing content creators to place more focus on the subject while reducing excess noise. Also included is the LG 3D Sound Engine, an audio processing technology first introduced on LG OLED TVs. This innovation recognises the type of content and optimises the sound accordingly for greater cinematic quality.
Both the phone and the upgraded second screen accessory come with super sharp 20.5:9 ratio FHD+ P-OLED displays that are almost a half-inch larger than before. Even so, the new Dual Screen tips the scale at the same superbly portable weight as its predecessor, thanks to the thinner OLED panel.
With a ribbed back for a more secure grip and the same-sized OLED panel found in the V60 ThinQ 5G, LG third generation Dual Screen doubles the available screen real estate to make multitasking, productivity, gaming and entertainment more enjoyable than ever. What’s more, users can set the LG Dual Screen’s 2.1-inch Cover Display to always display key information for easy access at a glance or configure it to time out after 10 seconds.
LG V60 ThinQ 5G also features a design that seamlessly brings together metal and glass for a premium feel in the hand – coupled with two exciting new colours, chamfered edges and a large 6.8-inch OLED display, the smartphone up-levels design for the 5G era.
The device also packs a generous 5,000mAh battery for extended use of the 6.8-inch OLED display and LG Dual Screen, meaning more time for uninterrupted streaming, high-quality games, movies and video calls. The LG V60ThinQ 5G is also equipped with the flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 Mobile Platform with the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X55 5G modem to enable staggering multi-gigabit 5G connectivity.
The LG V60 ThinQ 5G will be available from Vodacom within the next week as the companion to the V50 ThinQ 5G as the first two 5G enabled devices available in South Africa.
LG V60 ThinQ 5G
Chipset: QualcommSnapdragon 865 Mobile Platform with Snapdragon X55 5G Modem
Camera: – Rear: 64MP Standard (F1.8 / 0.8μm / 78˚) / 13MP Super Wide (F1.9 / 1.0μm / 117˚) / Z Camera (ToF Receiver / Emitter) – Front: 10MP Standard (F1.9 / 1.22μm / 72.5˚)
Operating System: Android 10
Size: 169.3 x 77.6 x 8.9mm
Network: 5G / LTE / 3G / 2G
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, ax / Bluetooth 5.1 / NFC / USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Compatible)
Biometrics: In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
Colours: Classy Blue, Classy White
Other: Stereo Speaker / 4Ch Microphones / AI CAM / Google Lens / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / LG 3D Sound Engine / HDR10+ / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 4+ / MIL-STD 810G Compliance / IP68 Water and Dust Resistance / LG Pay / FM Radio