Alongside the LG V50 ThinQ, LG today introduced another flagship Android phone: the LG G8 ThinQ.
Like the LG V50 ThinQ, the LG G8 ThinQ has a couple special features to help it stand out. The first is a Z Camera that uses Time-of-Flight technology to enable Hand ID. With Hand ID, the Z Camera identifies the shape, thickness, and individual characteristics of the veins in your palm, letting you unlock the G8 ThinQ just by placing your palm in front of the front camera for a second. The G8 ThinQ also has face unlock and a rear fingerprint reader if you prefer those unlock methods.
The Z Camera also enables the G8 ThinQ's Air Motion feature. With it, you can perform various actions by waiving your hand or pinching the air in front of the screen. This means you can do things like answer and end calls, take screenshots, switch between apps, or adjust the volume without actually touching the phone.
Another notable feature of the LG G8 ThinQ is its Crystal Sound OLED. This is an audio feature that uses the phone's screen as a speaker diaphragm, eliminating the need for a front speaker. LG has also included a Boombox Speaker that's capable of stereo output, as well as a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC for improved audio when you plug in headphones. And yes, this means that the LG G8 ThinQ includes a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is something that not all flagship smartphones can boast.
The LG G8 ThinQ's spec list includes many of the features that you'd expect from a flagship Android phone in early 2019. Snapdragon 855? Check. Android 9.0 Pie? Check. Multi-rear camera setup? Check. There will actually be two versions of the G8 ThinQ: one with a dual rear camera setup that includes a 16MP wide angle camera with a 107-degree field of view and a 12MP standard snapper, and one with a triple rear camera setup that adds a 12MP telephoto lens.
Rounding out the LG G8 ThinQ's spec list is a 6.1-inch 3120x1440 OLED screen, 8MP front camera, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and a 3500mAh battery. The phone is IP68 water and dust resistant and also meets the MIL-STD 810G standard for added durability.
The LG G8 ThinQ will launch at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon in the U.S., but there's no word yet on pricing or availability for any of the carriers.
With the G8 ThinQ, LG appears to have made some modest upgrades to last year's G7 ThinQ, like a Snapdragon 855 processor, while adding the Z Camera and Crystal Sound OLED features to try and help it stand out. We'll have to wait until we get the G8 ThinQ in-hand before we can say how well those added features work, though.
LG today also announced the LG G8s ThinQ, which appears to be a more affordable version of the standard G8. The G8s ThinQ includes many of the same specs as the standard G8, including the Snapdragon 855 processor and Z Camera, but it's got a 6.2-inch 2248x1080 display that doesn't appear to have the same Crystal Sound OLED feature as the G8. It's also got a triple rear camera setup with 13MP wide angle, 12MP standard, and 12MP telephoto sensors. Interestingly, the spec list makes no mention of a microSD card slot.