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February 27, 2019
LG Unveils Dual-Screen 5G Smartphone and Touts Biometric Breakthrough
The two screens on the new V50ThinQ work independently, so a user can watch a film on one screen while browsing the Internet on the other.
LG, the worldÕs No.7 smartphone maker, saw its sales decline by a quarter last year as Chinese rivals Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi grabbed market share in a slightly weaker global market.
Both announced 5G phones in Barcelona on the eve of the Mobile World Congress, the telecoms industryÕs main annual get together, with Xiaomi pitching a $680 model and Huawei smashing the price ceiling with $2,600 folding phone.
LG nevertheless retains a following among those who value good video and audio quality.
Addressing those users, LG launched a second phone, the G8ThinQ, which can be unlocked without touching the screen. The handset instead uses light sensors to scan the veins in a userÕs hand or to recognize their face.
The phoneÕs front-facing camera, which uses a sensor chip developed by GermanyÕs Infineon Technologies , can scan in three dimensions - making it more secure than existing biometric methods of unlocking phones such as fingerprints.
LG product evangelist David Montanya told a launch event it would be harder to ÔspoofÕ than the FaceID feature used in AppleÕs iPhone X because the vein structure in a userÕs hand has less than one chance in a billion of being the same as anyone elseÕs.
Users can also activate features with gestures - for example to play or pause a song or video, or adjust the volume, by twisting their fingers, emulating the character played by Tom Cruise in science-fiction detective thriller Minority Report.
LG did not set release dates or announce prices for the new phones, but said the 5G model should hit stores in the first half of the year.
Copyright 2019 Reuters. All rights reserved. From https://www.reuters.com.
Reporting by Isla Binnie; Editing by David Goodman and David Holmes.
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