MWC 2019: First look at LG G8 and V50 ThinQ ThinQ 5G — not like all

Mobile division of LG company in recent years is going through hard times, but it is not going to just give up. The Korean manufacturer continues to introduce new smartphones at the Mobile World Congress this year he brought two new flagship: the G8 and V50 ThinQ ThinQ 5G. Already see, the thing last, right?

And just wanted to say that this is a very controversial device. At first glance they look like quite a good flagships with powerful hardware and even with a claim to innovation,

which nobody else is offering. Externally, the novelty was also quite attractive. In the style of previous LG smartphones, but few others.

But as you know, the devil is in the details. And when they begin to study the new LG closer, raises a number of questions. In particular, about those very innovations. So to clearly answer the question of what we are offering LG actually, I failed. Let’s try to find the answer together.


First, let’s talk about the similarities of both new and will start, of course, design. Smartphones LG G8 and V50 ThinQ ThinQ 5G made in the same style and overall very similar to each other. V50 is only slightly larger than his brother. Unfortunately, they were located on different racks, so to compare them side by side was not possible.

Both models are made in the now traditional “sandwich” of aluminum frame, enclosed between two glass panels. Used resistant to impact and scratch-resistant glass Gorilla glass 5. Looks very nice, but collects fingerprints perfectly. In fact, as all other smart phones with a glass back panel.

Smartphone LG ThinQ G8 will be available in red (Carmine Red), black (New Aurora Black), and blue (New Moroccan Blue) colors. In turn, LG ThinQ 5G V50 has only been presented in black color.

We would like to note that, as all the recent flagships of LG, the new items meet the MIL-STD-810G. This means that they are resistant to some shocks and falls. But, of course, to throw smartphones at the LG booth, we did not, I’m afraid we might be misunderstood. Also, the new flagship of LG are protected against dust and moisture according to the standard IP68.

LG ThinQ G8 with a different number of rear cameras

On the rear panel G8 LG ThinQ is a fingerprint scanner, as well as a double or triple chamber. Yes, LG will release two versions of the device for different regions. Some of them will be sold in Russia, so far unknown. In turn, V50 ThinQ 5G has a triple camera and the fingerprint scanner.

The location of buttons and connectors on the side faces of the flagship LG is the same. On the left is the lock button and volume buttons, and the right – a tray for SIM-card and a button to call the “Google Assistant”. On the bottom there is the USB Type-C, and argues that here is a USB version 3.1. Do note that LG did not remove the 3.5 mm headphone Jack.


Despite the difference in size, both smartphone has a OLED display with a resolution of 3120 × 1440 pixels, which support extended dynamic range (HDR10) and should 100 % cover the color space DCI-P3. LG ThinQ G8 has received a screen diagonal of 6.1 inches, while the LG ThinQ 5G V50 used a 6.4-inch display.

LG V50 ThinQ 5G

Each of the smartphone, the display is in the upper part possesses the most notorious of the “bangs”. LG ThinQ 5G V50 here is the dual front facing camera and earpiece. LG ThinQ G8 only “frontalka”, which is also double, but otherwise — here we have used ToF-camera for gesture control, but more on this below.

LG ThinQ G8

Externally, the displays look quite good. As expected OLED, picture contrast and juicy colors. However, on first and on second glance it seems that the display lacks brightness. Even at maximum brightness the picture at the stand looked dim. And what would be in the bright sun? I hope to release LG will correct this flaw.

It is worth noting that the G8 ThinQ LG display also plays a role dynamics. That is, the panel display is able to resonate, thereby creating a sound — the sound was stereo. However, to fully evaluate this technology as part of the stand did not work, there is still too loud. By the way, when conversation the sound is generated through vibration of the display.

Hardware component

As the basis and ThinQ LG G8, and LG V50 ThinQ 5G is the new 7-nm single-chip platform Snapdragon 855. Here we are offered eight cores Kryo 485, divided into three clusters. The most productive has a single core with a frequency of 2.84 GHz, the average includes three cores with a frequency of 2.42 GHz, and offers four energy-efficient cores with a frequency of 1.8 GHz. For graphics processing meets the GPU Adreno 640.

In the case of LG ThinQ 5G V50 CPU complemented by a separate Qualcomm modem X50, which ensures operation of mobile networks of the fifth generation. The RAM size of the novelties was the same at 6 GB. For data storage provides for 128 GB memory which can be supplemented with memory cards microSD up to 512GB. In General, there is nothing extraordinary.

5G — our everything!

