LG G8 ThinQ launched and there’s finally some use of the 3D ToF camera

MWC 2019 is here, and every smartphone manufacturer has something to show for. As such, LG had to be there on the show floor as well. We had previously talked about the LG G8 that could be launched at this year’s event, and LG didn’t disappoint. Well, at least in terms of launching the device. The company launched the LG G8 ThinQ, and the LG G8s ThinQ as well, which is basically a cheaper version of its elder brother. Just like you’d expect, it comes with all the bells and whistles and the latest hardware. However, what separates it from the herd is its implementation of the 3D ToF camera in the front. Well, let’s take a look at it, shall we?

LG G8 ThinQ ToF Z Camera

The highlight of the device is definitely the LG G8 ThinQ ToF Z Camera in the front. We’ve seen smartphone manufacturers usually use it in the rear side for better photography processing. However, LG has placed the 3D ToF sensor up front. Now obviously, it does help the bokeh portrait mode in selfies, with the device producing a sharper and more detailed image. That said, it’s real use is something else. The Z Camera on the LG G8 ThinQ brings forth AirMotion, which allows users to answer/ end calls, take screenshots, switch apps, and adjust volume with simple gestures. In fact, you can pretty much control your device without even having to actually touch it. This is bound to come in handy when your hands are wet and/or dirty, and you don’t want to place them on your smartphone.

LG G8 ThinQ specifications

Let’s take a look at what the LG G8 ThinQ offers, shall we? The device comes with a 6.1-inch QHD+ (1440×3120 pixels) OLED FullVision display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 564ppi pixel density. Under the hood, you’ll find the flagship Snapdragon 855 SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM. There 128GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). The LG G8 ThinQ also preserves the beloved 3.5mm headphone jack. The company has also included a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, with the device supporting DTS:X 3D Surround Sound.

As for camera optics, the device will be available in two variants depending on the market. One will come with a dual rear camera setup while the other will come with a triple rear camera setup. The standard package offers a dual camera setup of a 12MP f/1.5 primary sensor alongside a 16MP f/1.9 107-degree super wide-angle lens. In the other markets with a triple camera setup, you also get a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens. Up front, there’s an 8MP f/1.7 shooter coupled with the aforementioned ToF Z-camera. The entire device is juiced up by a 3,500mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

LG G8s ThinQ specifications

Apart from the LG G8 ThinQ, the company has also launched the LG G8s ThinQ. It is basically a slightly trimmed down version of the G8 ThinQ. It’ll come with a 6.2-inch full-HD+ display (not Quad HD). It also comes with a slightly trimmed down camera setup featuring a 13MP wide-angle lens + 12MP standard lens and a 12MP telephoto lens. Apart from that, it comes with the same Snapdragon 855 SoC with 6GB of RAM. The G8s also retains the 3D ToF Z camera up front for the AirMotion.

LG G8 ThinQ price and availability

The LG G8 ThinQ will be available in three colors, namely Carmine Red, New Aurora Black, and New Platinum Gray. As of now, the LG G8 ThinQ price and the LG G8s ThinQ price have not been revealed, nor have availability. 

Varun Mirchandani
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Varun is your go-to guy for everything related to technology. Someone with a keen interest in the Android world, he installs a new custom ROM every week and is always living on the bleeding edge of technology. When not writing for Mr. Phone, you can find him gaming on his beastly gaming rig which is also his prized possession.