LG's G8 ThinQ is official, following an unveiling at MWC 2019 in Barcelona on 24 February. Much of its features came as no surprise, though, as the company had already confirmed it would feature a 'time-of-flight' front-facing camera and sound on display.
Here, we bring you everything we know about the LG G8 ThinQ including its new specs and features, but we've also managed to get our hands on the phone at MWC itself to bring you an LG G8 ThinQ hands-on review.
LG also used MWC to release a second new phone - the LG V50 ThinQ with 5G.
When is the LG G8 ThinQ release date?
The LG G8 ThinQ was unveiled on 24 February, but at time of writing it hasn't announced a release date for the new phone. It's likely it'll be available to buy within a month or two, with April 2019 looking the most likely.
The LG G7 ThinQ didn't launch until May 2018, so this is a bit sooner than we expected.
How much does LG G8 ThinQ cost?
As with the release date, there's currently no price for the LG G8 ThinQ.
We suspect pricing will be roughly in line with the outgoing flagship, but potentially a little higher if there is indeed a second screen: expect the G8 to cost in the region of £600-£700.
This educated guess is bolstered by a Reddit post from a Canadian retail employee who spotted the LG G8 ThinQ in their system for $1,199, which is around £700 at the time of writing. £700 is pretty competitive considering the market and the best phones out there.
What are the new features of the LG G8 ThinQ?
Rumours suggested that the LG G8 could be a foldable phone similar to those launched by Samsung and Huawei, but it is just another notch-screen full-display phone, lacking an in-display fingerprint sensor and reduced 'waterdrop'-style notch.
Instead, LG has introduced a Z Camera with advanced palm vein authentication dubbed Hand ID - the first of its kind in a smartphone. It's designed to be more secure than a fingerprint sensor, identifying owners by recognising their hand when it's placed in front of the front-facing camera.
The Z Camera, which is LG's name for a time-of-flight (ToF) camera that is used for depth detection, can also be used for new 'touchless' controls. You can control the device using hand gestures including pinching, twisting or swiping in front of the camera.
It also has a Crystal Sound OLED, which is the fancy new term for tech that in essence pumps out audio through a phone's display. The entire display vibrates in use, and is aided by the bottom-facing speaker for bass.
LG promises impressive audio with a combination of DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, which emulates a 7.1-channel system, Hi-Fi Quad DAC, MQA support and a Boombox Speaker, which uses the internal space of the phone as a resonance chamber - tech it first introduced on the G7 ThinQ.
In common with other 2019 flagships, the G8 carries the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, which is the successor to the Snapdragon 845 seen in the G7.
This chip is significantly faster than the 845, and it also supports 5G connectivity. However, the G8 doesn't itself support 5G connectivity, since this will add to the overall cost. LG announced a different smartphone alongside the G8 as its first 5G phone - the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, which you can read about in our hands-on review here.
LG G8 ThinQ Specs
- Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform
- Display: 6.1-inch 19.5:9 QHD+ OLED FullVision (3120 x 1440 / 564ppi)
- Memory: 6GB RAM / 128GB / microSD (up to 2TB)
- Camera: Rear 16MP Super Wide (F1.9 / 1.0μm / 107˚)
- 12MP Standard (F1.5 / 1.4μm / 78˚)
- 12MP Telephoto (F2.4 / 1.0μm / 45˚)
- Front 8MP Standard (F1.7 / 1.22μm / 80˚ with AF)
- Z Camera (ToF Technology)
- Battery: 3500mAh
- Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie
- Size: 151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4mm
- Weight: 167g
- Network: 3G / 4G LTE-A
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5 / NFC /
- USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Compatible)
- Biometrics: Hand ID / Face Unlock / Fingerprint Sensor
- Colors: Carmine Red / New Aurora Black / New Moroccan Blue
- Other: Air Motion / Boombox Speaker + Crystal Sound OLED Stereo Speaker / AI CAM / Google Lens / Google Assistant / Super Far Field Voice Recognition / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / DTS:X 3D Surround Sound / IP68 Water and Dust Resistance / HDR10 / Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 Technology / MIL-STD 810G Compliance / FM Radio
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