Almost every company is unveiling something at the MWC Barcelona, and LG announced two new smartphones, where one is the company’s first 5G phone and the other is the successor to the LG G7 ThinQ. We are talking about the LG G8 ThinQ & LG V50 ThinQ 5G. Both of these are flagships from LG and have some interesting features that we are going to talk about in this article.
Starting with the LG G8 ThinQ, there is hardly any difference in terms of the design when you compare it to the G7 ThinQ, except for the vertically placed dual camera setup. It still has the same notch on the front, same bottom bezel, same glass back, same rear-facing fingerprint scanner, etc. Unlike the G7 ThinQ, there is no camera protrusion on the rear, so the overall design of the phone is clean.
There is a Crystal Sound OLED panel which means the sound comes out of the OLED screen. So, there is no earpiece or front speaker on top. As you can see, the notch houses only the camera(s) and the IR sensor. Talking about the cameras, the LG G8 ThinQ has an 8MP standard f/1.7 front camera along with a Z camera (3D ToF Camera).
This Z Camera is used not only for portrait mode but also for Hand ID. So, what’s this Hand ID? Well, the Z Camera and the IR sensor work together to recognize the shape, the thickness, etc. of the veins in the palm. So, to unlock the phone, you need to place your registered hand in front of the Z Camera, and the phone will unlock. LG says that this method is more secure than fingerprint recognition.
There is also Face Unlock, thanks to the IR camera. Now, the Infrared Camera means that it works even in the complete darkness. So, with the LG G8 ThinQ, there are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to security.
That’s not it! The Z Camera also lets the user interact with the display without touching it. LG calls it Air Motion. So, all you do is wave your hand or pinch the air, and you can do various tasks like answering the calls, take screenshots, switch between applications or adjust the volume.
Talking about the rear cameras, the LG G8 ThinQ has dual rear cameras that include a 12MP normal camera with f/1.5 aperture & 1.4μm pixel size, along with a 16MP Super Wide (F1.9 / 1.0μm / 107˚) camera. There is also LG G8s ThinQ (image above) with triple rear cameras that has an extra 12MP Telephoto (F2.4 / 1.0μm / 45˚) camera.
Coming to the rest of the specs, the G8 ThinQ has a 6.1-inch 19.5:9 QHD+ OLED screen with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels. The LG G8s ThinQ, on the other hand, has a 6.2-inch 18.7:9 OLED display with FHD+ resolution (2248 x 1080). The G8s also has a bigger notch because there is an earpiece as well. So, it doesn’t have the Crystal Sound panel as the G8 ThinQ. Both the G8 and G8s are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, and both come with 6GB RAM.
The G8 comes in only 128GB storage variant whereas you can choose between 64GB and 128GB storage when it comes to the G8s ThinQ. The G8 & G8s ThinQ have 3,500mAh & 3,550 mAh batteries respectively with Quick Charge 3.0 support. Android 9 Pie runs out of the box.
Features like Stereo Speakers, AI Camera, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, IP68 Water, and Dust Resistance, HDR10, MIL-STD 810G Compliance, etc. are still there.
LG V50 THINQ 5G
The LG V50 ThinQ 5G is the first smartphone from LG with 5G support. The design is similar to the G7 ThinQ as it also has dual front cameras and an earpiece placed in the notch & a small bottom chin. It is a 6.4-inch 19.5:9 QHD+ OLED FullVision display with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels. Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor powers the V50 Thinq 5G and there is X50 5G Modem as well. It comes in a single storage option i.e., 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM.
There is a triple camera setup on the rear that includes a 16MP Super Wide (F1.9 / 1.0μm / 107˚) camera, a 12MP Standard (F1.5 / 1.4μm / 78˚) camera & a 12MP Telephoto (F2.4 / 1.0μm / 45˚) camera. The fingerprint scanner is still on the rear, so LG has no plans to go for an in-display fingerprint scanner. Unlike the LG G8 ThinQ, there is no Z Camera on the front. So, there are dual cameras that include an 8MP Standard (F1.9 / 1.12μm / 80˚) camera & a 5MP wide-angle (F2.2 / 1.12μm / 90˚) camera.
Apart from the 5G support, there is one more thing that makes the V50 ThinQ 5G so unique. You can attach a second display to it, thanks to the connectors on the right side.
Users can attach the secondary display for double the viewing, gaming and multitasking experience. When connected, this 6.2-inch OLED panel can be used as a normal screen, but you can do anything else on the main display of the phone at the same time. Users can easily switch between the two displays.
Since there is a second screen, the main screen can be used as a controller in some games which is cool. Since it is just an accessory that attaches to the phone, you don’t need to charge it separately as it gets power from the phone’s battery.
The LG V50 ThinQ 5G comes with a 4,000mAh battery, USB Type-C port & Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support. Other features include Stereo Speakers, Boombox Speaker, AI CAM, Super Far-Field Voice Recognition, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, IP68 Water & Dust Resistance and more.
The pricing and availability details are not yet official.