LG G8 ThinQ review with incredible but useless features

Today we will discuss the new LG G8 ThinQ, which looks pretty ordinary from the outside, but under its body

Hides incredibly fantastic features. Of course, we need to pay attention to the management of Air Motion gestures, as well as the Hand ID function, which involves recognizing its owner by scanning the palm of your hand. But we will tell about everything one after another, about all minuses and pluses.

LG G8 Review

LG G8 ThinQ can be one of the best and perfect smartphones for you, given its price and the abundance of chips inside. Plus, it has one of the most powerful processors for today, the Snapdragon 855.

The package is pretty standard. In the box you will find the phone itself, a microfiber cloth, a charger, a USB-C cable, a SIM card extraction tool and a manual.

Design

As you know, the new LG G8 looks prettyhabitually, while we can not fail to notice how cool the glossy red case looks. The design is similar to the previous generation, so at first glance you might think that in the hands of the predecessor. In addition to red, there is also an option to buy a black or gray smartphone, but they are not so impressive. The first feeling of the novelty is that it is rather slippery, like many other phones with a glass case. But its thick, flat sides provide a pleasant and comfortable grip. The back of the phone fully rests on the surface.

As in the G7 there is a special buttonGoogle Assistant, clicking on it once calls the assistant; tapping and holding allows you to interact with Google AI in Walkie Talkie mode. The button can be disabled in whole or in part, but it cannot be reassigned to do something else, for example, to open a specific application. Accidental clicks happen, but from the experience of the first users, they were rare.

Like the previous LG flagships, the G8 has protection against water and dust rated IP68. The manufacturer also left his headphone jack, as for many it remains in demand.

Protect, unlock

Owners of new items will have at least three different ways to unlock the LG G8.

  • The classic fingerprint scanner is located on the back of the case. Fast and reliable.
  • Face Unlock facial recognition feature that uses the LG G8 Time of Flight Z Camera module on the front panel. Safely, fooling with a photo will not work.
  • Hand ID - recognizes your palm, the function uses the same set of sensors to recognize you, literally scanning a unique palm pattern.

The implementation of the Face Unlock feature works well andin the sun and in the dark, growing a beard does not affect the quality of recognition. There were almost no unsuccessful attempts. Of the six pairs of sunglasses function triggered during testing with only two. You can use all three locking methods at once. I really liked how the Hand ID function works. The function was quite safe, it is difficult to get around. But you need to understand that reading the palm may not succeed if your palm is too close or far from the screen. But it is very convenient to use when the phone is on the table and you unlock it without touching.

Display

The LG G8 comes with a 6.1-inch OLED screen,protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The resolution is 1440 x 3120 pixels, but it is set to 1080p by default. Most likely, this is done with the expectation of increasing the performance and battery life.

By default, there is a cold color palette here, but if you go into the “Display Settings” menu, you will find the “True View” option, turn it on to adjust the display white balance.

At the top of the display there is a notch forfront camera and all sensors. It does not interfere much, only when viewing content on YouTube. In this case, you can always hide it by applying a black background on the sides.

The LG G7 had a “SuperBright” display capable of reaching a brightness of 1000 nits; in testing the G8, the screen reached only 561 nits. But there are no problems with visibility outside, even on a sunny day.

Software and interface

The LG G8 ThinQ works on Android 9 Pie out of the box. This is the latest available version of Android. Unfortunately, many of the functionality found in Pie, including Digital Wellbeing, was not implemented in the special LG software.

You may also like in the userLG's interface, for example, is that it allows you to turn off the application bar and place all the application icons on the iOS home screen. A fingerprint scanner on the back panel can be used to reset the notification panel. Also, there are familiar features such as Comfort View (blue display filter), Always On Display (time and notification icons are displayed on the screen in standby mode) and a floating panel (always available with labels). And advanced game controls allow you to turn off alerts or control the quality of graphics during the game.

On the other hand, you will not find Dark Mode here, and yet it’s quite a handy thing.

