​ LG Electronics to showcase 5G phone in Barcelona MWC

Lim Chang-won Reporter Posted : 2019-01-24 13:52 Updated : 2019-01-24 13:52
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SEOUL -- LG Electronics will showcase its 5G smartphone at next month's Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. The new model would hit the market in March when South Korea opens a 5G mobile network for smartphone users.

LG said Thursday that the 5G phone powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor would be unveiled on February 24 in Spain. The 5G phone improved the processing of information by more than 45 percent than its previous model, V40 ThinQ, to support 5G Internet, high-resolution games and large-capacity apps simultaneously without latency.

In a video invitation released a day earlier, LG implied a new interface that allows users to operate the phone without touching the screen. The video reveals hidden characters only by hand gestures, and the paper placed on the floor moves. A message reading "Good-bye Touch" appears with a hand making sweeping motions above a white piece of paper.

According to leaked information, G8 is likely to come with dual front and triple rear cameras and a droplet notch. The notch design display, which has an island on the top edge to house a speaker, selfie cameras and sensors, has become the norm for smartphones, but some makers have adopted the droplet notch which only houses a single-lens camera to minimize the black island.

G8 is expected to feature a 4K display. LG has a lineup of undisclosed smartphones using crystal sound and other new technologies such as a dual connected display screen. LG Display, a leading flat panel maker, has developed crystal sound technology that uses the display panel in a similar way to that of a speaker's diaphragm to create sound with a magnet and a coil.