LG G8 ThinQ official with sound emitting display, palm vein authentication

Kelley Robertson
February 26, 2019

Basically, the screen is emitting sounds, eliminating the need for a front speaker. The advanced palm vein authentication is possible thanks to the Z Camera, backed up by ToF technology. Unlocking the phone is possible simply by placing the hand in front of the front-facer.

Hand ID is another new feature, and uses a 3D biometric sensor system that scans the palm of your hand to unlock your phone.

Of course the Z camera also makes for more complex selfies, and you can even make hand gestures in front of the phone - like pinching or waving - to operate it without touching, for those itching to live out their Minority Report fantasies. There is a Video Portrait mode that lets users control the bokeh while shooting videos from the rear camera. The accessory comes with a 6.2-inch OLED FHD+ display with 1080x2160 pixel resolution for multitasking and gaming experience. Adddtionally, LG's G8s, which has fewer features and lower specs than the G8, is also skipping the American market. There are two rear cameras-16MP wide, f/1.9 and 12MP standard, f/1.5-which are now in a vertical array, along with an 8MP, f/1.7 front-facing snapper. There's also a respectable 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Apart from 5G, the handset offers 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and USB Type-C for connectivity. The Android Pie-powered offering also comes with IP68 rating for water and dust resistance and has MIL-STD 810G certification for military-grade durability.

LG will also introduce a slight variation on the G8 ThinQ in the coming months. Color options include Carmine Red, New Aurora Black, and New Platinum Gray.

According to online communities, tech bloggers and influencers on Monday, the South Korean smartphone manufacturer's unveiling of its latest flagship phones for 2019 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, gave an impression that LG is "kind of lost" in its attempts to keep up with fast-changing trends in the mobile world.

LG spent nearly an entire year designing the newly-announced LG V50 ThinQ as its first 5G flagship. The audio has been upgraded to produce a superb stereo performance, LG said. It proved to be one of LG's more successful gambles with the G8 during our limited hands-on time with that device, and it would have been nice to see in the V50 as well.

The V50 inherits the triple-lens rear camera LG introduced with the V40 late previous year. The phone doesn't have a top speaker; instead, it vibrates the entire display to create sound.

One of the highlight features of the LG G8 ThinQ is its Z Camera, which uses Time-of-Flight to enable some unique functions.

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