Before Google launched its Pixel 4 with hype and presumed to be able to control itself without touching them, LG already had its own devices on the market that allow this function. We have tried the LG G8 Smart Green ThinQ, a terminal that not only has powerful hardware, but also allows us to control with gestures in the air.
LG has given us great devices and pioneered the infinite screens, but it has also had stumbling blocks. Let's see on which side the LG G8 Smart Green ThinQ is located.
Design without risks
LG wants to get an image that distinguishes its terminals, for this it has an already recognizable style and design. This device does not go out of the norm and its appearance betrays its LG essence. In principle, this is neither good nor bad, since if you like it, it seems perfect, but it may fall to the point of being something repetitive. Of course LG does not seem to agree and after all, they know what results they are giving.
The body of the LG G8s ThinQ has some measures of 155.3 x 76.6 x 7.99 mm and a weight of 181 grams, which means that despite having a good size, it is handled comfortably. It consists of a flat glass back, without curvature and a slightly rounded metallic frame. The distribution of its buttons is quite common in LG, but still we are going to review it.
The upper part is clean, leaving all the connections and buttons to the sides and the lower part. On the right side, it has the on / off button at the top, and the tray for SIM and microSD cards a little lower. In general, both are too high, given the size of the device and its placement is somewhat uncomfortable to use. The left side mounts two buttons to increase and decrease the volume, under which we have a third button dedicated to Google Assistant, in this case much easier to reach, at least if you are right-handed.
In the lower part, against the emptiness of the upper part, we find a maximum use of space. From left to right we have the connector 3.5mm jack for headphones, a USB Type-C port and a three hole speaker.
As we want to leave the best for last, let's go to the back. In it we have a horizontal module in color houses that houses three cameras and next to it we have a flash. Under all this we find the fingerprint sensor, very well centered and accessible. The LG logos and the name of the terminal engraved on this back complete the design. Although it is made of glass, we should not have problems with its fragility and it is coming protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 6, like the front. What you should know is that it is quite easy to get dirty with fingerprints and you can use it as a mirror without problems.
As for the camera module, we have a triple system consisting of a 12MP lens with f / 1.8 aperture, a super wide 13MP lens with f / 2.4 aperture and 136 of FOV, and a 12MP telephoto lens with f / 2.6 aperture . Of the result of which we will speak below.
A nocth that hides more than a camera
Again we have an important nocht on its front and the reason is exactly the same why the Pixel 4 has returned to the upper frame, being able to shelter everything necessary to use the mobile with gestures in the air.
In this nocth we find a second speaker that accompanies the one that we already show you from the bottom, but most of the space is occupied by the system of Z camera that allows us to use the functions of Air Motion and unlocking with the palm of your hand. On the left side of the notch we have a selfie camera of 8MP FF with opening f / 1.9, Between this and the speaker we find the Cmara Z system, which is composed of a TOF sensor and an infrared illuminator. The truth is that it is not the Pixel sensor, but it works quite well when it comes to capturing gestures, although we will talk about that later.
As for the screen we have an 18.7: 9 format with a display 6.21-inch FullVision G-OLED diagonal with an FHD + resolution of 2248 x 1080p and with a density of 402ppp. The result is a screen that offers a good experience, with some colors that something cold comes from the factory, something that we expected since it is usually common in LG, but that we can adjust in the configuration. In this regard, making use of the True View option is highly recommended, since it adjusts the colors very correctly depending on the environment. That is surprising if LG stays in an FHD + resolution for a terminal in this range.
What has again left us with a very weak impression is the operation of the brightness sensor, slow and slow to adjust to the circumstances.
LG has bet on insurance opting to make available to the G8s ThinQ a hardware that guarantees an optimal experience. Inside this device we have a processor Snapdragon 855 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which we can expand by microSD up to 2TB. This moves with a 3,550mAh battery with quick charge Quick Charge 3.
In general we can not put paste to its operation, since both at the level of daily use, as with the different games we have tried or multitasking, the result has been very good. The battery gives us to arrive without problems at night, although yes, the fast charge is not as much as we expected and is about two hours to charge.
Everything said also depends largely on the operating system, which in this case is Android 9 with the LG customization layer, one of the ones that are most noticeable and that change the interface in a prominent way.
LG UX allows us to customize the interface from aspects such as the double screen (hide the nocth) to others such as choosing to use the drawer system or not. It even allows us to customize the screen that appears when swiping to the left, choosing between LG's own Smart Bulletin, using Google Feed or directly not using any. Once again the sound has DTS: X 3D Sorround, a multichannel sound standard that offers a more real and detailed sound, which we can use with headphones
Air Motion, a claw control
LG's gesture control system is called Air Motion and requires that we activate it. At that time we will be given a small workshop and it is necessary to practice before we catch the trick. Its use is not general since we will only get the option to use it on certain occasions.
