MWC19 | LG G8 ThinQ and G8s ThinQ offer a host of engaging features (hands-on photos)
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LG has been displaying its G8 ThinQ flagship smartphone at MWC19, and it is safe to say the device is feature-packed. The main hardware comprises a Snapdragon 855, 6 GB RAM, 128 GB storage (expandable), 3500 mAh battery and it operates on Android 9 Pie. It’s the G8’s additional elements that will help it stand out.
First up is the LG G8 ThinQ’s OLED panel. The 6.1-inch QHD+ OLED (the G8s comes with FHD+) is not just a screen; it’s also a speaker diaphragm. LG added numerous audio features to enhance the sound coming from the Crystal Sound OLED: DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, and it features a boombox speaker.
In the camera department, LG is offering two different versions of the LG G8 ThinQ, depending on region and carrier. One has a rear dual camera setup and the other comes with three cameras (Korea only). So you either get 16 MP (wide) + 12 MP (standard) + 12 MP (telephoto) or you lose the telephoto sensor. At the front, there is an 8 MP shooter and the ToF Z Camera.
LG’s Z Camera is used for the biometric security and operation of the G8 ThinQ. The company claims the phone is the world’s first with advanced palm vein authentication (Hand ID), which is a more secure method than using fingerprints. Once the G8 has recorded your palm information, you can utilize the Z Camera for “Air Motion” operation. Users don’t actually have to touch the screen to carry out a number of functions; all they have to do is swipe the air above it. Handy.
Throw in a choice of natty colors (Carmine Red, New Aurora Black, New Platinum Gray, New Moroccan Blue), Quick Charge 3.0, IP68 certification and bokeh-effect Video Portrait, and it can be argued that LG has a potential winner with the G8 ThinQ. Prices and availability will be announced in the coming weeks.