In addition to the LG V50 ThinQ, South Korean manufacturer LG presented during its pre-conference at MWC 2019 the new smartphone from its central family of mobile phones.
The LG G8 ThinQ is a powerful, feature-packed, security-oriented, photo-and-video and agility-to-use device bringing a host of new experiences in photography, productivity and intuition into functions that already existed but have not yet had been perfected.
The power of Z Camera
The biggest highlight of the LG G8 ThinQ is the Z Camera, one of the smartphone’s front-facing cameras.
It is an advanced sensor with infrared sensors that calculate the depth of field more quickly and accurately than other devices, allowing technologies such as face unlocking more securely since Z Camera “sees” objects in 3D. Besides, the Z Camera is not affected by ambient light, which means that you can unlock the device in places where there is too much or too little light.
Also, this is the first smartphone in the world with authentication that reads the veins from the user’s palm.
This is possible with a combination of the Z Camera with infrared sensors.
This method is safer than biometric reading and identifies the user by recognizing patterns, thickness and other individual characteristics of the blood vessels.
To unlock, you only need to position your hand in front of the front camera for a moment.
In terms of photography, there is nothing new either.
The Z Camera can be used in Portrait Mode for even better selfies by correctly distinguishing the background from the primary object of the portrait and recognizing the shapes of the objects by calculating the distance from the reflection of the light in each of them.
Also, Video Portrait mode, which takes advantage of Dual Field of View technology, gives the user control to use real-time editing commands and erase the background or highlight people in the environment – previously only possible features in photos.
It even allows for quick gestures for navigation and usability, in a feature called Air Motion.
Without touching the screen, you can answer or end calls, take a screenshot, switch applications, or even adjust the volume of the media you are playing – something beneficial for those who are driving or with busy hands cooking or wearing gloves, for example.
Where’s the loudspeaker?
Crystal Sound OLED technology is an audio novelty that uses the device’s display as a speaker diaphragm, eliminating the need for a speaker on the front of the device – making the look even more minimalistic.
Processor: Qualcom Snapdragon 855
Screen: 6.1 “QHD + OLED FullVision (19.5: 9 aspect ratio) of 3.120×1.440 pixels
Memory RAM: 6 GB
Internal storage: 128 GB (supports microSD up to 2 TB)
Rear camera: 16 MP super-wide (F1.9), 12 MP standard (F1.5) and 12 MP telephoto (F2.4)
Front camera: 8 MP (default, F1.7) and Z Camera
Battery: 3.500 mAh
Operating system: Android 9.0 Foot
Measures: 15.1 x 7.1 x 0.84 cm
Connectivity: 3G / 4G LTE-A, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / a, Bluetooth 5, NFC, USB Type-C
G8S ThinQ version
LG also quickly introduced the LG G8S ThinQ, a version with less powerful rear cameras and an option with less storage. It even brings the Z Camera, but has fewer features and does not have the technology that uses the OLED screen as a speaker.
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Screen: 6.2 “(18.7: 9 aspect ratio) FHD + OLED Full Vision resolution 2,248×1080 pixels
Memory RAM: 6 GB
Internal Storage: 64 GB or 128 GB
Rear cameras: 13 MP (wide), 12 MP (standard) and 12 MP (telephoto)
Front Cameras: 8 MP (Standard) and Z Camera
Battery: 3.550 mAh
The LG G8 will have many variants – and the body tonality of the device does not only differentiate them. Speaking of them, the available colors will be Carmine Red, New Aurora Black, and New Moroccan Blue.
Some models will have two rear cameras, while others will have the complete set of three sensors, according to selected markets and consumer need.
During the conference, the company did not provide details such as release date or price, indicating only that they are available “soon.”