Between the Penta-cameras and foldable phones, it’s tough to argue that we’re not seeing at least some innovation in the smartphone space and LG just cemented that argument with their latest device.
Meet the LG G8.
A phone that allows you to unlock your device using your palm veins.
The LG G8 ThinQ can recognize the veins in your hands by analyzing the infrared absorption characteristics of the hemoglobin in your blood.
This certainly sounds like something out of a science fiction, right?
However, according to reviews from MBKHD and others, there are times when this falls short, but when that happens, you still have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner (rather than the comparatively slower in-display fingerprint scanner) and a 3D facial recognition.
LG has also included something called Air Motion Gestures, which makes the camera recognize the shape and movement of your hand for touchless gesture control.
Another feature LG is banking on, is the Crystal Sound OLED.
According to the company, the OLED display is used as a diaphragm which vibrates to amplify sounds at loud volumes. Thanks to CSO, LG says that audio clarity has improved, allowing voices and musical notes to be more discernible. The hole-less receiver makes it possible to take phone calls even when the phone is wet. LG also says the CSO makes full-bodied stereo performance possible with the bottom-firing speaker and the top part of the display.
Oh, and LG also kept the 3.5mm headphone jack in the G8.
Quite cool features, right?
However, I don’t think that LG put much thought into the design of the phone.
As you can see, the phone doesn’t have anything special in the looks department
With regards to the specs, well you get:
Display 6.1-inch QHD+ (3120×1440) OLED, 564ppi, HDR10, Gorilla Glass 5 on front, Gorilla Glass 6 on back
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Dimensions & weight 151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4 mm, 167g
Front Cameras (Z Camera) 8MP f/1.7, 1.22μm, 80° field-of-view, autofocus
IR Sensor (receiver)
IR VCSEL (transmitter)
Rear Cameras Standard: 12MP f/1.5, 1.4μm, 79° field-of-view, dual PDAF, OIS
Wide: 16MP f/1.9, 1.0μm, 107° field-of-view, FF, 4K video recording at 60FPS
Memory 6GB LPDDR4 RAM
Storage 128GB storage, expandable with up to 2TB microSD
Charging Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, Fast Wireless Charging
Audio Hi-Fi Quad DAC, DTS:X 3D Boombox + Crystal Sound OLED Stereo, MQA
Ports and Buttons USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, Google Assistant button
Biometrics Hand ID, 3D Face Unlock, Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Software Android 9 Pie-based LG UX
The LG G8 ThinQ will be available in Black Silver, Black, and Red. Verizon has announced that they will carry the smartphone in the U.S., but exact pricing and availability dates have yet to be announced.
What do you think? Are these features good enough for you to consider the G8?
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