G8 ThinQ will also feature ‘hands-free’ gesture control.
After weeks of leaks and rumors, the LG’s G8 ThinQ is now official. The latest flagship from the Korean company may feature the same old design, but LG’s packed with features that should make fans happy.
The G8 ThinQ now features a Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera sensor that is used for facial recognition – think of it as the Android counterpart of Apple’s Face ID hardware. It projects infrared light on your face to capture distance and reflection that will be used as data when you unlock your smartphone. Since it uses infrared, it can be used even in the dark.
The smartphone also includes a new hands-free gesture control called ‘Air Motion’ that will let you take screenshots, multitask or even adjust the volume without ever touching the phone. Air Motion will also work with gloves or in a wet surrounding, though we still aren’t sure how it will really work in a real-life scenario.
Another standout feature for the G8 ThinQ is the new Crystal Sound OLED that actually uses the smartphone’s screen as an amplifier. It’s a feature that needs to be seen to be believed.
The rest of the G8 ThinQ’s specifications include a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, three rear cameras (16-megapixel super-wide angle, 12-megapixel standard, and 12-megapixel telephoto lens), a 32-bit Quad DAC and a 3,500 mAh battery. It will run Android 9 Pie out of the box.
Also announced is the 5G-enabled LG V50 smartphone which will be the company’s first 5G device. It will have a notched 6.4-inch QHD+ display that you can double by attaching an optional 6.1-inch screen gamepad that resembles a Nintendo DS.
On the inside, the V50 will also have a Snapdragon 855 CPU plus 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. A Qualcomm X50 5G model will give you the 5G speeds that they promised – if you have the network to connect it to. There’s also fast charging support and a 4,000 mAh battery.
Camera-wise you have three rear cameras that include a 16-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, 12-megapixel standard sensor, and a 12-megapixel telephoto zoom lens. On the front, you’ll have dual 8-megapixel and 5-megapixel cameras.
No word yet on local availability but expect for these devices to arrive in the Middle East very soon.