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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.

Dimensions 151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4 mm (5.98 x 2.83 x 0.33 in)
Weight 167 g (5.89 oz)
Build Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
SIM Single 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
Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.1 inches, 91.0 cm2 (~83.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~564 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
– 100% DCI-P3
– Dolby Vision
0
– Always-on display
OS Android 9.0 (Pie)
Chipset Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485)
GPU Adreno 640
Card Slot microSD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM model
microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model
Internal 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
Triple 12 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)
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60fps, [email protected], HDR, 24-bit/192kHz stereo sound rec.
Dual 8 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1.22µm, AF
TOF camera
Features HDR
Video [email protected]
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– 32-bit/192kHz audio
– DTS: X Surround Sound
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC Yes
Radio FM radio
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery
Charging Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 3.0)
Wireless charging
Colours Carmine Red, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue