LG G8 ThinQ Review – A Phone With Many Gimmicks

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LG is one of the major smartphone manufacturers who has been around for quite some time now. In this LG G8 ThinQ review, I will tell you everything you need to know about this phone.

 

LG G8 Thin Q Review

 

LG G8 ThinQ

8
Battery Life 9.0
Camera 7.0
Software 7.0
Hardware 8.0
Performance 9.0

Pros

  • Great overall performance
  • Beautiful display screen
  • Great audio

Cons

  • Too expensive for what it offers
  • Too many gimmicks

 

Within the past few years, LG phones have been improving with the release of every model.

 

The LG G8 ThinQ has a nice look and feel to it, the phone comes equipped with a powerful audio system and a beautiful display screen.

 

However, the LG G8 ThinQ has some stiff competition from smartphones such as the Apple iPhone XR and Samsung Galaxy S10e which are less expensive and offers better overall performance.

 

LG G8 ThinQ Design & Hardware:

 

The LG G8 ThinQ looks very much like its predecessor the LG G7, its measurements are 5.98 x 2.83 x 0.33 inches (HWD) and it weighs 5.89 ounces.

 

The display screen is 6.1 inches, it has thin bezels and a small notch at the top which houses the cameras.

 

The back plate of the phone is made of glass it’s available in red, black, and grey.

 

At the back of the phone, you will find a dual camera setup as well as a fingerprint sensor which is located directly below the dual camera setup.

 

The LG G8 ThinQ branding is located at the center of the phone and an LG logo sits directly below it.

 

Located on the left edge of the phone you will find the volume rocker and a dedicated Google Assistant button.

 

On the right edge of the phone, you will find a power button and a hybrid SIM/microSD card slot.

 

On the bottom of the phone, you will find a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C charging port, and a speaker.

 

The LG G8 ThinQ is one of the first smartphones to use the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor.

 

The phone comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 2TB via the microSD card slot.

 

However, only 1TB cards are currently available. The LG G8 ThinQ comes with a 3500mAh battery.

 

LG G8 ThinQ Display Screen:

 

LG G8 ThinQ Display ScreenThe display screen is a 6.1 inch OLED display screen which has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a pixel resolution of 3,120 x 1,440 for 564 pixels per inch.

 

The display screen’s peak brightness is 570 nits that’s down from last year’s LG G7 which had a maximum brightness of 1000 nits.

 

Nevertheless, the 570 nits is bright enough to use the phone outdoors in direct sunlight.

 

The color accuracy on this phone is good, however, greens and blues are a little oversaturated.

 

The display screen looks good and it provides a great user experience regardless of what you enjoy doing on the phone.

 

The LG G8 ThinQ is made primarily from glass and metal. The glass on the front of the phone is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5, while the glass on the back is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

 

The phone is IP68-rated for water and dust-resistance.

 

LG G8 ThinQ Audio Quality:

 

LG uses a relatively new technology called Crystal Sound OLED which uses the display screen as a base for the speaker.

 

When making a phone call without using the speakerphone, the sound emanates from the top of the display screen.

 

When using the speakerphone, the sound is emitted from the display screen as well as the speaker at the bottom of the phone.

 

The audio quality on this phone is clear, the audio peaks at 89dB. The sound remains clear even when you add a little bass.

 

This is due to the resonance chamber which creates a virtual boombox when the phone is placed on a solid surface.

 

Wi-Fi is supported on the 2.5GHz and 5GHz bands. There’s an NFC chip inside the phone which gives you the ability to make contactless payments.

 

The phone also comes equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 for wearable and wireless audio support.

 

LG G8 ThinQ Software:

 

The LG G8 ThinQ comes equipped with the Android 9.0 Pie operating system. LG has its own UI on top of Android 9.0 Pie which gives it a unique look and feel.

 

Google Now has been replaced with a similar feature called AppFlash, the app drawer has been removed, and the app icons look a bit different.

 

LG has given the user much more customization options in the Settings menu.

 

Some new security features and gestures have been added due to the TOF camera on the front of the phone.

 

The Hand ID feature uses an infrared camera in conjunction with the Z camera to identify you by the veins in your hand.

 

The phone is instantaneously unlocked after you have been identified. LG claims that this feature uses the same type of technology that’s used in a secure bank environment.

 

This feature gives you the ability to unlock the phone without touching it. This is very convenient, however, I have some concerns in regards to the security of this feature.

 

The Z camera has the ability to capture certain gestures made above the phone and it gives you the ability to control music and/or video playback.

 

This is possible as a result of Air Motion, this is an exciting new feature that has lots of potential. However, it would have been great if this feature was more user-friendly.