On Sunday at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, LG launched three new models in its ThinQ range – the LG G8 ThinQ, the LG G8s ThinQ, and the LG V50 ThinQ 5G. A new feature called Hand ID, which allows palm vein authentication, has been introduced to the G8 models. Users can now unlock their phones just by hovering their hands over the display. Another major addition is a Crystal Sound OLED, which kills the insufficiency of an earpiece or front speakers unnecessary. Besides, the bottom BoomBox Speaker is retained, now available with stereo output.
The LG G8 ThinQ is rated IP68 for dust and water resistance and MIL-STD 810G for durability. Features like Air Motion, enabled by the ToF Z Camera, make actions like receiving/ending calls, taking screenshots, as well as adjusting volume remarkably simple with gestures. The ToF Z Camera further enhances the Bokeh effect and Video Portrait mode, besides making 3D-based face recognition more secure by detecting photographs. According to the South Korean electronics giant, the LG G8s ThinQ provides similar features as the G8 ThinQ but at a lower and “competitive price.“
Although LG has released the color variants of the LG G8 ThinQ, namely Carmine Red, New Aurora Black, and New Moroccan Blue, the South Korean company has withheld the prices or information regarding the availability of the smartphones as of now. But it is expected to be revealed before they are made available in markets.
LG G8 ThinQ specifications
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
Weight: 167 grams.
Screen: 6.1-inch QHD+ (1440×3120 pixels) OLED Full Vision display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 564ppi pixel density
Performance: powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC
Storage: 128GB of inbuilt storage expandable up to 2TB via microSD card
Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, FM radio, and USB Type-C (v3.1)
Battery: 3,500mAh battery; supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology
Optics: the LG G8 ThinQ has two variants with – triple rear camera setup and dual rear camera setup. The triple rear camera setup has a 12-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.5 aperture, 1.4-micron pixels, and 78-degree lens. It also consists of a 16-megapixel 107-degree super wide-angle lens with an f/1.9 aperture and a 1-micron pixel sensor. Lastly, a third 12-megapixel 45-degree telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture and a 1-micron pixel sensor is also present.
The dual rear camera setup, on the other hand, eliminates the telephoto lens, but the super wide-angle and primary cameras remain the same as in the triple rear camera setup. The front camera is an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with an f/1.7 aperture, 1.22-micron pixels, and an 80-degree lens. Additionally, a ToF Z Camera, combined with infrared sensors, is available to enable Hand ID palm vein authentication, Air Motion, and a Face Unlock feature, besides a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel.
Additional features: 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, supporting DTS:X 3D Surround Sound.
LG G8s ThinQ specifications
Display: a 6.2-inch full-HD+ (1080×2248 pixels) with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio
Performance: powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC
Optics: a triple rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel wide-angle sensor, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. The front bears an 8-megapixel sensor paired with the ToF Z Camera.
Storage: 64GB or 128GB of inbuilt storage, not expandable via microSD card
Other detailed features of the LG G8s ThinQ have not been revealed yet.