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If you haven't been following the mobile tech news very closely over the last few months, you might be wondering why LG hasn't unveiled the G9 ThinQ yet. The answer, of course, is the company has decided to ditch the boring, nondescript, and increasingly convoluted alphanumerical designations of its high-end phones, instead rolling out the intriguingly branded, beautifully designed but tragically overpriced Velvet 5G
... in South Korea only.
While there's still a good chance the 5G-enabled 6.8-incher
will eventually be released in the US, we wouldn't hold our breath as far as affordability is concerned around those parts either. Thus, bargain hunters might be better served by last year's LG G8 ThinQ
, which is once again available at its lowest price ever on Amazon in an unlocked variant with hands-free Alexa support.
This bad boy used to cost as much as $850, currently fetching a whopping 450 bucks less than that... for at least the second time
since Black Friday
after regularly dropping to $750, $700, and even $600 in recent months. Otherwise put, you're not exactly looking at $450 savings compared to the "regular" price of the unlocked G8 ThinQ
nowadays, but the discount is undoubtedly substantial.
The handset is also undoubtedly powerful and feature-packed
for its current price bracket, sporting a notched 6.1-inch P-OLED screen with a top-shelf resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels, as well as a similarly high-caliber Snapdragon 855 processor, a fairly generous 6 gigs of memory, 128 gigs of internal storage space, a microSD card slot, headphone jack, 16 + 12MP dual rear-facing cameras, and 3,500mAh battery capacity.
By no means a perfect phone, the LG G8 ThinQ also comes with a number of experimental features in tow that you're likely to find largely gimmicky or outright useless. But the impracticality of Air Motion
gestures and Hand ID tech is arguably offset by the aforementioned spec sheet, as well as an extended warranty you simply need to remember to register for
after completing your purchase. And yes, in case you're wondering, retailers like Best Buy and B&H Photo Video are charging more than Amazon at the time of this writing.