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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)



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!

Display

Size

6.0 inches
6.1 inches
6.1 inches

Technology

P-OLED
Dynamic AMOLED
OLED

Screen-to-body

79.76 %
88.66 %
83.66 %

Peak brightness

 
 
600 cd/m2 (nit)

Features

HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Processor

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

GPU

Adreno 630
Adreno 640
Adreno 640

RAM

6GB LPDDR4
8GB LPDDR4
6GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

128GB
128GB
128GB

OS

Android (10, 9.0 Pie)
Android (10, 9.0 Pie), Samsung One UI
Android (9.0 Pie)

Battery

Capacity

3320 mAh
3400 mAh
3500 mAh

Charging

Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, USB Power Delivery
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 17 h (1010 min)

Stand-by time

16.5 days (396 hours)
the average is 21 days (496 h)
 
17.2 days (412 hours)
the average is 21 days (496 h)

Talk time (4G)

28 hours
 
 

Video playback

12.00 hours
20.00 hours
 

Camera

Rear

Penta camera
Triple camera
Dual camera

Main camera

12 MP (Autofocus)
12 MP (OIS, PDAF)
12 MP (OIS, PDAF)

Specifications

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

Second camera

12 MP (Autofocus)
12 MP (Telephoto, OIS, PDAF)
16 MP (Ultra-wide)

Specifications

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

Third camera

12 MP (Black and White, Autofocus)
16 MP (Ultra-wide)
 

Specifications

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

Fourth camera

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

Features

HDR, Video calling, Video sharing
HDR, Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
HDR, Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

20 MP
10 MP
8 MP

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

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

Weight

6.07 oz (172.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)
5.54 oz (157.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)
5.89 oz (167.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)

Materials

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

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP67
Water, Dust; IP68
Water, Dust; IP68; MIL-STD-810 certified

Biometrics

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

Buyers information

Price

$ 699
$ 900
$ 820


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.

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