LG G8S ThinQ 128GB black
For people seeking a more bespoke experience
Our LG G8S ThinQ review uncovers a premium smartphone that has an intriguing set of features that will entice consumers. Priced in the UK from £30.50 per month on a 24-month contract, this LG smartphone isn’t overly expensive, putting it within reach of most people.
The LG G8S ThinQ has a glorious 6.2” FHD+ FullVision OLED Display. This vivid display has a fine resolution of 2,248x 1,080 pixels (401 pixels per inch). The Always-on Display technology keeps you on top of crucial information and notifications.
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The toughened 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass gives a rich finish combined with quality metal sides. The body is rounded and refined for a better grip. This LG phone actually meets MIL-STD 810G standards, making it far more durable than most. IP68 certification denotes that the phone is water and dust resistant.
You can choose between New Aurora Black, Mirror Teal, or Mirror white. The phone is 7.99mm thick and isn’t excessively weighty at 181g.
The Qualcomm 855 2.84GHz quad-core processor with 6GB RAM uses smarter AI for its advantage. This smart AI delivers a longer battery life, 4K HDR visuals, real-time XR, and responsive multi-player gaming with Snapdragon Elite Gaming.
According to Qualcomm ‘players will game at the next echelon with smooth interactions, superior performance, blazing-fast response, incredible audio, cinema-quality graphics, and more.’
Phone Set Up
Multi ID brings of a trio of strong security options for your LG G8S ThinQ:
- 3D face recognition
- Hand ID - this is superior hand-vein recognition of your circulatory pattern, ideal for unlocking in the dark.
- Fingerprint recognition - with a sensor on the back.
The hardware behind these innovations is an IR (infrared) illuminator and ToF sensor for strong security.
LG Mobile Switch
The LG Mobile Switch app will let you bring over your old content and contacts, with ease. There is an already ample 128GB internal memory, that can be bolstered with an up to 2TB memory card.
Air Motion lets you engage with your LG G8S ThinQ without touching it. The IR (infrared) illuminator and ToF sensor is at work again giving you touch-free interactions. You can make hand motions above the sensor, such as a swipe, grab, pinch, or rotate.
This feature is ideal for when you have wet or dirty hands. You can answer calls, access favourite functions, increase the volume, take a screenshot, or turn off notifications.
The LG G8S ThinQ produces stereo sound using the top and bottom speakers, with crystal clear two-channel separation. Meridian Sound Tuning and DTS:X 3D surround widens the sound field to emulate the emotion of listening to a live show. There is a ten band equaliser and 13 presets, to help you find your ideal sound experience.
Android Pie and SmartWorld
The LG G8S ThinQ runs on Google’s Android 9 Pie operating system. This brings essential features such as Google Lens and the Google Assistant that can be activated with a press on the dedicated Google Assistant Key.
You can download new apps from the Google Play Store. You can also visit SmartWorld, for apps designed specifically for LG smartphones.
Features you will come to love include:
- A Floating Bar - access frequently used features
- Game Launcher – find all your games in one place and mute notifications
- LG Health
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Camera & Video
Triple camera with a twist
We love the fact that on the LG G8S ThinQ lets you shoot with all three lenses at once. The three camera lenses are:
2.13MP Super-wide - 136-degree field of view
Armed with three lenses, there is no lag or colour distortion when zooming. The Triple Preview option lets you select the best angle and the clever Triple Shot feature, stitches three photos together to create an animation.
Video Depth Control lets you blur the background and it keeps the image in sharp focus while creating a soft bokeh cinematic background. The AI CAM recognises scenes and objects, to ensure the settings are always optimised.
Further camera features of the LG G8S ThinQ include:
- Cine Shot - record a still shot while moving objects continue to move
- Night View
- YouTube Live
- Food, Slo-mo
- Flash Jump-Cut - a photo is taken every three seconds to create an animated GIF
- Burst Shot
The Z Camera has an 8MP selfie lens, paired up with the IR (infrared) illuminator and ToF sensor. This adds extraordinary depth and resolution to selfies and lets you do cool things such as customise the background and adjust lighting effects.
Studio-quality lighting allows you to add light from different angles. The Spotlight feature senses your facial curvature, to produce natural shadows and highlights. Further Z Camera tools include Makeup Pro for adjusting your skin tone, lip makeup, and eye makeup. You can have fun with Augmented Reality features such as My Avatar, AR Sticker, and AR Emoji.
Healthy battery capacity
The LG G8S ThinQ has a 3,550mAh battery, which is charged through the symmetrical USB Type-C cable. You can enjoy up to 150 hours of standby or up to 10 hours of talk time.
The phone supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging.
Written by: Michael Brown