LG’s spat with Qualcomm could delay the launch of its 5G smartphone


LG V50 ThinQ

LG, earlier this year, launched its 5G enabled smartphone – the LG V50 ThinQ – along with its G-series flagship device – the LG G8 ThinQ – one the sidelines of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in February this year. Despite being an early adopter of the 5G technology, LG has been slow to roll out its phone. The Korean electronic giant launched the LG V50 ThinQ in South Korea last month following a brief delay. The same month V50 ThinQ was launched in the US. And now the word is that users in other parts of the world might have to wait to get their hands on LG’s 5G phone owing to a spat with the chipmaker Qualcomm, which powers the LG V50 ThinQ smartphone.

Here’s what has happened. LG’s contract with Qualcomm is going to expire soon and the company wants to negotiate a new deal with the chipmaker. However, Qualcomm want to appeal to the anti-trust ruling against it last month which stated that the chipmaker was stifling competition in the market extracting excessive licensing fee and threatening to cut off supplies.

Now, LG Electronics has filed a petition in a US court opposing Qualcomm’s decision to set aside the anti-trust ruling by US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California. The Korean electronics giant has argued that putting aside the anti-trust decision could force it into signing another unfair deal with the chipmaker.

“If Qualcomm does not participate in negotiations with LGE in accordance with the Court’s Order, LGE will have no option but to conclude license and chipset supply agreements once again on Qualcomm’s terms,” LG wrote in its court filing in the federal court in San Jose, California.

The lack of clarity over LG’s deal with Qualcomm has raised concerns about the fate of the launch of its 5G smartphone – the LG V50 ThinQ. Simply put, if LG fails to negotiate a deal with Qualcomm or if the court doesn’r rule in LG’s favour, it could delay the launch of V50 ThinQ indefinitely.

It has been quite sometime since we heard about LG’s 5G phone. So here’s quick refresher for you: The LG V50 ThinQ comes with a 6.4-inch Quad HD FullVision OLED display. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and it has Qualcomm’s 5G modem, X50 in its core. It sports 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage and it runs on Android 9.0 Pie.

In terms of the camera, the LG V50 ThinQ comes with a triple rear camera setup with a 16MP super wide-angle lens, a 12MP standard lens and a 12MP telephoto lens. On the front it has dual-camera setup with an 8MP standard lens and a 5MP wide angle lens. It is backed by a 4,000 mAh with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology. There is also an attachable dual screen which features a 6.2-inch Full HD+ Full Vision OLED display.