29 March 2019
LG's Android flagships for 2019 have just been made official as LG G8 ThinQ and LG G8s ThinQ at MWC 2019. Both these phones come with all the high-end specs that you would expect from a 2019 Android flagship. But to stand out from the crowd, they offer a couple of unique features in the form of Hands ID and hands-free gestures. There is also enhanced face recognition technology with 3D face sensing.
The LG G8 ThinQ sports a 6.1-inch Quad HD+ (3120 x 1440 pixels) OLED FullVision display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a notch. Under the hood, it has Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage. There is support for microSD cards up to 2TB. On the back panel, it has triple rear cameras with a 16-megapixel super wide sensor (f/1.9 aperture), a 12-megapixel standard sensor (f/1.5 aperture), and a 12-megapixel telephoto sensor (f/2.4 aperture). On the front, it has an 8-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a Z camera which is basically a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor.
This Z ToF camera is what LG is using in combination with infrared sensors for newly introduced Hands ID technology. LG claims that it is more secure than the traditionally used fingerprint recognition technology. It "identifies owners by recognizing the shape, thickness and other individual characteristics of the veins in the palms of their hands." This is undoubtedly an innovative and interesting approach but its effectiveness in the real world will be judged once the device becomes available in the market.
The same Z camera is also used for 3D scanning of face for a much more secure facial recognition. LG says that it will be "impossible" to fool the camera with a 2D photo of a human face as photos lack depth. This is something which would be put to test for sure but yes, the phone has fingerprint scanning as well. LG has further implemented a new feature called Air Motion where users can interact with the phone hands-free by using gestures. It can be used for actions like answering/rejecting calls, capturing screenshots, application switching, and volume adjustment among others.
There is a 3,500mAh battery to keep the LG G8 ThinQ going for the day. It runs Android 9 Pie on the software front. Other features include Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, NFC, MIL-STD-810G certification, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Boombox speaker, and DTS:X 3D surround sound. It will be available in Carmine Red, New Aurora Black, and New Moroccan Blue color options.
The LG G8s ThinQ is essentially the same as the LG G8 ThinQ except for a few changes to justify the relatively lower pricing. It features a 6.2-inch Full HD+ (2248 x 1080 pixels) OLED FullVision display with 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It also features Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with 6GB RAM but has 64GB and 128GB storage options. The camera setup on the front and back are also same except that it has a 13-megapixel wide sensor instead of the 16-megapixel super wide angle sensor. It is powered by a 3,550mAh battery. Other than these, all features are the same as the main flagship including Hands ID, Face ID, and Air Motion.
There are no words on the pricing and availability of both these phones yet. We can expect LG to reveal these details when the device will be closer to the release in the market.