MWC 2019: Telstra secures LG's V50 ThinQ as a 5G exclusive

Credit: Telstra

Telstra has elaborated on its CES 2019 tease, revealing that the telco's local 5G offering will include the LG V50 ThinQ and Oppo's first 5G smartphone.

Speaking at Mobile World Congress, Telstra’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Penn said “Telstra is 5G-ready now. When we began rolling out 5G technology across Australia back in August, we also started working closely with the major mobile brands and leading manufacturers of 5G handsets. This was so Telstra customers would not only be the first to access to 5G smartphones but also have a variety of products to choose from”

“There are two key components to bringing 5G to life – you need the network technology and you need compatible devices. Our network has been ready for some time, and we’re now even closer to having 5G-compatible devices available for our customers."

All in all, the announcement brings Telstra's 5G lineup to three. Importantly, only one of these devices is a proper exclusive: LG's V50 ThinQ. Telstra say that the new handset will be available exclusively from Telstra when it launches into the Australian market but didn't indicate when that would be. The Galaxy S10 5G is only said to be "available first through Telstra" while the Oppo's 5G phone will also be available through Optus. 

What does this mean to customers? It's still not clear when you'll be able to buy a 5G phone in Australia but, when that eventually happens, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G won't be the only 5G smartphone available to Telstra customers.

Disclosure - PC World Australia's coverage of this year's MWC in Barcelona was sponsored by Oppo who covered the costs of our flights and accommodation.

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