For Autonomous operation meets the G8 LG ThinQ battery 3500 mAh, while the larger LG ThinQ 5G V50 got the battery on 4000 mA·h. In both cases supported fast charging technology Quick Charge 3.0 power up to 18 watts. And the V50 model LG ThinQ 5G supports Qi wireless charging with maximum power to 10 watts.

Note that LG took care of the sound quality. Both smartphones have a 32-bit digital to analogue Converter Quad DAC Hi-Fi. In fact, LG uses it is not the first year. Even LG has implemented support for surround sound technologies DTS: X Surround Sound for headphones.


LG ThinQ 5G V50 is equipped with a PV panel with three cameras. The main one is built on a 12-MP image sensor has optics with an aperture of f/1.5, and also has optical image stabilization. It is supplemented by a 12-MP sensor with a telephoto lens, for double the zoom without loss of quality. Here, we note, also has optical stabilization. The third chamber is constructed of 16-megapixels sensor and a wide-angle lens with angle of view of 107 degrees. Nearby and led flash.

Standard optics | Telephoto | Wide angle optics

Front camera here, as mentioned above, a double. It is built on the 8-Megapixel sensor with a standard lens and a 5MP sensor with wide-angle lens. This approach should in theory make it easier to blur the background in a selfie. In addition, the wide angle lens will allow you to capture more space in the frame.

Not to get the LG ThinQ G8 proved to be very difficult

That to the rear camera LG ThinQ G8, there may be two, maybe three. In different countries will be sold a different version. In the case of triple chamber it is exactly the same as the above V50 ThinQ 5G. A version with dual camera just deprived of the module with a telephoto lens. Note that, besides taking a photo with a blur background, LG has implemented the ability to record videos with blurred background. However, to test this function we have failed.

LG ThinQ G8 is the rare case when the front camera is much more interesting back. Then used a bunch of the usual 8-Megapixel sensor and a time-of-flight ToF camera. For latest LG came up with several use cases. First, it helps to recognize the user’s face to unlock the phone. And I would like to clarify that the ToF camera has to work faster than the system Face ID with the infrared projector from Apple. Check out this are already in the full review.

But what is more interesting and is supported very unusual technology for unlocking the vascular pattern of the palm of the user Hand which is called ID. That is, the camera is able to recognize the figure, all lines and veins on the palm, which is unique to each person. Very interesting, but hardly very practical. Face or finger to unlock the phone somehow familiar. By the way, LG claims that the LG ThinQ G8 can be unlocked and dirty hand.

Also ToF camera allows you to control certain functions of the smartphone using gestures. For this the user needs to bring the hand to the front camera smartphone at a distance of about 10 to 30 centimeters. After the smartphone “sees” the hand he offered to run one of two applications specified by the user in advance. I showed the start of the audio, which also gestures, turning the hand clockwise or counterclockwise, you can adjust the volume.

Also gestures can answer calls, waving his arm to one side or the other, or to take screenshots. I think LG have made a very great potential in this technology, although for many it will seem strange. But the idea is pretty interesting and works, I must say, very good. That is the hand “finds” quickly and picks up gestures very accurately. The main thing — to prilovchitsya and do not forget to keep a hand in front of the camera.


And a few words I would like to say about the accessories for the new smartphones. Or rather, a case with additional screen for LG V50 ThinQ 5G. The case connects to the smartphone via three contacts on the back side of the device and adds a second display, so the smartphone looks like a very compact laptop. The second display has a diagonal of 6.2 inches and a resolution of 2160 × 1080 pixels.

Overall the idea is very good, and there are many options to use a second display. For example, you can display it on the app for taking notes and on the main keyboard, making typing becomes much easier. LG has implemented another interesting possibility — on a single display, you start the game, and the other displays the virtual controller. Moreover, there are several versions for various games. And of course, the second display is useful for work with several applications simultaneously. For example, one screen displays a browser, and the other is YouTube, or something else. Or, you can open two pages at once in the browser.

However, there are some disadvantages. The main one — additional display was of lower quality than the screen of the smartphone. And it’s not even the resolution. The eye shows that he has a different color. And when we took the photo of the device it turned out that the extra screen different refresh rate. Also the disadvantage, in my opinion, is the inability to adjust the position of the second screen. It can either be locked at an angle of about 90 degrees, or open at 180 degrees. Intermediate options there.

So a smartphone case looks from the outside

Oh yeah, on the outside of the case there is no second display. It’s just glass or plastic. Yes, LG has decided to release the cover lid from not the most reliable material. A very strange decision. By the way, the case adds to smartphone weight, and a significant, more than 100 grams. And the thickness becomes significantly higher.


Having reached this stage of writing, I was not able to understand what happened at LG. On the one hand, the fault almost to nothing. