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LG V60 ThinQ 5G in the US gets Android 11 finally

Before LG set about re-imagining and rebranding its smartphones, the mouthful that is the LG V60 ThinQ 5G, with a “UW” appended in some cases, landed in the US before all hell broke loose around the world. To some extent, it is the last of its kind, closing a chapter in LG’s history. It sadly wasn’t that celebrated, thanks to numerous reasons, but now owners of the last “V” phone have another reason to celebrate as it is the first LG phone in the US to get the much-awaited Android 11 update.

To be clear, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G is first only in the US. The overall title of first to Android 11 belongs to the LG Velvet but that update was confined to South Korea only. The company became largely silent after that, however, so it’s definitely a pleasant surprise to hear more action on that front.

In the US, the V60 ThinQ 5G was made available from carriers, especially from Verizon where it took advantage of its Ultra-Wide Band mmWave 5G, hence the “UW” in its name. The Android 11 update has so far been spotted for T-Mobile and Verizon, though AT&T probably won’t be that far behind.

T-Mobile is pretty slim on the details other than the fact that it also includes the February 2021 security patches. Verizon has more to share, listing a few of the key changes brought by Android 11 itself, like official chat bubbles support and a redesigned Quick Settings panel. Unfortunately, it also only has the January 2021 patches.

In addition to its historical significance, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G could be considered to be the last “high-end” LG flagship, as far as specs are concerned, that is. Most of its traits, however, have been carried over to the LG Velvet, like the Dual Screen accessory, while the LG Wing and upcoming LG Rollable take LG’s smartphones in a different direction.

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LG V60 ThinQ 5G with Dual Screen: An awfully long name for a phone short on innovation

Update 2/26: LG has provided ballpark pricing for the V60.

You don’t actually need to see the LG V60 ThinQ 5G with Dual Screen to know what it is. Based on our experiences during a recent briefing and hands-on opportunity in New York, the V60 clearly looks like LG’s V50, V40, G8, and G7. It has a few gimmicks and some unnecessary carrier compromises. And it has a headphone jack.

In short, it’s an LG phone. It’s not entirely clear whether it will be the only flagship of 2020 from LG, but if there is a G9 in the works, my guess is that the only difference will be screen size. For better or worse, LG has a formula, and it’s sticking to it. I’m not really sure what, if anything, the ThinQ surname even means at this point, but you won’t find the G8’s 3D face unlock or touche commands, nor the V50’s tailored intelligence services in this iteration.

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The Dual Screen’s second display perfectly mirrors the one on the V60 itself, notch and all.

That said, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G is a perfectly fine 2020 phone. With a 6.8-inch screen and more bezel than the Galaxy S20 Ultra has, it’s a bit too big for my tastes, but LG is merely following the big-screen trend line. The Dual Screen case that we first saw on the G8X has some useful features, but it still feels like a very cheap imitation of the Galaxy Fold.

But if you’re looking for an Android phone with premium specs, the V60 checks off most of the boxes. We don’t know yet how much all of those components will cost—one of LG’s irksome carrier capitulations—but it’s certainly ready to go head to head with the S20 on paper:

  • Dimensions: 169.3 x 77.6 x 8.79mm
  • Display: 6.8-inch Full HD OLED
  • Processor: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Rear camera: Dual 64MP, f/1.8, OIS + 13MP Ultra Wide (117 deg), f/1.9
  • Front camera: 10MP, f/1.9
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • OS: Android 10
  • Colors: Classy Blue, Classy White

Those are all perfectly fine specs, though the 1080p 60Hz display will certainly show its inferiority alongside the S20 and upcoming OnePlus 8. LG has lagged somewhat with its smartphone displays, having only recently made the switch to OLED—so the V60 feels a bit behind the times, even with a screen size nearly as big as the 6.9-incher on the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

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The V60 is the biggest V phone so far.

The same can be said of the design. While the corners are a bit more rounded, the V60 follows the same basic language LG introduced with the G7, and it very much looks like it’s stuck in 2018. The camera cutout at the top of the display is significantly smaller than the G8X’s, but the V60’s sizable top bezel doesn’t do it any favors. The chin is just as large, and the side bezels, while not as big as the top and bottom, are still distractingly thick.

Speaking of thick, the phone is pretty chunky at nearly 8.8mm, though its slight teardrop shape does well to hide it. At 218 grams it’s a bit lighter than the S20 Ultra (222g), though it’s less top-heavy due to the horizontal camera array. When you add the Dual Screen case, however, it tips the scales at nearly 350 grams.

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