LG G8 ThinQ$849 (unlocked, deals below)
- Premium durable build that doesn't shatter at the slightest impact (like the Galaxy S10!)
- Optimized Internals makes the G8 one of the fastest smartphones of 2019
- 23-bit Hi-Fi Audio DAC Audio
- Hand ID is cool way to unlock the G8
- Z-Camera's Face Unlock is as good as Apple's Face ID
- Air Motion isn't really useful
LG has reached the 8th generation of their G Series flagship in the LG G8 ThinQ. An Android flagship known for “being a jack of all trades”, we take a brief look at the device to see if it has improved enough to be the best flagship of 2019 or just incremental upgrades to a smartphone series that has struggled since the innovative LG
This is the LG G8 ThinQ.
LG G8 build and performance
|Build Materials & Quality||Metal (Aluminum) Glass (Gorilla Glass 5 on
IP68 Dust and Water Resistant,
|Display||6.1″ QHD+ OLED FullVision Display
(3120 x 1440, including notch); 564 ppi
19.5:9 Aspect Ratio; 83.1% screen-to-body ratio
| Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 855 Octa-core (up to 2.84 GHz x 1 + 2.42 GHz x 3 + 1.79 GHz x 4)
3,500 mAh Non-Removable
Standard Angle Camera -12 MP
Super Wide-Angle Camera -16 MP
Front: 8 MP Standard
|Storage||Internal Memory – 128 GB
Micro-SD card slot
The Glass front and back meet the aluminum side railing seamlessly to create a slick unibody build that comes off ultra-premium. There’s no camera hump, as dual lenses sitting under the glass back and the flush fingerprint sensor gives the G8 the slickest backside of 2019. So slick in fact, that you CANNOT lay this device on any flat surface without it slowly sliding off. Make sure you get a case and screen protector ASAP, like the slim-profile
The 6.1 QHD+OLED display has a resolution of 3120×1440 which comes out to 564 pixels per inch. The P-OLED display is a first for LG’s G series which usually used LCD displays prior to the G8. The deep blacks and bright contrasts on display (pun intended), broad color gamut and bright whites certainly are an improvement over the LCD display. The quality even runs a pretty close race to Samsung, but it not quite there yet on LG’s smartphones. Why the company can’t fully utilize the talent in LG’s Flat-screen TV display division in the mobile devices they produce is beyond me.
Air Motion and Hand ID: Z Camera innovations or flashy gimmicks?
The Z Camera brings a lot of functionality to the LG G8, and it’s a commendable introduction to 1st generation tech.
LG has equipped it’s front camera array with 3D sensors that enable touchless control, security features,and enhaned selfies. The Z Camera, as LG calls it,also has a TOF sensor that sends and receives depth info for more realistic bokeh portraits. But what LG wants you be most excited about, is Air Motion and Hand ID.
Hand ID, allows adds palm reading to your biometric security options by reading the vein patterns in your hand to unlock your phone. Infra-red beams confirm the subject is alive and well hy the hemoglobin in your blood. Cool stuff indeed. Of course, all of this tech coupled with the depth sensor makes for 3D face recognition that could rival Apple’s Face ID.
Air Motion, the ability to control launch apps like the Music App and YouTube, control volume,or start and stop videos as well as answer/decline calls,snooze/dismiss alarms,etc. While it’s cool in theory and even innovative, it’s mildly executed and half-baked. IF you get the hang of it- it’s difficult to reason the scenario the feature would ever come in handy besides showing off what your smartphone can do to friends and family.
Overall, Hand ID is awesome and a great addition to the G series and the Z-Camera’s face recognition is something that actually performs like similar to Apple’s Face ID. But Air Motion feels more like a prototype that’s a work in progress than a feature ready for prime time. Maybe software updates can add to the functionality of Air Motion down the line, hopefully.
Performance and Benchmarks
One thing that the G8 has going for itself
As you can see, the G8 is at the top of the food chain in Antutu Benchmark, scoring 349383- 17000 points higher than the Galaxy S10+.
The LG G8 is a 2019 flagship in every sense of the word. It comes with wireless charging,
There are lots of worthy alternatives to the LG G8, but we’ll just focus on the ones you will most likely come across at your average U.S. carrier.
Samsung Galaxy S10 or LG G8 ThinQ – The G8 has a battle on
Apple iPhone XR or LG G8 ThinQ – The best selling iPhone of this generation is a logical option to the LG G8, if for no other reason that they are priced similarly at retail. Setting the differences between iOS and Android, the G8 has tons more features than the XR.
Google Pixel 3a XL or LG G8 ThinQ – Now that Google has entered a horse in the race that shows they are taking their market share serious and not just releasing reference devices, every manufacturer should be concerned. For $479, the Pixel 3a XL offers a Snapdragon 670, 4GB Ram, 64GB of storage, Android system and security updates straight from Google, and what’s widely considered as the best smartphone camera available today. Luckily, with everyone from T-Mobile to Verizon offering specials on the G8 for as low as $620 – LG has crammed enough features into their latest flagship to entice some new customers.