With MWC in full swing, a lot was expected from OEMs and with Huawei, Xiaomi and Samsung starting so strong it was inevitable that we would be finding LG doing something of its own as well to try to attract customers, and that it did… with the LG G8. Didn’t expect it did ya? There had barely been any leaks regarding LG’s flagship device and for good reason. It might be harsh to say this just yet, but there was nothing to get all hyped up about.

Remember this phone? Yes, it’s the Galaxy S4, but you’d be wondering why am I mentioning this device while doing a quick look of the LG G8. Well that’s because apparently, LG seems to be jumping on the bandwagon of a phone which was released almost 6 years ago!

Let’s just get the specifications out of the way to focus on the real deal:


The LG ThinQ runs Android 9.0 Pie, and sports a 6.1-inch QHD+ (1440×3120 pixels) OLED FullVision display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 564ppi pixel density. It is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, coupled with 6GB of RAM.Notably, there are two variants of the LG G8 ThinQ, with one featuring a triple rear camera setup and the other featuring a dual rear camera setup (pictured above) – and will be made available depending on the market. The triple rear camera setup consists of a 12-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.5 aperture, 1.4-micron pixels, and 78-degree lens; a 16-megapixel 107-degree super wide-angle lens with an f/1.9 aperture and a 1-micron pixel sensor, and finally, a third 12-megapixel 45-degree telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture and a 1-micron pixel sensor. On the model with a dual rear camera setup, LG has foregone the telephoto lens, with the other two cameras (super wide-angle and primary) remaining the same as the triple camera offering. On the front, the LG G8 ThinQ bears an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with an f/1.7aperture, 1.22-micron pixels, and an 80-degree lens. 


Now here’s the part where it has gone down memory lane with same fancy tech. The G8 houses a ToF (Time-of-Flight) Z camera that, combined with infrared sensors, enables Hand ID palm vein recognition. Let’s break it down. The LG G8 can recognize your palm veins and unlock your phone accordingly. It also uses that same sensor for some tricks like air gestures for volume control and changing between apps. After reading this, you might have realised why did I mention the Galaxy S4 initially. Because, all that the G8 does with some fancy hardware tech, the S4 use to do the same. And it didn’t get the recognition it hoped for. One might wonder that after such a disastrous attempt at innovating the smartphone, companies would move away from silly features like these, but unfortunately, the answer is NO. LG is hopeful that this would be a big selling point for the G8. Let’s pray that it is, because LG’s current status in the smartphone market isn’t good and it sure needs something to launch it back to where it belongs.


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