The LG G8 ThinQ is here: air gestures, palm reading, and Portrait Mode on video!

The LG G8 ThinQ is here: air gestures, palm reading, and Portrait Mode on video!
It's LG's turn to awe us here at MWC and the company has just announced the LG G8 ThinQ — its 2019 flagship for the masses. The new phone builds on the G7 and adds some nifty new features, such as a ToF camera and air gestures. Let's take a look!

Design and display



The LG G8 ThinQ looks a lot like last year's LG G7 ThinQ. Its sides are a bit curvier and its camera module on the back has been turned horizontally again. This time, the camera's profile is completely flush, with no bumps or hills on the back.

There's still a fingerprint scanner back there and a glass panel as well, as the phone still supports wireless charging.

A new addition to the G line is the display panel — instead of sticking to LCD, the LG G8 ThinQ now sports a 6.1-inch OLED screen up front, still sporting a crisp resolution of 1,440 x 3,120. And it's a special one, too — LG calls it the "Crystal Sound OLED" as it's capable of vibrating like a speaker diaphragm, essentially acting as an earpiece. So yes, this phone does not have a speaker on the front, you will need to press your ear against the display during calls.

The best part? LG did put its Boombox speaker on the bottom, but the phone will also vibrate the Crystal Sound OLED to give you a sort of stereo experience when consuming multimedia!



It's still a rather compact phone, easy to hold and use with one hand. Here's a quick size comparison with the LG G7, Galaxy S10, and iPhone XR:

LG G8 ThinQ

LG G8 ThinQ

Dimensions

5.98 x 2.83 x 0.33 inches

151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4 mm

Weight

5.89 oz (167 g)

LG G7 ThinQ

LG G7 ThinQ

Dimensions

6.03 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10

Dimensions

5.9 x 2.77 x 0.31 inches

149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone XR

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches

150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.84 oz (194 g)

LG G8 ThinQ

LG G8 ThinQ

Dimensions

5.98 x 2.83 x 0.33 inches

151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4 mm

Weight

5.89 oz (167 g)

LG G7 ThinQ

LG G7 ThinQ

Dimensions

6.03 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10

Dimensions

5.9 x 2.77 x 0.31 inches

149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone XR

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches

150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.84 oz (194 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



It's all in the hands!



The LG G8 ThinQ has a new camera module up front called the Z Camera. It utilizes a ToF (Time of Flight) sensor to quickly and reliably create depth maps of whatever objects it's looking at.

For example, the LG G8 ThinQ can scan your hand down to the veins in your palm. This is used as a biometric unlocking feature — show the phone your palm and it unlocks. The G8 will also support facial recognition through the Z Camera. And no, it's not affected by lighting conditions, so it should, in theory, be as reliable as Face ID.



But that's not all — a new Air Motion feature will allow you to interact with the phone by just waving your hand in front of the selfie camera. You will be able to take or reject calls, switch apps, take screenshots, or change volume without touching your phone. That'd be useful when cooking or cleaning, for example.

Camera and hardware



We still have "only" two cameras at the back of the LG G8 ThinQ — a 12 MP standard and 16 MP super-wide-angle one. The main camera has a very wide aperture of F1.5 and the sensor has 1.4μm pixels. In the smartphone world — these are considered big and contribute towards better night shots, as they collect more light. The wide-angle camera has an F1.9 aperture and 1.0 μm pixels on the sensor.

We do have new software features to enjoy! The so-called "Video Portrait" mode will take that faux bokeh effect we've seen on photos over the past 4 years and apply it to video in real time. LG utilizes what it calls a Dual FOV technology to capture multiple fields of depth — that should make for some pretty awesome cinematic shots if it works out right!

The selfie snapper on the front has an 8 MP sensor with an F1.7 aperture and 1.22 μm pixels. It's neighbored by the Z Camera (ToF camera), which is there for depth-perception only.

The LG G8 ThinQ is powered by the latest-and-greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, has 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage, which you can expand with a microSD card of up to 2 TB. The lights are kept on by a rather large, 3,500 mAh battery.

Aside from the stereo sound emitted by the Crystal Sound screen, there's also a quad Hi-Fi DAC on board. Now, this has been an LG staple for a while, so no surprises here — the company still caters to the audiophiles!

Here's how the G8 ThinQ fares versus the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Nokia 9 PureView!

