There are many who think that in the smartphone world everything is invented, but then a brand arrives and denies such a claim, as it happens in the LG G8s ThinQ, of which we present your review.
And is that the new LG G8s ThinQ beyond its five cameras, great processor and excellent finish, is a smartphone that can be operated without hands.
Is it really a useful system? We will talk about it shortly, for now let's start by looking at its design.
LG is one of those brands that do not mind risking the design or concept of their flagships, as happened with the modular LG G5 or the exquisite LG G6.
The LG G8s ThinQ is more traditional and less risky in its design, but with really good finishes.
its back is made of glass with metal edges and shine effect. This part of the back is very prone to our marked footprints, but it still gives the terminal a very nice touch.
It is a smartphone that is quite lighter than others made with the same materials, which denotes the fabulous work done by LG in this regard.
As for the thickness, it can not be said that it is thick with its 8.09 mm, but not too thin, which puts it in the average of the mobiles of its range in this regard.
Looking at the back of the LG G8s ThinQ we see that the three cameras are perfectly integrated in the chassis With the LED flash on one side and the traditional fingerprint sensor on the bottom.
On the front we see some spectacular frames with a notch much longer than in the G7, because they had to place everything related to the Air Motion system, which we will talk about later.
On the right side we have the nanoSIM slot and the on-off button, in a situation too high, which causes it to be somewhat uncomfortable when pressing it.
On the left we have two buttons to control the volume (also too high) and another dedicated to the voice assistant.
At the bottom we have the USB C connector, next to speaker, the 3.5mm jack For headphones and microphone.
Above we have only the noise canceling microphone.
LG G8s ThinQ, technical sheet
We are facing a smartphone where the Specifications Clearly mark that is placed in the high range, with high power. Let's get to know the LG G8s ThinQ in detail:
- Screen: 6.21-inch FullVision P-OLED with FullHD + resolution, aspect ratio 18.7: 9.
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.
- RAM: 6 GB
- Internal storage: 128 GB (expandable up to 2 TB per microSD).
- Rear camera: 12 MP f / 1.8 + 13 MP f / 2.4 super wide angle + 12 MP f / 2.6 zoom.
- Front camera: 8 MP f / 1.9 + ToF f / 1.4.
- Connectivity: Wifi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC.
- Security: fingerprint reader, facial recognition and palm sensor.
- Ports: USB Type C and 3.5mm jack
- Drums: 3,550 mAh with quick charge Quick Charge 3.0.
- Dimensions and weight: 155.3 x 76.6 x 8.09 mm and 180 g.
- OS: Android 9 Pie + LG UX.
- Price: 700 euros approx.
Purchase: LG G8s ThinQ (Amazon)
It is very curious that the brand that has been betting for 2K screens in its high-end years, even before Samsung, this time has taken a step back.
In the LG G8s ThinQ we have a 6.2-inch P-OLED with FullHD + resolution which offers us a density of 402 pixels per inch, with a 81% frontal utilization.
Despite losing resolution, the truth is that we are facing a display with good sharpness, good contrast and good viewing angles.
In brightness is correct, but it is well below what was presented by its predecessor, which boasted an exceptional brightness.
The Auto brightness does not work quite well, since it tends to be almost always too low.
Having such a bulky notch we lose space for thumbnails of notifications. Something that we do not like because, when you receive several notifications at once, you will not be able to see them for that lack of space.
The audio of this LG G8s ThinQ is output through the speaker located at the bottom and also through the same speaker that we use for calls. The latter, incidentally, is located in an unnatural position, since it is not centered.
As for the volume is not spectacular, but enough for most situations and the quality is good, although we could expect the sound to have more body.
Something in the LG insisted a lot in the Mobile World Congress 2019, the first contact we had with this mobile, was in its DTS audio system: X 3D Surround.
The experience with this system is variable since if we use the smartphone's own speakers the sound suffers and the hearing gets worse, while yes we use headphones the experience is better And yes we noticed a difference between normal sound and DTS: X 3D.
To unlock this LG G8S ThinQ we have several systems:
- Traditional as a pattern, code or pin.
- Facial recognition.
- Fingerprint sensor.
- Reading of the palm of the hand.
The fingerprint reader is traditional type, located on the back of the device. Its operation is fast, reliable and the position is ideal To reach with the finger without problems.
The facial recognition is not exactly fast, although very effective, even in low light situations.
The palm recognition is faster that facial recognition but its failure rate is much higher, since the hand has to be in a well centered position. Otherwise, the system is not able to read it and, therefore, does not unlock.
