Hey, what’s going on Sprint Community? OldGreg here, back at it again to chat about the new LG G8 ThinQ that is due to be released Friday April 12th (with pre-orders starting 3/29)! Recently LG gave us a teaser of what to expect out of their new flagship phone. Since then, LG have given some folks a chance to get out and see how these devices function in the wild, so let’s go ahead and get into what you can expect.
Right out of the gate, picking up a G8 is going to feel just like you are grabbing a G7. If you are as annoyed by camera bumps as I am, you’ll immediately notice that LG has managed to make the rear cameras flush with the back of the phone so there is no more wobble when you have the phone resting on a flat surface. Outside of that, LG has made a few minor tweaks on the design of the phone that you might not catch at first glance but are built into some of their new features for the G8.
Speaking of those new features, the first item up is LG’s new “Speaker Screen”. When looking at the G8 you may have noticed there is only one tiny little speaker down in the bottom of the phone and no longer a speaker at the top of the phone near the ear piece. That’s because hidden behind the 6.1 inch OLED display, near where the Google Search Bar lives, is a sound bar. LG is using the OLED screen to act as an amplifier for the sound bar to so that the entire screen itself acts as a speaker. The word on the street is that this is HUGE for people who regularly make calls in noisy areas. By awkwardly placing your ear on the screen by the hidden sound bar, and not where you would normally expect with literally any other phone, you’ll allegedly get incredible sounding calls even in loud environments. Reviews are saying that it acts similar to a bone conduction device to amplify the sound and make hearing your calls better than ever.
The next big feature lives inside the G8’s Z Camera tucked away in the notch on the front of the phone. The Time-of-Flight sensors will give you your normal face identification scanning that most are used to but also features a new trick that LG is dubbing “Hand ID”. Essentially the phone is scanning the details of your palm to identify you and unlock your device. LG apparently sees this as the future of phone unlocking, but time will tell with this.
Another feature of the Z Camera is that it will recognize your hand hovering over the camera to allow for certain gestures to control your device with LG’s “Hand Motion” sensing. You can use hand waving, pinching, and imitating knob-turning gestures to channel your inner wizard and control various aspects of your device. From app switching, to volume control and scanning through videos, LG is hoping this will be a quality of life improvement for folks who are tired of picking up their phones and using their hands like Neanderthals.
Outside of all that, the G8 will run Android Pie with LG’s normal overlay and you can expect a solid experience from the more than adequate guts of the G8. Pre-orders are available starting 3/29/19 and the official release is slated for 4/12/19. Additional specifications for the LG G8 ThinQ can be found below.
So, are you ready for a “hands off” device and ready to embrace your inner hand-waving wizard with Air Motion and Hand ID? Do you constantly take calls in heavily populated areas and need a phone with some extra oomph to make those calls easier to hear? Does the G8 do anything for you? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think!
6.1 inch OLED QHD+ display
Snapdragon 855 processor running Android Pie
3,500 MAH Battery
IP68 water resistance
USB C for charging
Headphone jack with LG’s 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC built in
16MP Superwide Lens
12MP Standard Lens
12MP Telephoto Lens
Front Camera: LG’s Z Camera and Time-of-Flight sensors