LG G8 ThinQ vs Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Nokia 9 PureView

Display

Display size

6.1 inches
6.1 inches
6.0 inches

Resolution

1440 x 3120 pixels
1440 x 3040 pixels
1440 x 2880 pixels

Aspect Ratio

19.5:9
19:9
18:9

Pixel density

563 ppi
550 ppi
538 ppi

Technology

OLED
Dynamic AMOLED
P-OLED

Screen-to-body ratio

83.66 %
88.66 %
79.76 %

Peak brightness

600 cd/m2 (nit)
 
 

Camera

Rear

Dual camera
Triple camera
Penta camera

Main camera

12 megapixels
12 megapixels
12 megapixels

Hardware Features

Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus
Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus
Autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.5; Focal length: 27 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F1.5/F2.4; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.8"; Pixel size: 1.25 μm

Second camera

16 megapixels
12 megapixels
12 megapixels

Hardware Features

Ultra-wide
Telephoto, Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus
Autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.9; Focal Length: 16 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.1"; Pixel size: 1 μm
Optical zoom: 2x; Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 52 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.6"; Pixel size: 1 μm
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal Length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.8"; Pixel size: 1.25 μm

Third camera

 
16 megapixels
12 megapixels

Hardware Features

 
Ultra-wide
Black and White, Autofocus

Specifications

 
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 12 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.1"; Pixel size: 1 μm
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal Length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.8"; Pixel size: 1.25 μm

Fourth camera

 
 
12 megapixels

Hardware Features

 
 
Black and White, Autofocus

Specifications

 
 
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal Length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.8"; Pixel size: 1.25 μm

Fifth camera

 
 
12 megapixels

Hardware Features

 
 
Black and White, Autofocus

Specifications

 
 
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal Length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.8"; Pixel size: 1.25 μm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps)

Features

High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Video calling, Video sharing

Front

8 megapixels
10 megapixels
20 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD)
 

Design

Dimensions

5.98 x 2.83 x 0.33 inches (151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4 mm)
5.90 x 2.77 x 0.31 inches (149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm)
6.10 x 2.95 x 0.31 inches (155 x 75 x 8 mm)

Weight

5.89 oz (167 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.54 oz (157 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
6.07 oz (172 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)

Materials

Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 6); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP 68; MIL-STD-810 certified
Water, Dust; IP 68
Water, Dust; IP 67

Biometrics

3D Face unlock, Fingerprint (touch)
2D Face unlock, In-screen fingerprint
2D Face unlock, In-screen fingerprint

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845

Processor

Octa-core, 2840 MHz, Kryo 485, 64-bit, 7 nm
Octa-core, 2840 MHz, Kryo 485, 64-bit, 7 nm
Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit, 10 nm

GPU

Adreno 640
Adreno 640
Adreno 630

RAM

6 GB LPDDR4
8 GB LPDDR4
6 GB LPDDR4

OS

Android (9.0 Pie)
Android (9.0 Pie), Samsung One UI
Android (9.0 Pie)

Battery

Capacity

3500 mAh
3400 mAh
3320 mAh

Charging

Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, USB Power Delivery, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, USB Power Delivery

Talk time

22.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1174 min)
 
 

Stand-by time

17.2 days (412 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)
 
16.5 days (396 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)

Talk time (4G)

 
 
28 hours

Video playback

 
20.00 hours
12.00 hours

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 820
$ 900
$ 699


Software


As one might expect, LG's latest flagship is coming with Android 9 Pie on board. Of course, it's heavily skinned with LG's interface on top. We are curious to find out how LG implemented the gesture controls of Pie — does it go with the standard gesture pill, or would it implement something iPhone-esque?

As for software updates, all we have to go on is a promise — in early 2018, LG launched the Software Upgrade Center, which is a branch of the company specifically tasked with bringing timely software updates to customers' devices. LG said it is comitted to playing the long game, we've yet to see some proof. Maybe this year's phones will be the testbed?

Price and release date


Unfortunately, LG didn't disclose any launch or pricing details at this time. The phone will be "available soon" and pricing will be region-specific. So, stay tuned until the carriers announce their LG G8 ThinQ offers.

Related phones

G8 ThinQ
  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(22h talk time)

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12 Comments

1. blingblingthing

Posts: 976; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Damn, I'm impressed LG. These gestures can add some serious depth to the way we interact with our phone.

4. Alin03

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I am sure it is not as good as is sounds: every time you accidentally put your hand in front of the phone it will do things you never wanted to do.

10. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

We had air gestures with samsung s4

2. Gryffin

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

So the beast is back. With a bang!

3. Eric7779

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 13, 2019

The only reason why I would I have bought LG again would have been an IPS display. They can't compete with Samsung Oled. Big deception.

5. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

kind of feel bad for lg. it already got overshadowed by the s10.

6. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Awesome Lg!

7. Juarizs

Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

I've always loved that LG is trying to do new things. Sadly, the S10 is just so good that it can't really compete.

8. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I'm rather impressed with the g8 thinq it has some cool features like the hand ID and air gestures plus the enhanced facial recognition. In some ways it's better than the S10. This one's on my radar.

9. alligator

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

Air gestures, it is an old gimmick. I have never used these in Samsung phones several years ago, I'm sure they wont' be used in LG as well.

11. Cat97

Posts: 1933; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It does have a 1.4 um 12MP main camera but OIS seems to be lacking...which makes it yet another failure if true.

12. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

RIP LG

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