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LG G8: Features. LG G8: Price, specifications and review

The G G8 ThinQ cell phone has impressive technology and an admirable engineer, but this is enough to generate the interest that the brand requires to gain new users or to compete with cell phones such as Galaxy S10 Plusor the Huawei P30 Pro?

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The LG G8 ThinQ brings the Z Camera that allows you to control some functions with different gestures.

Juan Garzon / CNET

It is a very difficult question to answer and in general I do not consider that it manages to attract as many new users as the company needs, but it is certainly a cell phone that must be taken into account, especially because it can already be bought for up to US $ 100 less than what it costs the Galaxy S10E, so it is one of the cheapest flagship phones you can buy in 2019 and without many sacrifices.

LG G8: Features and specifications

  • screen: 6.1 inches (OLED)
  • Resolution: 3,120×1,440 pixels
  • Processor: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Rear cameras:12 megapixels with aperture of f / 1.6 and wide angle of 16 megapixels with aperture of f / 1.9
  • Front camera:8 megapixels + Z Camera (ToF + infrared illuminator)
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Size: 151.9×71.8×8.4mm
  • Weight: 167 grams

LG G8: Price and availability

LG said the LG G8 ThinQ cell phone will be available on April 11 in the United States and that it can be purchased at an initial price of US $ 819.99.

However, during its presale and B&H they have sold it for US $ 699, while Best Buy has sold it unlocked for only US $ 649 and T-Mobile for only US $ 619.

The price of the LG G8 ThinQ at AT&T has been US $ 829 and Sprint and Verizon US $ 840.

LG G8 and LG G8s: Two cameras and three cameras

The LG G8 ThinQ lost a bit of attraction at launch because it was announced just at the same time as the LG V50 ThinQ. As if that were not enough, the company confused us more by launching three versions of the G8: LG G8 ThinQ, G8 ThinQ (mainly sold in South Korea) and the LG G8s ThinQ.

Although these first impressions are based mainly on the model that will be sold in the United States and Europe, the version of the G8 that is mainly sold in South Korea integrates three rear cameras (aade telephoto), while the G8s that are sold in ms markets (for now not in the United States) has 64GB of initial storage, a 6.2-inch Full HD + screen instead of 6.2-inch QHD +, it also has triple rear camera and 3,500mAh battery.

In this analysis we use the unit sold in more markets, the LG G8 Thinq cell phone, which has two rear cameras.

Comparison: LG G8 vs. LG G8 (mainly in South Korea) vs. LG G8s

screen

Resolution

Pixel density

OS

Processor

Storage

Storage expansion

Rear camera

Slow motion recording

Front camera

RAM

Battery

Removable battery

Connectivity

NFC

Waterproof

Fingerprint reader

Iris reader

Face recognition

Wireless charging

Important characteristics

Size

Weight

LG G8 ThinQ

LG G8 ThinQ (mainly South Korea)

LG G8s ThinQ

6.1 inches (OLED)

6.1 inches (OLED)

6.2 inches (OLED)

3,120×1,440 pixels

3,120×1,440 pixels

2,248×1,080 pixels

564ppp

564ppp

401ppp

Android Pie

Android Pie

Android Pie

Snapdragon 855 (8 cores)

Snapdragon 855 (8 cores)

Snapdragon 855 (8 cores)

128GB

128GB

64GB and 128GB

S

S

S

Double: 12 megapixels with aperture of f / 1.5 and 16 megapixels wide angle with aperture of f / 1.9.

Triple: 12 megapixels with aperture of f / 1.5 + 16 megapixels wide angle with aperture of f / 1.9 + 12 megapixels telephoto with aperture of f / 2.4

Triple: 12 megapixels + 16 megapixels wide angle + 12 megapixels telephoto

120fps in HD, 60fps in Full HD, 30fps in 4K

120fps in HD, 60fps in Full HD, 30fps in 4K

120fps in HD, 60fps in Full HD, 30fps in 4K

8 megapixels (f / 1.7) and Z camera (ToF)

8 megapixels (f / 1.7) and Z camera (ToF)

8 megapixels (f / 1.7) and Z camera (ToF)

6GB

6GB

6GB

3,500mAh

3,500mAh

3,550mAh

No

No

No

4G LTE, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4, 5GHz)

4G LTE, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4, 5GHz)

4G LTE, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4, 5GHz)

S

S

S

S

S

S

S (rear)

S (rear)

S (rear)

No

No

No

S, 3D

S, 3D

S, 3D

S

S

S

Z Camera allows gestures to control the cell phone and even scans the veins of your hands as a security method to unlock your cell phone. In addition, the screen almost without bevels with eyebrow also works as a horn, it has Quad Dac to offer high fidelity sound through headphones (it has traditional headphone jack), wide angle camera, water resistance, microSD card slot, compatible with wireless charging

Z Camera allows gestures to control the cell phone and even scans the veins of your hands as a security method to unlock your cell phone. In addition, the screen almost without bevels with eyebrow also works as a horn, it has Quad Dac to offer high fidelity sound through headphones (it has traditional headphone jack), wide angle camera, water resistance, microSD card slot, compatible with Wireless charging and three rear cameras.

Z Camera allows gestures to control the cell phone and even scans the veins of your hands as a security method to unlock your cell phone. In addition, it has stereo speakers, wide angle camera and three rear cameras.

151.9×71.8×8.4mm

151.9×71.8×8.4mm

151.9×71.8×8.4mm

167 grams

167 grams

167 grams

Z Camera: Scan the hand veins, your face and allow you to control the cell phone with gestures in the air

The LG G8 ThinQ brings a front camera called Z Camera (accompanied by infrared transmitters and receivers) with flight time technology (ToF, in English) that manages to map everything in front of it to offer very interesting functions.

In total, the LG G8 ThinQ cell phone has in its eyebrow the 8-megapixel front camera and the Z Camera system consisting of a ToF sensor (flight time) and an infrared illuminator (Infrared Lighting).

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The back of the different colors of the LG G8 ThinQ available in the United States.

Angela Lang / CNET

Hand id

Hand id to unlock the cell phone by placing the palm of your hand in front of the camera (actually, this reads the veins of your hand).

This is one more option to unlock the phone and, it seems out of the future, in daily use discover that it does not work as well as to make it an option as practical as the fingerprint reader (which works even better than screen fingerprint readers) or your 3D facial recognition.

Gestures in the air (Air Motion)

Gestures in the air: It is a function that allows you to control the volume, play videos, take screenshots, answer or reject calls and even open apps using gestures.

These functions demonstrate that the technology of the Z Camera is fascinating, and it is useful if for example you are replicating images on a television and want to control it without touching the cell phone. But its uses are very scarce and limited at present to make it something attractive that people will use frequently.

At first, it is a bit frustrating to try to control functions through gestures. LG expects this technology to evolve and bring new features, but I'm not sure at the moment it is so revolutionary as to make it something practical.

3D facial unlock

He d3D facial lock The LG G8 ThinQ works faster and more effectively (regardless of light conditions) than the 2D facial recognition that the LG G7 had and that have phones such as the Galaxy S10.

You even have the option to avoid swiping the screen to start using it after it has recognized your face (a screen that iPhone always has activated), or unlock it completely so that it is ready to be used once it recognizes you.

True, it is very similar to what Apple has done with its iPhone X, but LG says its technology offers improvements over others because it uses infrared that manages to offer more detail and behave better in all kinds of conditions.