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    LG G8 ThinQ

    Release Date
    5-Feb-19
    Market Status
    Not Released in India
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    LG G8 has modified some parts of the LG G7 to set its mark as a near-premium handset in the competitive premium market. Priced at Rs. 59,990, the LG G8 may not draw eyes towards it but will be a pleasing phone for LG fans.

     

    Coupled with a robust design and excellent display, the LG G8 comes with a super-fast processor to make things work in its favour. The only problem remains with its weak battery and camera. Since it arrives in a premium market, the processing speed cannot hold the phone strong in the competition. It remains a decent set which pales in the competition that it is going against.

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    6.1 inches
    563 ppi, OLED
    Octa core
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
    3500 mAh
    Li-ion, Fast Charging
    12 MP
    Triple, 12MP + 12MP + 16MP
    4G
    Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
    Fingerprint
    Rear

    About the Phone

    The minimalist LG G8 will attract anyone who’s looking for a minimalistic design among the gaudy sets present in the current market. It comes with these pros and cons:

    Pros

    • The LG G8 comes with a dull and sturdy design suitable for crowds who go for minimalist architecture.
    • LG G8 has a potent display with bright colours following the superior display of LG G7 closely.
    • With the Snapdragon 855 chipset, LG G8 keeps its performance blazing-fast.
    • It comes with the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.
    • It has wireless charging as well as USB Type-C port.
    • No in-display fingerprint scanner.

     

    Cons

    • The battery life of this phone is not the best and can barely chug through the day.
    • The audio features are not loud enough to satisfy.
    • The rear camera is decent but does not produce the sharpest photos when compared to its competitors.
    • Air features are useful but are mostly for a niche market.

    The LG G8 is a nifty set, but it is more attractive for a niche market. It does not stand the ground when compared to its competitors. Unless you are a die-hard LG fan, this phone is not a recommended buy.

    LG G8 has modified some parts of the LG G7 to set its mark as a near-premium handset in the competitive premium market. Priced at Rs. 59,990, the LG G8 may not draw eyes towards it but will be a pleasing phone for LG fans.

     

    Coupled with a robust design and excellent display, the LG G8 comes with a super-fast processor to make things work in its favour. The only problem remains with its weak battery and camera. Since it arrives in a premium market, the processing speed cannot hold the phone strong in the competition. It remains a decent set which pales in the competition that it is going against.

    In recent times, most phones are going for a glittery device to attract the audience. The LG G8, however, comes without such dramatic effects – it has gone for simple colour looks with grey, black, and red options. Both front and back panels are fitted with Gorilla Glass to prevent scratches from taking place and it is softly curved at the edge to meet the metal frame. The phone goes for a minimalistic look and feels original. It has an IP68 rating of water-proofing, which puts it ahead of many competitors. The phone, however, seems dated on one end – it comes with a physical fingerprint sensor and not an in-display one as most competitors are going for. In general, the phone is compact and can be easily handled with one hand. Plus, it comes with the 3.5mm headphone jack for nostalgics.

     

    LG G7 used the MLCD+ display which was one of the biggest news since it added a white sub-pixel to boost the brightness. LG G8 ThinQ however, went for the OLED screen which is used on Xiaomi, iPhone and Samsung. There are the vibrant colours and deep blacks present in the OLED display. The phone comes with a 6.1-inch Quad HD+ resolution which you can turn down to save battery. The viewing angles are decent, and the auto-brightness works well, but sometimes it tends to go a bit too dark. Otherwise, it is detailed and sharp. The phone has HDR for videos which lend no significant change, but it also comes with ‘true view’ – an option like Apple’s True Tone display which shifts the colour space to adjust with the environment. All in all, the screen of the phone remains powerful.

    The LG G8 ThinQ comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 paired with a sizable 6GB RAM. Regarding running apps, the phone is a beauty. Due to its 800-series Snapdragon processor, the loading times of apps is minimal, and it is possible to switch between multiple apps without getting into slowdown mode. Graphics-intensive games like PUBG can also run in high-settings without any stutter, which makes this phone a true flagship in the performance department. A feature of the phone is Air Gestures which G8 ThinQ achieves due to the Z-axis camera. Here you can open your palm and then make a knob turning motion to turn down the volume. Air features generally work tremendously and can wow you, but it does require you to do it several times before it gets into the Air-feature mode.

    LG G8 ThinQ’s comes with a 12MP primary camera with an  f/1.5 aperture along with optical image stabilisation. Plus, the phone comes with a 16MP wide-angle camera which offers 107-degree angle to fit in the frame. The phones come with AI cam which happens to be one of its main highlights. It can identify scenes correctly and tries to do its best to give the proper effect. However, it tends to get a bit aggressive. In daylight, the images turn out to be quite decent, but you will miss the zoom feature.

