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LG G8 ThinQ – What do we know?

At Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019, LG Electronics (LG) unveiled its eighth generation AI premium smartphone, the LG G8ThinQ, which offers a fresh mobile experience through enhanced user conveniences such as vein authentication and ‘Air Motion’ functions, and powerful multimedia experience. The G8ThinQ will be available to Canadians in spring 2019.

LG G8 ThinQ - What do we know?

The large QHD+ FullVision Display measures 6.1-inches with 564 pixels per inch, allowing for an incredible amount of detail while the AI display engine optimizes colour and brightness for different environments, helping to reduce eye fatigue

LG G8 ThinQ

High-end sound comes standard with LG smartphones and the LG G8ThinQ is no exception, with the bass-loving Boombox Speaker now capable of stereo output. Realistic surround sound is made possible with DTS:X, while a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC delivers superior sound details. LG G8ThinQ also supports Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) technology, allowing for compressed high-resolution audio streaming without compromising sound quality. Tuned in collaboration with Meridian Audio, the LG G8ThinQ is a worthy addition to LG’s legacy of audio excellence.

LG G8ThinQ is the world’s first smartphone with advanced palm vein authentication, made possible by the combination of the Time-of-Flight (ToF) Z Camera and infrared sensors. More secure than fingerprint recognition technology, LG’s Hand ID identifies owners by recognizing the shape, thickness and other individual characteristics of the veins in the palms of their hands. Simply placing a pre-registered hand in front of the front-facing camera for a split second is all it takes to unlock the LG G8ThinQ and all its content. Now, this is going to be the part that I’m going to be interested in testing for myself.

The advanced Z Camera comes into play again when capturing eye-catching selfies in portrait mode. Z Camera measures infrared rays reflected off subjects to calculate depth faster and more accurately than other image sensors, making features such as Face Unlock possible. With Air Motion gesture recognition. Without ever touching the phone – useful when cooking or cleaning – users can answer or end calls, take screenshots, switch between applications, or adjust the volume. In my experience with air motion actions, it’s been less than adequate.

Dimensions151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4 mm (5.98 x 2.83 x 0.33 in)
Weight167 g (5.89 oz)
BuildFront/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
– IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
– MIL-STD-810G compliant
TypeAMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size6.1 inches, 91.0 cm2 (~83.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1440 x 3120 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~564 ppi density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
– 100% DCI-P3
– Dolby Vision
0
– Always-on display
OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie)
ChipsetQualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
CPUOcta-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485)
GPUAdreno 640
Card SlotmicroSD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM model
microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model
Internal128 GB, 6 GB RAM
Triple12 MP, f/1.5, 27mm (standard), 1.4µm, OIS, PDAF & laser AF
16 MP, f/1.9, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/3.1″, 1.0µm, no AF
12 MP, 52mm (telephoto), f/2.4, 1.0µm, 2x optical zoom, OIS, PDAF
Triple or Dual camera (market dependent)
FeaturesLED flash, HDR, panorama
Video[email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60fps, [email protected], HDR, 24-bit/192kHz stereo sound rec.
Dual8 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1.22µm, AF
TOF camera
FeaturesHDR
Video[email protected]
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
– 32-bit/192kHz audio
– DTS: X Surround Sound
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFCYes
RadioFM radio
USB3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
SensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery
ChargingFast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 3.0)
Wireless charging
ColoursCarmine Red, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue

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