Air motion

Air Motion is a unique feature of the LG G8,which allows you to perform certain actions without touching the phone at all. Commands are given using gestures. You can set shortcuts for two applications, you can control the volume of the sound or play / pause media in applications such as Spotify, Netflix, YouTube or the stock music player, you can take a screen shot and you can reject the alarm ,

Unfortunately, the execution of commands Air MotionIt turned out not so comfortable process. You must hold the palm for a few seconds over the notch on the screen. When the phone detects its presence, you move your hand back and make a gesture. Then a pop-up window appears, and you perform one of two actions by moving your hand left or right. The pop-up window will display application shortcuts if you are on the desktop, or multimedia controls if you are in an application for music or video. Fingering takes a screen shot. If you hold your hand in the middle for a few seconds, a virtual volume control knob will appear, which you control by turning it left or right, which is probably the coolest thing.

Besides the use of Air Motion gesturesrather slow process, they sometimes cause irritation, and in the end they are unnecessary and unnecessary. Perhaps these gestures can be useful in some very specific situations, but now they are just impractical and take too long to get used to them.

Processor and memory

Under the hood is the Snapdragon 855 chip,therefore, the LG G8 is one of the fastest Android phones at the moment, and the results of performance tests clearly reflect this fact (they are all made with a 1080p screen resolution by default). As expected, hard games work without problems. The only time that there was a discontinuity, during the launch of the game PUBG with high graphics settings.

Sometimes there may be slight slowdowns. 6 GB of RAM is certainly enough for the needs of most users, but, for example, delays can be detected when launching applications or displaying the latest applications. Google Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T are a bit faster.

128 GB of internal memory is the only configuration of the LG G8, which is currently available. There is the possibility of expanding memory using microSD.

Camera

The version of the LG G8, released in the US, has a doublecamera behind. One of them is a regular 12-megapixel camera with a fixed aperture F1.5 and OIS, and the second is a 16-megapixel camera with a super wide angle lens. The same was in the LG G7. For some regions, the G8 will have a third camera with a 2x telephoto lens.

New is the special Studio mode, which reminds us of the effects of portrait lighting Apple. We also see night mode for shooting in low light conditions.
The camera application sometimes works rather slowly: it can take several minutes to start or switch from one mode to another. At the same time, the LG G8 is quite capable of making beautiful photos.

Night view is a new mode designed forenhance your photos in low light. Theoretically, the algorithm works by quickly taking a few photos, and then adding them together for a clearer and cleaner image. Capturing and processing a snapshot takes several seconds and requires that you hold the camera steady for a little longer than usual. In practice, there is no difference in quality between photos taken in Auto and photos taken in Night View mode.

The LG G8 has an 8 megapixel front camera withautofocus. Selfies look good when shooting in the daytime, but when shooting in low light conditions, the details start to suffer, as with any other camera. Pictures in low light are usually slightly blurry. The overall image quality is comparable to what you get from the Galaxy S10.

Thanks to the Z-camera, the G8 can also usePortrait and Studio modes for your selfie. Spotlight Studio Effect is especially useful because it can illuminate your face at a certain angle if the ambient light is not optimal.

Sound

If you look closely at the LG G8 notch,You will notice that one thing is missing - the speaker. This is due to the fact that the screen itself acts as a speaker. The sound quality during calls is really good, the voices are loud and clear.

The G8 has a Boombox speaker, placing the phone on a flat surface further enhances the sound, making it even louder. Next to the G8, the Galaxy S10 sounds clearer and more balanced.

As we mentioned earlier, the LG G8 has a headphone jack.

Battery

In the battery test, the LG G8 showed decentthe result is 7 hours and 30 minutes. He, of course, is not a champion, but in fact the phone can last for a couple of days if you use it competently. In general, the battery life with the G8 is stable. Wireless charging is supported here.

Total

$ 850 Recommended Retail Pricenew flagship. That's about as much as the Galaxy S10 costs right now, while Samsung’s smartphone surpasses it in many ways: it has a more versatile set of cameras, it works with more sophisticated user software, and its stereo speakers sound noticeably cleaner.

However, now the G8 can be purchased for just $ 600. This is a fair price tag for it.

The novelty may be confused by two facts - the functions Hand ID and Air Motion, which seem a bit damp and even unnecessary. In general, the LG G8 is a decent Android phone at a reasonable price.