Besides the notch or hidden camera modules (such as the motorized one in OnePlus 7 Pro or ‘shark fin’ style compartment in OPPO Reno series), the Android smartphone makers are evaluating yet another monumental design change since months.

Before you make a wrong guess – no – I’m not talking about the detachable 5G modem!

Moto Z3 with the 5G Moto Mod

Expanding the display area is one of the oldest goals of phone manufacturers. As the screen doubles as an input panel, exploiting the extra area without sacrificing the handy dimensions becomes a tough challenge.

The OEMs bring back the age-old sci-fi tech about foldable screens and try to incorporate them in the current setup. The initial experiments went haywire (*cough* Samsung Galaxy Fold *cough*), but we did get a handful of worthy candidates.

LG V50 ThinQ with its dual screen implementation

Unlike Samsung or Huawei, LG opted for a traditional hinge style design language in the fifth generation V lineup. Not only the secondary display case is less fragile than a unified foldable display, but also it is also backed by industry experts since the Nintendo DS days.

Apart from the dual screen and 5G compatibility with a dedicated Snapdragon X50 modem, V50 ThinQ is not much different from its immediate predecessor. Call it a coincidence, but LG fans experienced the same saga with 2018’s V30 ThinQ and V35 ThinQ.

LG V35 ThinQ

Keeping aside all these spinoffs, V50 ThinQ should certainly get a half yearly refresh and we know it should be 5G compatible. The dual screen is confirmed to stay as well.

There are tons of speculations among the Android communities, and the upcoming LG V60 ThinQ (if not they are going to skip it for some unknown reasons) is heading towards a release date in as early as September.

In response, LG Electronics plans to release a follow-up model of the 5G smartphone V50 Thinking in September. LG Electronics is planning to showcase the sequel to the V50 at the IFA (International Consumer Electronics Show) held in Germany on the 6th of next month.

(Translated using Google Translate)

The info has its origin in a report published by Korea Digital Times, where the tentative event is mentioned as Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) Berlin. The exhibition will take place from September 6 to 11 this year.

Interestingly, the Korean OEM also applied for the registration of the ‘V60’ moniker last month. The naming pattern may sound obvious, but the timing is certainly in line.

Source (Click/Tap to zoom)

LG did go for similar trademarks in past, and these incidents made the arrival of the ‘V60’ with the ‘ThinQ’ branding is pretty much obvious

Back to the Korea Digital Times report, an enhanced dual screen feature is also hinted for the successor.

The successor model has also improved the usability of the removable display ‘dual screen’, which was introduced in the V50.

(Translated using Google Translate)

What are your expectations from the next flagship from LG? Snapdragon 855+? Next gen 5G modem? Let us know by commenting below.

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Kingshuk De
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I came from a mixed background of Statistics and Computer Science. My research domains included embedded computer systems, mobile computing and delay tolerant networks in post-disaster scenarios. Apart from tinkering with gadgets or building hackintosh, I like to hop on various subreddits and forums like MyDigitalLife and XDA.

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