Sometimes something catches your attention and makes you do a double-take. This is exactly what happened when I was watching LG perform some magic on stage at Mobile World Congress as they unveiled the LG G8 ThinQ.
I have been a fan of LG since the G4 – that camera was so ahead of its time back then so I can only imagine how much new tech is stuffed into that little phone now. The manual controls were beyond anything anyone else had and in fact, I still have my LG G4 and it was used to shoot many of my videos for my YouTube channel – yes, the camera wa THAT good.
So fast forward to 2019 and what has LG done to update my beloved G4?
The LG G8 comes with a 6.1 inch QHD+ OLED Fullvision display powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform. It has 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of Storage but also includes a microSD slot so you can expand your storage up to 2TB. The phone is powered by 3500mAh battery and with LG’s power management being rock solid, this should be plenty of juice to last at least a day’s worth of work.
LG G8 The phone has a 16MP Wide and 12 MP Standard rear-shooter and a front-facing cam with 8MP standard and a Z Camera. Now if you are thinking what is that? Well, LG has taken 3D space and biometrics to a new level…
Air Motion for Touchless Commands
On the LG G8 you can unlock your phone in three ways with a feature called Multi ID: 3D face recognition, fingerprint scanning, and the new Hand ID with vein recognition.
The LG G8 uses only your palm as the phone is able to recognize your unique vein pattern in your hand. Hold your palm open above the camera in a Harry Potter spell style and the phone is unlocked.
But there is more.
Once the phone is unlocked, you just hold your hand again and the phone will allow you to swipe left or right to launch two applications. When you are in an app like YouTube, the same hand hovering motion can be used to pause or play the video and if you rotate your hand clockwise or counterclockwise you control the volume! These are called Air Motions and you can answer or decline calls, open your most-used apps, stop a timer or alarm, hit the snooze button without actually hitting anything.
@LGMobileSA Forget fingerprint #LGG8 now recognises veins in your hand for a billion tines the security. Hold hand above phone and it unlocks. The new 3D camera also alows gestures called airmotion controll the phone without touching. pic.twitter.com/6tWPCoDfG7
— Steven Ambrose (@ambio) February 24, 2019
I would love to test this feature in an environment where your hands are dirty, wet, wearing gloves – this is Minority Report style kinda cool!
Initial indicative pricing seems to be around $800, but will update once I have info on price and availability. Typically, LG doesn’t wait too long to get products in its customer’s hands!
With just a wave of your hand, easily access favorite apps, answer calls, snooze alarms, and even increase volume without touching your phone. #LGG8ThinQ https://t.co/LaePgJa43g pic.twitter.com/yaSo0a4rMC
— LG USA Mobile (@LGUSAMobile) February 24, 2019
— Digital Trends (@DigitalTrends) February 24, 2019
Update 2/26/2019: Sprint will have this device “this spring” according to the press release and you can pre-register for your own register for the LG G8 ThinQ right here