LG G8s ThinQ Review – A few months later than the competition, LG G8s ThinQ is also on the market, the new flagship of the South Korean home launched simultaneously with LG V50 ThinQ 5G ( which we have already reviewed ).
With this smartphone, LG is focusing on several sensors inserted in the notch, a bit intrusive, used for the so-called Air Gesture and 3D face recognition. Was it a winning strategy? We tell you everything in our review.
Design & Ergonomics
It is a little different from the usual LG G8s smartphones, already at a glance, you notice how it is slightly wider and lower than the average, which sees the devices get longer and longer, up to the limit case of Sony Xperia 1. This characteristic makes it vaguely resemble an iPhone XR, perhaps also due to the abundant front notch that does not leave much room for interpretation.
The notch for many has become the cornerstone of scandal as if it were now an element surpassed by holes and full screen with pop-up cameras, true, but you always have to understand what you put into the notch and on this G8s ThinQ there are several useful sensors.
Speaking of sensors, we will tackle the topic of safety and breakouts in the next section, let’s go back a bit first and talk about design, this one surpassed, with thick front frames and a slightly anonymous back, with that fingerprint reader that doesn’t it is more suited to a top of the range.
I think of products like LG V30 and V40 (review), gems from the aesthetic point of view, but here LG did the homework but you can’t say that it was generous with creativity.
On the other hand, handling the 181 grams of LG G8s conveys a great solidity and expertise in the assembly, it is IP68 certified, with a beautiful aluminum frame and glass back.
A mention for the display, at the top, a 6.21-inch FullHD that makes a beautiful impression in all light conditions, will not be a QHD but these LG OLEDs have made great strides in the last 2 years and now they also hold to the proverbial Dynamic Amoled of the latest Galaxy S10.
LG G8s ThinQ has two faces, on one side the LG UX software that does not fully convince, on the other hand, some innovative technical solutions that make it more interesting than the average.
Starting from the less good news, at least 3 years I see LG’s software always equal to itself, not particularly taken care of graphically, with the usual functions and some apps that should be updated, the gallery on all.
It cannot be said that LG UX has problems, but in many small aspects, it is not practical (trivially the steps to share a photo) and gives you the impression of being unintuitive.
For example, there are no complete gestures other than the basic ones of Android Pie, lack of recognition gestures and multitasking with fluctuating applications, on the other hand with G8s there are also more interesting features such as game space, double account for a social app, screen recording and Air Motion.
In particular, the latter uses the front sensors positioned in the notch, in particular, a TOF and an IR emitter.
LG G8s can “see” in front of him in 3 dimensions, thus recognizing the user’s face (just like iPhone X and later), interpreting the movements of the hand positioned at a certain distance and uniquely recognizing the user by reading the vein map on the palm of your hand (fantastic!)
The simplest function is also the one that I liked the most, the unlocking with face recognition in 3D, is safe and fast, it works in all environmental conditions and for this, it is extremely practical.
Going with order the unlocking with recognition of the vein map is fun but after 2 times I abandoned it, you have to put your hand at the right distance, in the right place and remain still for a few moments, because having to put all this effort in the middle according to the phone could recognize your face?
Finally, Air Motion, which is also a nice idea but to control the volume and multimedia content by twisting your hand over the phone is a bit too strange for my taste, it may be useful if you have dirty hands while you are cooking, but you need to be too precise in the movements and practicality goes into cavalry.
For the record, once you have registered your hand, it will be enough to position it at about 20 cm from the TOF sensor to activate the front camera and the IR emitter, at this point the smartphone will track your movements in real-time, you can rotate clockwise and counterclockwise the hand to raise and lower the volume, closed fist to take a screenshot and move left and right to activate some operations.
We change the subject by making a quick reference to the telephone and multimedia part, but for the reception of the signal, the enjoyment with multimedia content is excellent, especially thanks to two rather powerful speakers and the presence of the 3.5 mm audio jack port.
Data in hand are not very many tops of the line really convincing from this point of view, well that LG has decided not to betray its peculiarities of always, giving up the renounceable Quad DAC.
LG G8s ThinQ offers 3 rear cameras that cover all shooting needs, standard, telephoto and wide-angle.
Going with the order we find a main 12 MP F / 1.8 with the stabilized lens, a 2X telephoto lens again 12 MP F / 2.6 but not stabilized and a wide-angle 13 MP F / 2.4.
Front panel 8 MP F / 1.9, to which is added the TOF sensor also useful in photography.
Really not bad the performance of this smartphone, the trio is tested but compared to the recent LG V40, you lose the stabilization on the telephoto lens and the wide-angle drops in resolution, goodbye also to the double aperture of the standard camera.
In short, it is a step below the last flagship, on the other hand, LG has not hidden from having reserved the top of the components for the flagship model LG V50 5G (review).
In reality, what the technical sheet says has limited feedback in the field test, telephoto photos are slightly less well and wide-angle lenses are slightly less clear, but the distance with LG’s higher devices is minimal.
Sometimes the LG G8s tends to cool the image a bit too much and the processing pushes the sharpness forward, we would have preferred a more natural approach to colors and contrasts.
At night, some problems of noise management, although not dramatic, but the night mode is a bit limiting (4 MP photos) and you can hear the gap with some competitors, Samsung, and Huawei in the first place.
Good macros and positive judgment also on selfies, also thanks to the TOF sensor which allows a better 3D face mapping for a realistic and active bokeh effect even in video recording.
As always convincing videos, combined optical and digital stabilization works fine and the detail is not missing.
Battery & Autonomy
The 3500 mAh battery is average, LG does not trust to insert high-density modules so you have to deal with energy savings if the use is very intense.
We have always managed to close a full day of use, but often just right, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors during the day, with maximum brightness.
We are at the final stages of the review of LG G8 ThinQ, a smartphone proposed for 769 Euro list.
A good product, expensive but not so much thinking about the list of competitors like Galaxy S10 + or Huawei P30 Pro.
Technically it is keeping pace with the competition, but it has not managed to fully capture our attention, perhaps for the design that is now outdated, those functions a bit strange related to TOF and perhaps because he lacks something in the photographic sector.
LG has again managed to “make 30 but not 31” as if every time there was something about which the company lost its beauty, but in the meantime, we monitor the price, because within a few months it could start to be with interesting offers.