Again, LG gathers up the launch. Instead of announcing the latest G series entry later this year, LG G8 ThinQ was launched at Mobile World Congress in 2019, just after Samsung's Galaxy S10 event. And instead of trying to match what other OEM users are doing, LG is again trying to be different.
LG needs a victory this year. Despite its overall success, the mobile department has struggled to make profits for several years. And this fight can be seen in the latest phone, LG G8 ThinQ. Because foldable phones and over 90% screen to body condition are expensive, they ignored them. Instead, they focused on being unique by implementing features that you probably won't find on any other phone this year. But the problem is that you probably won't find them convincing.
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LG G8 ThinQ provides several new technologies to the series, including a Crystal Sound OLED panel that turns the screen into a speaker and a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor that allows gesture controls but points to screen, 3D face scan for Face ID-like biometric authentication and a new biometric authentication method, Vein ID.
LG G8 ThinQ was announced on February 24, 2019 during the Mobile World Congress. It was announced along with the LG V50 ThinQ. Pre-orders and official release dates have not yet been published.
- Release Date: Spring 2019
- Pre-Order Date: Spring 2019
- Announced: February 24, 2019
G8 ThinQ comes only in a storage option, 128 GB. This can be combined with a microSD card for additional storage of up to 2TB in theory, but the largest available microSD card is currently 1TB.
- Storage available: 128 GB
- Expandable storage space: yes, up to 2 TB microSD
Price for everything
No official pricing has been announced for G8 ThinQ. We know that G7 ThinQ came in last year at $ 750, so we expect at least a price increase of at least SEK 50. But with the new ToF sensor and Crystal Sound Display, we are waiting for LG to price this phone around $ 850-900. We will update this article as we learn more.
G8 ThinQ has a glass cover that is protected by the latest from Corning, Gorilla Glass 6. With this glass, your G8 will be able to survive 1 meter (3.28 feet) drops on rough surfaces fifteen times in a row before breaking. This is twice better than Gorilla Glass 5 covering the front of the phone. G8 ThinQ comes in three colors: Carmine Red, Aurora Black and Platinum Gray.
- Frame: anodized aluminum, Gorilla Glass 5 (front), Gorilla Glass 6 (back)
- Finish: Carmine red, Aurora Black, Plate gray
G8 ThinQ is almost identical to the dimensions of the G7 ThinQ, with only minimal differences in height weight, and depth. It also means that the same narrower screen still exists, a look that not everyone likes. As with its predecessor, LG has included IP68 protection and MIL-STD 810G certification. The latter is a certification created by the military for units that can survive the most treacherous surroundings. Height: 5.98 inch
] Dust / water resistance: IP68 and MIL-STD 810G
LG G8 ThinQ will run the latest version of Android, 9.0 Piece. Android Pie gives over 40 changes to the platform, including several that are specifically about improving privacy.
While we are not sure of the skin version number, we know that the LG G8 ThinQ will operate the LG UX skin. While it's not the easiest of skins, it's not as heavy as other OEM users like Huawei and Samsung. LG offers some exclusive enhancements, such as access to a group of apps anywhere and the ability to control the Hi-Fi DAC.
G8 ThinQ will use an OLED panel for the first time in the G series. This is a 6.1-inch screen with QHD + resolution. The same notch from last year's G7 ThinQ gives a return (for better or worse), and the screen supports HDR 10.
But what is different from this phone is the new technology LG developed called Crystal Sound. With this panel, the OLED panel functions as a membrane that vibrates the entire surface of the screen to produce sound. With this feature, LG has improved the water and dust resistance, as it removed the ear speaker and replaced it with the sound producing display.
- Screen size: 6.1 inch
- Screen resolution: 3120 x 1440 pixels
- Total pixels: Unknown
- Pixel density: 538 ppi
- Screen type: 538 ppi
- Screen type: POLED
- Notch: yes
- Body Ratio Screen: 83.5% Percent
- Aspect Ratio: 19.5: 9
- Minimum Brightness: Unknown
- Maximum brightness: 600 nits
- Update speed: 60 Hz (60 Hz for touch detection)
- Color temp: Unknown
- Color image: Unknown
Like storage, there is only one RAM option for G8 ThinQ, 6GB. While this is not as "sexy" as the Samsung Galaxy S10 + and its 12 GB RAM, it is more than enough for Android, so you can use all the apps on the Play Store without any significant slowdowns. And just like any other non-Huawei flagship phone in the United States, it runs most recently from Qualcomm, Snapdragon 855. This is Qualcomm's first 7nm SoC and is about 40% faster than its predecessor.
- Memory 6 GB RAM
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- Chip size: 7 nanometers
- CPU frequency: 2.84 GHz + Gold + +42 GHz + 1.8 GHz (Silver)
- CPU cores: 8 (4 Gold + 4 Silver)
- GPU: Adreno 640
- GPU cores: Unknown
Battery  The battery capacity has been increased by 500 mAh to 3,500 mAh. This should provide a noticeable improvement over the predecessor when all upgrades are considered. With a screen that has a lower maximum brightness, a more energy-efficient SoC and Android Pie Adaptive Battery function, G7 ThinQ user, should see at least one hour or so of screen time when similar tasks are performed on both phones.  Battery: rechargeable lithium ion
Capacity: 3,500 mAh, 3.87 volt (13.5 watt hours)
Wired charge: Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
Wireless charging: yes, Qi charge
On the front, LG has a single 8 MP lens. But next to that is what LG calls the "Z Camera". This "camera" is a ToF sensor that enables many of LG's new features, starting with a secure face lock.
It also enables a new biometric authentication, Vein ID, where you unlock your phone with your palm.
But the feature that LG really drives is Air Motion, a set of gestures that lets you control your phone without touching the screen. So far, it seems more grim than practical because it hardly works, but when it does, the old problem with how to use the phone when you have food, water or other gunk on your hands is solved.
- Resolution: 8 MP
- Aperture: ƒ / 1.7
- Pixel size: 1.22 μm
- Zoom: no
- Flash: no
- Image stabilization: no
- RAW support: no
- Object detection: Unknown
- Format: Unknown
G8 ThinQ has a dual camera variant and a triple camera variant, depending on your market. They did not specify which markets will receive which unit, so for it to get through, we listed both models. Both variants use the same primary and secondary camera. The triple camera variant features a telephoto lens for 2x optical zoom.
- Resolution: 12 MP + 16 MP (double camera) + 12 MP (triple camera variant)
- Pixel size: ] 1.4 μm + 1.0 μm + 1.0 μm
- Aperture: ƒ / 1.5 + ƒ / 1.9 + ƒ / 2.4
- Zoom: no (for double), yes (for triple) 2x optical  Yes, LED
- Yes, LED
- Image stabilization: Yes, both 12 MP linen
- RAW support: yes
- Lens protection: Sapphire crystal
- Object Detection: Unknown
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