The LG G8 ThinQ (and to some extent the LG V50 ThinQ 5G) was no big surprise today. That's because LG, as was the case with headlining devices, was strategically ahead of its press conference this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. However, this does not mean that one of the two devices is underdeveloped – quite the contrary. The new flagships of the G-series and the V-series of LG are equipped with first-class furnishings that can keep up with the competition.
LG G8 ThinQ
The G8 ThinQ is similar to the G7 ThinQ's glossy exterior-to-deep surface, which shines like a freshly waxed car. It is 151.9 millimeters wide, 71.8 millimeters wide and 8.4 millimeters thick ̵
It also owns the Crystal Sound called by LG: tiny actuators that make the surface vibrate the glass to produce audio. Combined with a boombox speaker with the lowest shot – a carryover of the G7 that uses the space between the rear cover and the speaker to "increase the base noise level" – LG claims that the G8 stereo audio comes with " improved clarity "can deliver traditional speakers.
That's not all that's remarkable about the Audiofront. As with the G7, the G8 includes a Hi-Fi Quad Digital to Audio Converter (DAC) that uses an amplifier and proprietary algorithms to enhance the sound quality of videos, songs, and podcasts by expanding the dynamic range and enhancing the sound quality G7 is amplified bass. It also supports DTS: X 3D surround sound technology from DTS, which emulates a 7.1-channel system with or without headphones. Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) for high quality, lossy audio compression of supported apps like Tidal and Deezer; Qualcomm's AptX and AptX HD technology for low-latency streaming via Bluetooth.
Cameras and Flight Time
It's getting harder every month to find premium phones with less than three camera sensors and the G8 ThinQ. Its primary 16-megapixel wide-angle sensor (with aperture 1: 1, sensor size 1 micron and 107-degree field of view) adds a 12-megapixel sensor (aperture 1.5) aperture, 1.4-micron sensor size and 78-degree field of view) in a reversing camera, which is more or less identical to that of the G7. LG's AI Cam feature returns – it suggests filters and settings based on environmental conditions. Premiere is Video Mode, a capture mode that uses the depth and distance analysis technology of the G8's dual FOV to fine-tune bokeh (the effect that blurs the background while keeping the foreground in focus) and Night View. Combine up to 10 images into one image to reduce noise.
On the front of the G8 is an 8-megapixel camera (1: 1 aperture, 1.22-micron sensor size, 80-degree field of view), which LG says can set the distance between objects in millimeters (up to to 256 levels) and autofocus is faster than the previous generation. Apart from that, something is truly unusual : LG's infrared time-of-flight (ToF) sensor calling Z-camera.
For unknowns, time-of-flight cameras are remote camera imaging systems that calculate the distance based on the distance of light velocity, measuring time, the photons need to get between the sensor and an object. Microsoft's Project Kinect for Azure uses runtime sensors to track the movement, as does Anki's Robot Vector.
LG uses the Hand ID feature on the G8. Yes, you read that right – it's like Apple's Face ID, but more for palms than foreheads. It reflects the IR laser from the hemoglobin in the veins in the hand and uses this information to create a vein map that is unique to you. In a demo with press representatives leading up to today's launch event, an LG employee demonstrated the hand-scan process, where a ToF sensor records the shape, thickness, and other features of a hand for biometric authentication. Just hold your hand relatively close to the sensor – but not too close – the authentication, which lasts on average less than a second, according to LG, begins.
That sounds easy on paper and could theoretically be superior to facial recognition. Unlike a typical camera sensor, the Z-camera of the G8 can display objects in three dimensions and is not affected by changes in the ambient light. But in the short time we tested Hand ID, it seemed to be thrown off too easily by too fast movements – it took several tries for the G8 to recognize our scanned hand.
In contrast, Z Camera's other Spotlight feature – Air Motion – appeared to be a series of gestures that allow you to answer and end calls, show screenshots, and switch apps well working. Our favorite was the abbreviation for the volume adjustment: If audio is played, if you hold your palm in front of the Z-camera and at the same time perform a pinch movement with the fingers, a volume control will be displayed on the screen. Turning the wrist to the right increases the volume, turning it to the left decreases the volume.
Power, Battery, and Connectivity
G8 components are powered by the same system-on-chip (SoC) in the Samsung Galaxy S10 series: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855.
The 7-nanometer eight-chip chip Overall, cores are up to 45 percent faster than the silicon of the G7 (Snapdragon 845), thanks to a 64-bit arm cortex design based on Qualcomm's In Kryo 485 processor. Four cores handle the heavy lifting – a primary core clocked at 2.84GHz and three power cores at 2.42GHz – while four 1.8GHz efficiency cores handle less demanding tasks. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 855's graphics chip – the Adreno 640 – is 20 percent faster than the Snapdragon 845's Adreno 630 and supports HDR (along with APIs like Vulkan 1.1) and custom algorithms that reduce the number of locked frames by over 90 percent can.
