The LG G Series phones have been in a strange place for some time. Take for example the G7. It's a solid phone, but it's neither technical nor nice enough to keep up with Samsung's or Huawei's flagship brands. It's also a bit too expensive to really keep up with the midrange handsets such as OnePlus 6 or 6T. For the G8, LG opted for a sharp test by trying a whole new biometric safety method while trying to revive the previously abandoned gimmick.
Not coincidentally, both features are related to the G8 front cameras, which in addition to a standard 8 MP selfie camera also include a flight time "Z Cam". Normally, time-of-flight cameras capture more accurate depth information than a normal camera can capture (more on that later), but on the G8, LG also uses it to read your palm. OK, technically, it reads the blood vessels in your palm with infrared light, so you can not unlock your phone with your face or fingerprint, but by holding your hand over the G8's front cameras, even in total darkness.
It's definitely a bit silly, but it's also unique and you feel a bit of a magician, because with a simple gesture and an optional "Abra Kadabra", there's now potentially extremely safe access to the device.
However, this is not all the Z-Cam can do, as it can also use the deep-detection capabilities to track the movements of your hand, opening apps, pausing music or play music You can even adjust the volume with a few fingers. For those who remember the Galaxy S4, Samsung has tried something similar with its Air gestures. In the G8 LG calls its new interface Air Motion.
Contrary to the G8 palm detection, however, getting used to LG's Air Motions requires a bit of patience. First you need to put your palm over the sensor on Active Air Motion. Then, for some reason, you have to pull your hand back three or four inches to hit the sweet spot of the Z Cam. From there, you have to pretend your hand is taking an imaginary arc while letting your fingers dangle down to the phone.
Once you have completed these movements, you can perform your movements hand-left or right-hand to open various apps (which you can customize in the settings to your liking) Your hand to adjust the volume, or you can even skip tracks or play the next video when you list music or watch YouTube.
Just to see how others are trying to figure out how our Air Motion is its own kind of entertainment, but the real purpose of Air Motion is for situations where you want to, for example, wash the dishes and not completely stop what you do do or get lather all over the screen just to answer. Even if it seems a bit ridiculous with Air Motions, if you are open-minded, you also see the potential.
Apart from the two big new tricks of the G8, the phone itself has a wonderfully slim facade. At the back, the G8's 12 MP main camera and the 16 MP wide angle sock are fully attached to the body. Instead of equipping the G8 with a conventional speaker with hearing protection, LG did away with this feature with the new Crystal Sound OLED display, which vibrates the screen with a piezoelectric motor when you need some audio.
It's a clever trick, and when I tried it on a call, it was hard to tell the difference between a normal earphone and LG's Crystal Sound display. When you listen to music or watch a video, the Crystal Sound display is paired with the G8's floor-mounted speaker to provide stereo sound.
Elsewhere, LG has extended the G8's photo and video capabilities with a new night mode that can take up to 10 photos and then stitch them together. In addition, clips can be recorded in portrait mode The depth effects can also be set in the middle of the shooting.
And inside, the G8 will not hurt performance or longevity, given that the LG comes in a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a microSD slot, a headphone jack, and a 3,500 mAh battery that something is larger than the battery of the Galaxy S10 with 3,400 mAh.
Well, the question is now: Will all new features of the G8 be enough to defeat the Galaxy S10? At the moment I'm a bit skeptical, because both functions feel a little too clunky to really love. But damn, if they're not interesting, and even if you do not consider Palm's biometric data and motion control, the G8 still looks solid. With a little sophistication and some second-generation hardware, LG could be on its way to discovering a new identity for its mobile portfolio.