LG has thought of this system as a way to control the mobile on occasions where we have our hands, dirty, wet or simply can not or want to touch the phone. To find out if the Air Motion function is available, we are shown a small bar below the notch.
Although the tutorial tells us how to use it and shows us the gesture, the truth is that it takes you a while to get the hang of it. It basically consists of place the hand about 20 cm from the phone giving it a claw shape, don't be afraid, the more exaggerated the better. Once you take the “quiet” version, a central circle with two options on each side will appear at the top of the screen. Depending on the occasion we can turn the hand, for example to increase the volume, or select one of the side icons to answer or reject a call. These icons can also be configured so that when we are on the home screen we can open an application, for example in my case, WhatsApp and Music
Again we have the same feeling as with the Pixel 4, a good function that does not end up converging, not because it works badly, but because as a rule we end up using the usual systems, faster than using Air Motion.
On the other hand the system can also be used to unlock the phone with the palm of the hand, a system that joins the facial recognition and the fingerprint sensor, which makes a triple option of biometric unlocking. Here we have the same problem and it is that it is faster and more effective than any of the two remaining systems before using the palm.
Specifications of LG G8 Smart Green ThinQ
Dimensions: 155.3 x 76.6 x 7.99 mm Weight: 181gr Available colors: Black
Operating System: Android 9 Customization layer: LG
6.21 'FullVision G-OLED with FHD + resolution (2248 X 1080)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa-Core up to 2.82GHz
Expandable 128GB goes microSD card up to 2TB
Triple: 12MP (Aperture f1.8) 78 / 13MP (Aperture f2.4) Sper wide angle 136 / 12MP (aperture f2.6) Telephoto 47.7
Dual: 8MP (aperture f1.9) 80 / Z camera (ToF) (aperture f1.4)
3,550mAh Quick Charge 3.0 Quick Charge Charging in 110min
3.5mm Jack Port, Bluetooth 5.0, USB C 2.0, NFC
Five cameras that give a good level
The LG G8s ThinQ has a total of five cameras, two on the front and three on the back. This quintet tries to be able to face the multiple needs, that more and more, the users require. To get the maximum performance LG continues to bet on a complete application, with a wide variety of options and that includes access to night mode. Again, artificial intelligence has a space, both when identifying the scenarios and adjusting the configuration, and for the use of Google lens type.
In general, the camera achieves good results, although it tends to saturate the colors. In optimal conditions we can take a shot with a good sharpness, contrast and with a very acceptable level of detail, moreover, macro photos are usually the ones that will satisfy you most in terms of results. As usual, the quality decays with less light and although the night mode achieves a better color ratio, it fails to attenuate the noise in a measurable way.
The photos in portrait mode allow us to regulate the blur and achieves a quite successful cut. While the wide angle continues to stand out for its results, with the option to correct the distortion of the sides and a very correct reflection of the depth. On the other hand, the telephoto lens is capable of offering up to 10X with acceptable quality, without being one of its strongest points.
In the case of self-cameras, the ability to portraits stands out, with a complete interpretation of backgrounds, and here the ToF sensor has a lot to say.
The LG G8s ThinQ allows 4K recordings at 60 fps and as with the photographs, it suffers from the same virtues and defects, about color saturation and noise appearance in difficult lighting conditions. Of course, it has the Steady Cam function that helps us considerably when it comes to stabilizing motion recordings.
Conclusions and opinion
LG has been brave and has chosen to innovate, and we must not forget that this phone was released much earlier than the Pixels 4. However, the results are not so far away, which is something to highlight. His continuous aesthetic is intentional and although some may like it, others give us the impression of being out of current trends.
The LG G8s ThinQ has bet everything to the differentiation with their gestures, keeping the rest of benefits very at the level of what we see in the range. Its photographic section, although it gives good results, does not show a differentiating element. While others have chosen to grow in telephoto capabilities, astrophotography mode or more cameras to cover more options, LG has chosen to be pragmatic and offer a fulfilling option. This does not disappoint, but not stand out.
In conclusion it is a terminal that assures you a good experience, decent photographs, a battery for the whole day and the incentive of Air Motion, maybe a somewhat flat offer to stand out, but if this is enough for you, the LG G8s ThinQ can Be your terminal. Especially advisable if you take advantage of the offers offered by the terminal for prices starting at 400, much less than the 699 that looks officially.
LG G8s ThinQ
8.0 / 10
- Gesture control
- Three biometric unlock modes
- Good performance
- Design too continuous
- Loading times
- A ridiculously high ignition button
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