LG has combined the SoC with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of memory, the latter of which is expandable up to 2TB via microSD. The company has managed to use a 3,500 mAh battery that exceeds the G7's 3,000 mAh. This battery can charge up to 50 percent in 15 minutes thanks to Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 Quick Charge Technology. The interior is rounded off by a wireless chip with support for FM radio, 802.11a / b / g / n / ac WLAN, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC. a USB Type C connector (compatible with USB 3.1); and a capacitive fingerprint sensor (under the rear cameras).
Like the V40 and G7, the G8 also has a dedicated key that launches the Google Assistant, Google's equivalent Smart Voice Assistant, from anywhere. (Alternatively, the G8's far-field microphones can also remotely record voice commands in their general direction.) LG worked with Google on custom commands for ThinQ devices such as the G8, such as "Ok Google, take a picture from a wide angle" "OK, google, open camera on cine video.
The LG G8 ThinQ ships with Android 9.0 Pie in three colors – red, black and gray – "in the coming weeks." Pricing to be announced
LG G8s ThinQ
Another variation The ThinQ G8 – the LG G8s ThinQ – will be available in selected international markets – there's not a word on the price point like the G8, but LG announced key specifications at today's press conference.
The G8 will become one 6.2 inch (18.7: 9) OLEDs with 2248 by 1080 pixels have resolution and a Snapdragon 855 system-on-chip with 6 GB of RAM, a 3.550 mAh battery and 64 GB or 128 GB of memory. It has a triple-back camera with a 13-megapixel wide-angle sensor and two 12-megapixel sensors – a standard and the other telephoto lens – as well as an 8-megapixel front camera and a ToF sensor.
V50 ThinQ 5G  LG was not happy with it Reveal flagship phone. The successor of the V40 was unveiled by LG for the second time: the V50 ThinQ 5G. It's the first 5G phone in the company's utility, and when it comes out in black over the next few months, Sprint and another unannounced carrier are being typed for use in the US.
The V50 is about the same size as the V40 at 159.2 millimeters x 76.1 millimeters x 8.3 millimeters (compared to 158.8 millimeters x 75.7 millimeters x 7.6 millimeters) and about the same Weight at 183 grams (versus 169 grams). The device is as robust as IP68 dust and water resistance and meets the requirements of MIL-STD-810G. The display is no different either – it is a HDR10-compatible 6.4-inch OLED panel with an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9 and a format of 3120 to 1440 resolution (564 pixels per inch).
Three sensors fill the rear camera module of the LG V50: a 16 megapixel wide sensor (1: 1 aperture, 1 micron pixel size, 107 degree field of view), a 12- Megapixel standard sensor (1: 1.5 aperture, 1.4-micron pixel size, 78-degree field of view) and a 12-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens (1: 2 aperture, 1-micron pixel size, 90-degree field of view). On the front there is an array of two cameras consisting of an 8 megapixel standard sensor (aperture 1.9 / 1, pixel size 1.12 microns, 80 degree field of view) and a 5-megapixel wide-angle sensor (aperture 2, 2) consists of 1 micron pixel size, 90 degree field of view.
The V50 has the same video portrait function as the G8 and inherits the AI camera of the V40 and the G7. Other common features include the Hi-Fi Quad DAC, stereo Boombox speakers, support for DTS: X and AptX, far-field microphones, a rear capacitive fingerprint sensor, FM radio, 802.11a / b / g / n / AC Wi -Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility, NFC, one-tap access to the Google Assistant and a USB Type-C port.
Aside from the similarities, the V50 is not a perfect copy of the V40. First, the Quick Charge 3.0-compatible battery was upgraded from 3,300 mAh to 4,000 mAh (presumably to keep the power guzzling 5G radios free), and the processor was replaced with a Snapdragon 855 (cooled with a new heat dissipation) steam chamber system) and paired with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of memory (expandable up to 2 TB via microSD). 5G connectivity is enabled by the Snapdragon X50 5G modem and Qualcomm's antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.
Then there's Dual Screen, a slightly bizarre accessory for the V50, which features the front cover with an inward-looking secondary 6.2-inch 2160 x 1080 OLED panel Expanded pixels. It snaps into place via a power pogo pin, and when attached (either 104 degrees or 180 degrees), a symbol appears on the V50's primary display, turning it on and dividing each screen into halves. According to LG, a short range, high bandwidth proprietary Wi-Fi chipset is used to transfer data between the V50 and the additional panel.
LG says Dual Screen is not available in the US – and only in certain global markets. As with the G8, we are still waiting for price information from LG. We will update this post as soon as we have it.