LG reveals dual-screen 5G smartphone and touts biometric breakthrough

BARCELONA (Reuters) – the South Korean LG Electronics introduces 5G smartphone on Sunday with a double-screen, the latest handset maker to adjust the pitch of a new design feature in an attempt to revive flagging sales.

New mobile LG V50 with Dual Screen is displayed before the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 23, 2019. REUTERS/Albert Gea

The two screens on the new V50ThinQ working independently of each other, so that a user can watch a film on the screen while surfing the Internet on the other.

LG, the world’s Number 7 smartphone maker, saw its sales decrease by a quarter last year as Chinese rival Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi grabbed a market share in a weaker global market.

Both announced 5G phones in Barcelona on the eve of the Mobile World Congress, the telecommunications industry is the most important annual get together, with Xiaomi pitching a $680 model, and Huawei with the smashing of the price of the ceiling with $2,600 fold phone.

LG, nevertheless, retains a following among those who value a good quality of video and audio.

The approach that the users, LG has launched a second phone, the G8ThinQ, which can be unlocked without touching the screen. The handset is used instead of light sensors, a scan of the veins in a hand or to recognize their face.

The phone’s front-facing camera, which uses a sensor chip, developed by the German Infineon Technologies , can scan in three dimensions, which makes it safer than the existing biometric methods of unlocking phones, such as fingerprints.

LG product evangelist David Montanya told a launch event, it would be harder to ‘spoof’ the FaceID function used in the Apple iPhone X because the vein structure in a hand of less than one chance in a billion is the same as that of someone else.

Users can also activate the functions with gestures, for example to play or pause a song or video, or adjust the volume by turning their fingers into imitation of the character played by Tom Cruise in the science-fiction detective thriller Minority Report.

LG has release dates or announce the prices for the new phones, but said that the 5G model should hit stores in the first half of the year.

Reporting by Isla Binnie; Editing by David Goodman and David Holmes

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