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MWC 2019: LG to showcase its 5G-ready smartphone

LG’s MWC event is scheduled to take place on February 24. The South Korean company will also unveil a new phone with air-based gestures.

tech Updated: Jan 24, 2019 14:06 IST
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The LG CLOi robotic assistant is displayed at the LG booth during CES 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 9, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 11 and features about 4,500 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 180,000 attendees. (AFP)

LG Electronics Inc on Thursday said it will unveil its new smartphone based on the 5G network with a longer battery life and better cooling mechanism during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Spain.

The South Korean electronics maker will host a media event in Barcelona on February 24 that is expected to generate a lot of buzz from attendees to the MWC, the world’s biggest mobile event slated from February 25-28.

The announcement came a day after LG said it will show off its latest flagship smartphone, the G8 ThinQ, with a new interface on the eve of the MWC, Yonhap news agency reported.

It did not specify whether it will introduce the 5G smartphone as part of G8 ThinQ’s line-up or under another brand.

The new flagship model is expected to be released in March.

“We will showcase the 5G smartphone to attendees of the MWC,” LG Electronics said in a statement. “In light of the global mobile event, we will beef up efforts to target the global premium market.”

Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 chipset will power the 5G-enabled phone to support simultaneously high-resolution games and data-heavy applications without latency, the company said.

LG also adopted the vapour chamber technology to better disperse heat from the device and installed 4,000mAh batteries for a longer operation time.

According to news reports, LG is expected to showcase a dual connected display screen at the MWC, joining the race to target the high-end market with new form factors. Its unbeatable local rival Samsung Electronics Co is expected to take the wraps off its first foldable phone in the coming weeks, with China’s Huawei taking a similar step.

The home appliance maker has been striving to reverse its fortune in the smartphone market as its mobile division has been posting losses since the second quarter of 2017. Such developments are due to maturing demand and fierce global competition. LG has been struggling in the phone market as it has been sandwiched between Samsung and Apple in the high-end market and Chinese manufacturers in the low-end segment.

First Published: Jan 24, 2019 14:06 IST

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