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4 reasons to buy LG G8 or not to buy LG G8


The LG G8 ThinQ arrives with excellent specifications and interesting news, but is it worth buying? Here we tell you why and why not.

Angela Lang / CNET

The cell phoneLG G8 ThinQ is a complete cell phone and with exceptional technologies that, even though they have not been able to prove their current benefits, give us a sample of what we could see in the future in all phones.

This LG cell phone has been ignored by many since before it was available and it is to be understood taking into account that the company's last generations of phones have been overshadowed mainly by Samsung, Huawei and Apple cell phones. In addition, LG has confused many consumers by releasing versions of their flagship phones with important differences in features (as happened with the LG G6).

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That said, the LG G8 ThinQ is an interesting phone that is worth considering, especially if you plan to buy it unlocked (in places like Best Buy, B&H, etc.) or on T-Mobile because it has a much more attractive price.

We collect here the main reasons to buy the LG G8 ThinQ or not to buy it.

Reasons to buy the LG G8


The LG G8 ThinQ is one of the most complete cell phones on the market and as you can buy it for US $ 619 in T-Mobile, US $ 649 in Best Buy or US $ 699 in B&H, it is one of the best cell phones you can buy today at that price.

Its main competitor is the Galaxy S10E, which is Samsung's smallest high-end cell phone, but although they share many of its features and functions, it is generally priced at US $ 749.

Sound quality with wired headphones

LG continues to differentiate itself from the competition by offering a high-fidelity amplifier that allows the sound quality through wired headphones to be superior to what most of its competitors offer.

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Effective 3D facial recognition

The reality is that all kinds of Android phones in the entire price range have facial recognition; The bad thing, however, is that the vast majority is 2D which is not very safe since in low light conditions it has difficulties to function properly.

The LG G8 ThinQ with its Z Camera and other sensors allow the phone to offer 3D facial recognition, which is very fast, safer and does not even require swiping to start using the phone.


As I mentioned, the LG G8 is one of the most complete cell phones on the market because it not only has the same Snapdragon 855 processor of the Galaxy S10 (at least in the United States), but it has 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, slot for microSD card, IP68 water resistance, traditional headphone jack, can be charged wirelessly and has an OLED screen that reproduces vibrant colors and good detail.

Reasons not to buy the LG G8

Galaxy S10E

It may be that sometimes the Galaxy S10E is a bit more expensive, but it integrates many of the same developments (traditional headphone jack, microSD slot, IP68 water resistance, wireless charging support and AMOLED display) and has reversible wireless charging, its Interface is a bit more refined and its screen with holes is a bit more modern. In addition, it can be purchased with more storage and more RAM.

Little differentiation

The main differences of the LG G8 ThinQ with the other brands are: the best sound quality through headphones, the Z Cam camera that brings 3D facial recognition and offers gestures in the air to control the cell phone, and the possibility of recording video with blurred background.

Although the first two are features that allow you to differentiate a little because for example there are other cell phones with 3D facial recognition, the gestures in the air to control the cell phone and the recording of portrait video leave much to be desired because they are not very useful and / or they don't work very well.

The gestures in the air are too limited and take longer than simply touching the screen or using a voice command, while the video recording with blurred background is easily lost because it costs you work to detect the main subject.

Its price varies too much from presale

Since the presale, the LG G8 has a better price that was initially announced, since it has been able to buy from US $ 619 instead of US $ 820.

However, in Verizon it costs US $ 840 and in AT&T it costs US $ 820, which makes the cell phone price more than normal depending on where you buy it, especially since its arrival on the market.

This makes it frustrating to buy an LG G8 depending on where you buy it, and you may regret it easier than if it weren't.

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There are three LG G8 with important differences (depending on the market)

To generate more frustration, LG not only launched a G8, but there are actually three versions. Two that carry exactly the same name LG G8 and another called LG G8s.

Although it seems not to be so serious at first glance, but in reality there are big different between these three devices and not all are sold anywhere in the world.

For example, the one sold in more places (LG G8) has two rear cameras, while there is a version of the G8 that is mainly sold in South Korea and another LG G8s, which is sold only in some markets, which have three rear cameras

In addition, the G8s has a larger screen (6.2 vs. 6.1 inches), has 64GB of initial storage instead of 128GB, has a larger battery (3,550mAh vs. 3,500mAh) and its screen has lower resolution (Full HD + vs .QHD +).

As if that were not enough, the company also presented at the same time the LG G8 at LG V50, a cell phone with 5G and other improvements.


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LG G8 ThinQ

The LG G8 ThinQ is an excellent cell phone that can stay behind cell phones like the Galaxy S10, but since it can be bought for less than US $ 650, it is a cell phone that you should not ignore.

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