Inside we can not say that it does not come with enough power to handle with ease in any situation, since it has:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 as a processor
- 6 GB of RAM.
- 128 GB of storage that we can extend by microSD up to 2 TB.
- Adreno 640 as a GPU
These numbers transferred to practice return us a mobile that can with any situation without the slightest problem.
Charging times are what we can expect in a smartphone with similar specifications, as there is no lag or slowdown.
Something that is noticeable is an increase in temperature, quite easily, without becoming alarming.
As expected in a mobile “last batch” we have Android 9 Pie as an operating system, yes, under the personalization layer of the brand called LG UX.
Is a quite intrusive layer Regarding the pure Android design, even modifying the settings menu, something that many other layers leave unchanged.
In addition to all this, LG has decided to install many own applications We do not believe that they contribute much except to duplicate, in some occasions, other apps that already come with the operating system itself.
The problem increases when several of them can not only be uninstalled if we don't like them, but they cannot be disabled either.
Air Motion (gesture control)
The biggest novelty in this LG G8s ThinQ is the smartphone control system through gestures without having to touch the screen, called Air motion.
What allows us to do this system is quite limited, being able to only perform the following actions:
- Call and alarm control.
- Control the playback of videos.
It is a system that We do not believe that it provides any substantial advantage, since it requires a period of adaptation, and not everyone will have the necessary patience.
Once caught the trick, it just didn't work well, since many times we have to start the gestures again. And is that the LG G8s ThinQ quite easily loses the perspective of where our hand is.
Even so, the system is so limited that in the end you stop using it to return to the traditional mode.
In the LG G8s ThinQ we have three rear cameras, which are distributed as follows:
- Main Chamber: 12 megapixel sensor, PDAF focus, optical stabilizer, 1.8 focal aperture and 78 degree angle.
- Wide angle camera: 13 megapixel sensor, f / 2.4 and 136 degree super wide angle lens.
- Zoom camera: 12 megapixel telephoto type, f / 2.6 aperture and 47.7 degree angle.
We also found two front cameras, which the LG G8s ThinQ uses both for taking selfies and for gesture control:
- Frontal camera: an 8 megapixel sensor with focal aperture 1.9
- Depth chamber: uses a ToF sensor with f / 1.4 aperture.
We will start by analyzing how the photos come out with the triple rear camera.
Yes there are good light we will not have complaints of the photos of the LG G8s ThinQ, except when very pronounced shadows arise, where they tend to lose some sharpness in the transition from the brightest area to the one with less light.
The color treatment is correct, with a dynamic range improved and an HDR mode that makes the photos have a plus (not much) of sharpness and contrast.
Indoors, the LG G8s ThinQ takes good snapshots with a very correct light treatment and accurate colors.
When the light is low, this rear camera shows that we have lenses capable of capturing the light well, although the detail suffers slightly and the sharpness lowers some integers.
The portrait mode or bokeh effect is quite demanding with the position of the camera and, if you do not have it where the system considers optimal, the photo may be blurred or unbalanced. The moment the system adjusts, the bokeh effect comes out pretty well and quite clean.
Now it's the turn of the LG G8s ThinQ's front cameras.
In this case both the portrait mode as beauty mode we liked quite, with selfies worthy of our social networks.
We have one sharpness more than correct, well treated colors and if we put a little "but" this should be the contrast, since it is excessive in the photos that the camera of selfies throws.
In the LG G8s ThinQ we have a battery of 3,550 mAh whose duration has been on average in the 8 hours active screen approximately. That is, the day we have it insured, being able to arrive a day and a half in cases where the user is not demanding with the terminal.
In addition, we have fast charge Quick Charge 3 that is capable of charge the smartphone from 0 to 100% in about 2 hours, an amount somewhat higher than other terminals in its range.
After finishing the review of the LG G8s ThinQ it is time to summarize everything we have experienced with the new terminal of the Seoul-based brand.
Purchase: LG G8s ThinQ (Amazon)
Strengths of the LG G8s ThinQ in our review
- Good design, finishes and weight.
- Stereo sound and good quality.
- Multiple ways of unlocking.
Weaknesses of the LG G8s ThinQ in our review
- The Air Motion system does not convince us.
- The battery's full charge time is too much.
- We expected a higher resolution screen.
- Design: 8
- Screen: 7
- Hardware: 8
- Autonomy: 7
- Software: 6
- Price: 6
- Overall Score: 7