LG G8 ThinQ Specs

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LG G8 ThinQ Review
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Description

LG’s flagship for the first half of 2019 is the G8. With its notched 6.1-inch QHD OLED display, it’s a fairly compact phone that packs a more than adequate punch. It sets itself apart with its HandID feature which lets you unlock the device with your unique palm print. You can also control the phone with gestures by interacting with the ToF sensor in the notch. There’s also a traditional fingerprint scanner at the back, but no traditional earpiece - instead, the phone’s display vibrates to produce sound. The LG G8 has IP68 water resistance and a 3,500mAh battery on deck, as well as a Snapdragon 855 chipset and 6GB of RAM. MicroSD card slot and a 3.5mm audio jack are available as well. There’s a 12MP main and a 16MP ultra-wide camera at the rear, while the selfie one is an 8MP one.

Pros

  • Supports wireless charging
  • High pixel density screen (563 PPI)

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Display

Benchmarks
Size: 6.1 inches
Resolution: 3120 x 1440 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio, 563 PPI
Technology: OLED
Screen-to-body: 83.66 %
Peak brightness: 600 cd/m2 (nit)
Features: HDR support, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

Benchmarks
System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
Processor: Octa-core, 2840 MHz, Kryo 485, 64-bit
GPU: Adreno 640
RAM: 6GB LPDDR4
Internal storage: 128GB, available to use: 106 GB
Storage expansion: microSDXC up to 2000 GB
OS: Android (9.0 Pie)
Device type: Smartphone

Battery

Benchmarks
Capacity: 3500 mAh
Type: Li - Polymer, Not user replaceable
Charging: Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, USB Power Delivery, Qi wireless charging

Camera

Benchmarks
Rear: Dual camera
Main camera: 12 MP (OIS, PDAF)
Specifications: Aperture size: F1.5; Focal length: 27 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Second camera: 16 MP (Ultra-wide)
Specifications: Aperture size: F1.9; Focal Length: 16 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.1"; Pixel size: 1 μm
Flash: LED
Video recording: 3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
Features: HDR, Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
Front: 8 MP (Dual-Camera, Autofocus)
Video capture: 1920x1080 (Full HD)
Dimensions: 5.98 x 2.83 x 0.33 inches (151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4 mm)
Weight: 5.89 oz (167.0 g)
Materials: Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 6); Frame: Aluminum
Resistance: Water, Dust; IP68; MIL-STD-810 certified
Biometrics: 3D Face unlock, Fingerprint (touch)
Keys: Left: Volume control; Right: Lock/Unlock key
Colors: Aurora black, Platinum gray, Carmine red

Cellular

4G (FDD): Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700 a), 13(700 c), 14(700 PS), 17(700 b), 20(800 DD), 25(1900+), 26(850+), 28(700 APT), 29(700 d), 30(2300 WCS), 66(AWS-3), 71(600)
4G (TDD): Bands 38(2600), 39(1900+), 40(2300), 41(2600+), 46
3G: Bands 5(850), 8(900), 4(1700/2100), 2(1900), 1(2100)
Data Speed: LTE-A Pro Cat 20 (2000/150 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s
SIM type: Nano SIM
HD Voice: Yes

Multimedia

Headphones: 3.5mm jack
Speakers: Earpiece, Multiple speakers
Features: 32-Bit DAC, DTS:X Virtual Surround, aptX-HD
Screen mirroring: DLNA, Wireless screen share, MirrorLink
Radio: FM
Additional microphone(s): for Noise cancellation, Video recording

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth: 5.0
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, dual-band; MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot
USB: Type-C (reversible), USB 3.1
Features: Charging, OTG
Hearing aid compatible: M4, T3
Location: GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer
Other: NFC, UMA (Wi-Fi Calling)

Regulatory Approval

FCC approval:
Date approved: Feb 15, 2019
FCC ID value: ZNFG820UM
Measured SAR:
Head: 0.98 W/kg
Body: 0.95 W/kg
Simultaneous Transmission: 1.59 W/kg
Wireless Router: 1.29 W/kg
Phablet: 3.88 W/kg