    In low-light, you can adjust the exposure, but there is a decent amount of noise that gets captured. The plus point is that the AI can detect low-light and give you the best setting for that situation too. Even in tricky light situations, the photos turn out ok.

    The G8 ThinQ comes with an 8MP front camera which uses time-of-flight depth sensing to get the best bokeh effect for your selfies. It has an excellent overall balancing, but the images lack the dynamic that Google Pixel 3 provides, and low-light performance is quite poor. The AI Cam offers portrait and normal modes but even with the ToF sensor, they are not perfect. Video can be recorded up to 4K with 60fps, and there is also stabilisation to iron out jerks. You can also apply bokeh to the videos though it appears a bit milky.

     

    The LG G8 ThinQ arrives with a 3500mAh battery which is not best when compared to its competitors. The phone can barely survive a day with moderate to light use because of the Quad HD+ display that it comes with. Surfing the web over a cell phone connection drained the phone completely from 100 within about 9 hours, which is not a decent point. It supports Quick Charge 3.0 and has wireless charging too, along with the USB Type-C charging. It takes about 1 hour and 37 minutes to get it from 0 to 100%.

    The LG G8 is a capable phone and comes with some delights like the headphone jack and waterproofing. The performance of the phone is good, and the design has something for the minimalists too. However, the phone is paired with a weak battery as well as an inadequate set of cameras which struggles with low-light images. A niche feature is the Air Gesture, but it is not enough to save the phone from its weak points. If you are an LG fan, it could be a capable flagship to go for but you might also try out Huawei P30 Pro as a worthy alternative.

     

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    General
    Announced On5-Feb-19
    Market StatusNot Released in India
    BrandLG
    Price StatusExpected
    PriceRs. 52,990
    Water ResistanceYes, Water resistant, IP68
    Weight167 grams
    ColorsCarmine Red, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue
    BuildFront glass (Gorilla Glass 5), back glass (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame
    Dimensions151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4 mm
    Screen Size6.1 inches
    Screen TypeOLED
    Screen Resolution1440 x 3120 pixels
    Pixel Density563 ppi
    Aspect Ratio19.5:9
    Screen ProtectionGorilla Glass 5
    Screen to Body Ratio83.57%
    Screen DesignRegular notch
    Screen Quality2K
    GPUAdreno 640
    Operating SystemAndroid v9.0 (Pie)
    ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 855
    CPUOcta core (2.84 GHz, Single core, Kryo 485 + 2.42 GHz, Tri core, Kryo 485 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 485)
    Clock Speed2.84 GHz
    Architecture64 bit
    Phone Variants6GB 64GB
    Expandable StorageYes
    RAM TypeLPDDR4X
    Expandable Storage CapacityYes, 2 TB
    Front Video Recording1080p60fps
    Front Camera FeaturesHDR
    Front Camera SetupSingle, 8MP
    Front Camera 1 Resolution8 MP
    Front Camera 1 Typef/1.7 Primary Camera
    Front Aperturef/1.7
    Battery Capacity3500 mAh
    Battery RemovableNo
    Battery TypeLi-ion
    Charger TypeQuick, v3.0
    USB Type-CYes
    Fast ChargingYes
    SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
    GPSYes A-GPS
    Audio Features32-bit/192kHz audioDTS: X Surround SoundActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
    NFCYes
    BluetoothYes
    FM RadioYes
    3.5mm Audio JackYes
    Bluetooth Typev5.0
    Audio Jack3.5 mm
    OISYes
    Rear FlashYes, LED Flash
    Rear Video Recording3840x2160 @ 30 fps
    Rear Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
    Rear Camera SetupTriple, 12MP + 12MP + 16MP
    Rear Camera 1 Resolution12 MP
    Rear Camera 1 Typef/1.5 Primary Camera
    Rear Camera 1 Lens1.4 micrometre pixel size
    Rear Camera 2 Resolution12 MP
    Rear Camera 2 Typef/2.4 (upto 2x Optical Zoom) Camera
    Rear Camera 2 Lens1 micrometre pixel size
    Rear Camera 3 Resolution16 MP
    Rear Camera 3 Lens1 micrometre pixel size
    Rear Aperturef/1.5
    Network Support4G
    SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
    Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n
    SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
    eSIMNo
    Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
    VoLTEYes
    SIM 1 Bands3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz, 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz, GPRS: Available, EDGE: Available...
    SIM 2 Bands3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz, 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz, GPRS: Available, EDGE: Available...
    Fingerprint ScannerYes
    Fingerprint Scanner PositionRear
    NameName

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