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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.

At this time, 3D facial unlocking is probably the most practical and efficient function of the cell phone, but maybe this can change if the company releases updates that extend the operation of the gestures in the air, to allow more control of cell phone functions and Natural way.

Rear cameras: video with blurred background (bokeh) and ms

The LG G8 ThinQ integrates the same two cameras of 12 and 16 megapixels of its predecessors with artificial intelligence like those of the G7, but now the company promises some improvements.

The most important novelty is the video recording in portrait mode (with blurred background or effect bokeh).

Qualcomm announced that this will be one of the novelties that the new Snapdragon 855 processor will bring. Samsung did not take much advantage of this function in theGalaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus and the other S10 (probably because they also use the Exynos 9820 processor). LG is the first manufacturer to launch a phone of this generation that offers this function.

Although I am really thrilling with its possibilities, this function needs refinement because if there is a lot of movement it is easily lost and the camera does not know what to apply the blur. The interesting thing is that LG says that this function is optimized precisely for faces, but not even with faces it achieved better results.

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The LG G8 ThinQ outdoors captures excellent detail and vibrant colors.

Juan Garzon / CNET

The LG G8 ThinQ manages to take excellent photos in all kinds of situations, except in low light.

While during the day the phone achieves vibrant colors and in great detail, when the light is very limited, the LG G8 does not achieve the detail or clarity offered by the Galaxy S10 with its artificial intelligence. In addition, as it does not have a night mode like the Pixel 3 XL or the Huawei P30 Pro, the LG G8 ThinQ also stays behind those cell phones.

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A photo with the front camera using the light effects.

Juan Garzon / CNET

As for the photos with blurred background, I still believe that the Pixel 3 XL offers better results, because it better detects the edges of the subjects and depending on the distance, lighting or conditions of the scene. Anyway, it seemed to me that the LG G8 cell phone offers better results in this regard than its predecessor, the LG G7.

The main camera is also now better, as it offers more detail than before and more precise when taking photos with blurred backgrounds.

An I do not consider that they are the best photos you can take with a front camera, or with the rear cameras, but they are very accommodating.

You can see more photos taken with the cell phone in the gallery below.

Performance: As good as you would expect

The LG G8 ThinQ has the same Snapdragon 855 processor that we see in the Galaxy S10 in the United States and the majority of Android flagship phones today.

With this in mind, the LG G8 ThinQ cell phone does not disappoint, despite the fact that this processor is accompanied by 6GB of RAM and not 8GB or more like other phones.

In general use, the cell phone is fluid and opens apps fluently. I still think that LG could reduce the animations a bit to make it faster, but they are minor details. Even playing different video games the LG G8 offers a great experience.

In our performance tests, the LG G8 ThinQ cell phone did not disappoint and proved to be very close to the Galaxy S10.

Test of performance:

Galaxy S10E (Snapdragon 855)

Galaxy S10 (Snapdragon 855)

Legend:

Geekbench 4: Single-core (one core)

Geekbench 4: Multi-core (multiple cores)

3DMark Ice Storm (unlimited)

Note:

Longer bars represent better performance

Battery life: Good

The LG G8 ThinQ cell phone has a 3,500mAh battery that manages to last a whole working day without many problems, but is inferior to what the Galaxy S10 Plus offers.

In our battery life tests, the LG G8 ThinQ performs better than its predecessor and achieved a good result. In our continuous video playback test the G8 lasted 16 hours and 34 minutes. In comparison, the LG G7 ThinQ achieved 12 hours and 27 minutes. However, the Galaxy S10 Plus lasted 21 hours and 30 minutes in the same test. The Galaxy S10E achieved 17 hours, which is very similar to what this LG phone offers and very similar to the 17 hours and 10 minutes of the OnePlus 6T that offers reliable durability.

Battery life:

Mobile

LG G8 ThinQ

Galaxy S10 Plus

Galaxy S10E

Galaxy S10

Pixel 3 XL

Huawei P30 Pro

OnePlus 6T

iPhone XR

iPhone XS

iPhone XS Max

LG G7

Battery

Duration in test (hours: minutes)

3,500mAh

16:34

4,100mAh

21:30

3,100mAh

17:26

3,400mAh

15:43

3,430mAh

16:39

4,200mAh

20:20

3,700mAh

17:10

2,942mAh

18:51

2,658mAh

13:30

3,716mAh

17:32

3,000mAh

12:27

Design: Refined … and very slippery

In terms of design, the LG G8 ThinQ looks a lot like the LG G7 ThinQ, but it does not mean that it is exactly the same design.

The LG G8 ThinQ maintains the 6.1-inch screen with eyebrow, a metal frame, glass panel on the front and back and a microSD card slot. It has the IP68 water resistance certification; It can be charged wirelessly and has a traditional input for headphones (3.5mm).

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