Buyers information

Price: $ 820
In The Box: USB Type-C cable, Quick Charge 3.0 charger, SIM tray opener, Clear case, Stereo headset

Availability

Feb 24, 2019
Officially announced: Yes
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Alternative variants

LG G8 ThinQ
Dual SIM
Differences from the main variant:
Dual SIM: Shared with microSD
LG G8 ThinQ
for T-Mobile
Differences from the main variant:
OS: Android (10)
4G (FDD): Bands 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 13(700 c), 20(800 DD), 25(1900+), 26(850+), 28(700 APT)
LG G8 ThinQ
for Sprint
Differences from the main variant:
OS: Android (10)
4G (FDD): Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700 a), 13(700 c), 17(700 b), 20(800 DD), 25(1900+), 26(850+), 28(700 APT), 66(AWS-3), 71(600)
4G (TDD): Bands 40(2300), 41(2600+), 46
LG G8 ThinQ
for AT&T
Differences from the main variant:
4G (FDD): Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 12(700 a), 14(700 PS), 20(800 DD), 29(700 d), 30(2300 WCS), 66(AWS-3)
3G: Bands 5(850), 4(1700/2100), 2(1900), 1(2100)
LG G8 ThinQ
for Verizon Wireless
Differences from the main variant:
OS: Android (10)
4G (FDD): Bands 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 13(700 c), 20(800 DD), 28(700 APT), 66(AWS-3)
4G (TDD): Bands 46, 48(3600)
3G: Bands 5(850), 8(900), 2(1900), 1(2100)

Carrier Availability

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User Reviews

Overall User Rating
Build quality
9
Camera quality
9
Performance
8
Display
10
Battery life and charging
10
Rating breakdown (out of 10)
9
Fantastic device at an amazing price
Phone owned for less than 3 months

I am a tad different type of cell phone user. I value some aspects of smart phone uses that many do not: I demand high audio quality for both music and phone calls (yeah, I know: so 2010 of me), I expect decent battery life, I want ease of personalization, and I want good software support, and I want value for the money as I buy my phones outright and not over time through a carrier. Everything else is on a sliding scale for me.

I am very pleased with LG here. This phone has improved on so much. First off, as an audiophile there are only a moderate number of phones out there that excite me, and if you have never attached a decent set of headphones to an LG device or patched it into a good car system, please do so. You will be treated to the best option out there and I think LG should be rewarded for still caring. Not only is the Hi-Fi quad DAC everything it is reputed to be, it has individual controls which allows you to adjust the sound to your liking. I cannot praise it enough. LG is also now backing their phones with 2 year support. Not only is this rocking the latest versions of Android and security patches, LG has committed to Android 11 for it. The battery life is fine- I rock a charge up to a day and a half. I am not a gamer, but I do stream video a ton as well as my music and podcasts so I feel my usage is fairly representative of what can be expected. While I am not a camera guy, I have gotten a few compliments from people who are. So while a grain of salt should be included, I like these shooters. This thing is quick as a hiccup and I have loved how fast it performs. I also prefer the fingerprint sensor on the back as opposed to the in screen type, so if you agree this is huge bonus.

A few downsides: LG still makes you jump through a few extra hoops to get things done than on other devices. They just lag behind on the UI department. While durable and solid, this thing is freaking slippery. I have never held a device more likely to be launched from you hand as you pull it from your pocket, like ever. The Google assistant button is a "love it or it is useless" kind of thing. As I find no real use for it, not being able to utilize the button for something else is just a waste of hardware for me. Also the AI "hand gestures" are tough to master. They are not gimmicks, as they are actually useful. The "hand unlock" especially is kind of neat. But for the time it takes to master them, you could have found other ways to accomplish what they do.

There is one more bonus I cannot understate: The price on this beast is SO GOOD RIGHT NOW. You can literally get this device for half of what a new Galaxy S10 or iPhone 10 are going for, much less what the S20's or next iPhones will set you back. You can get new in box unlocked versions for a hair over 400 dollars, and like new used ones for under 300. There is jus NO WORDS for how good this phone is for that price.

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