While manufacturers are trying their best to remove the use of notch in their devices by coming up with solutions like the pop-up camera and mechanical sliders, LG has decided to embrace the notch on their latest flagship lineup. The brand unveiled two of their latest flagship devices today at MWC 2019, held in Barcelona namely the LG G8 ThinQ and the LG V50 ThinQ.
The LG G8 ThinQ packs a handful of useful features which might actually turn out to be useful in real-world usage. LG offers the user three ways to unlock the smartphone. The traditional fingerprint scanner is still present on the rear. A regular 3D face-unlock like the one seen on the iPhone X is another option. Now, these two unlocking mechanisms are available in most of the smartphones.
The part where things get exciting is the third unlocking mechanism which LG calls VeinID or HandID. It works by recognizing the veins in your hands according to the infrared absorption characteristics of the hemoglobin in the blood. That sounds crazy but it is some innovation.
There are a ton of gestures available with the device, thanks to the “Z Camera” which the brand has placed in its notch which is an 8 MP sensor along with an IR sensor and vertical cavity surface emitting laser. These sensors help to improve the efficiency of the unlocking mechanisms and Air Motion gestures like volume control, shortcuts, taking screenshots, and app switching.
Coming to other specifications, the device packs a 6.1-inch QHD+ Crystal Sound OLED panel which enables to equip a hole-less receiver for calls with support for bone conduction. It also supports HDR10 as we have seen on the Samsung Galaxy S10+. It is powered by the latest Snapdragon 855 chipset coupled with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage which is further expandable up to 2 TB with micro SD card.
Audio is a part where LG does not always make compromises with. The device retains the headphone jack and has LG’s signature Hi-Fi Quad DAC, DTS:X 3D Boombox to emulate a 7.1-channel system.
In terms of camera, there will be dual rear cameras with a standard 12 MP f/1.5 sensor with OIS and the second one is a 16 MP f/1.9 wide-angle lens. It can record 4K videos at 60FPS. The front camera is an 8 MP sensor as mentioned before.
The device draws juice from a decent 3,500mAh battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. It also comes with support for fast wireless charging. The software on the LG G8 ThinQ is LG UX based on Android 9 Pie. There is a dedicated Google Assistant button on the device for triggering Assistant on the fly.
LG G8 ThinQ Specifications
- 6.1-inch QHD+ OLED display with 3120×1440 pixel resolution
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset
- 8 MP front camera with f/1.7 aperture and 80° field-of-view
- 12 MP f/1.5 sensor + 16 MP wide-angle with f/1.9 aperture dual rear cameras
- 6 GB RAM
- 128 GB internal storage
- 3,500mAh battery with QC 3.0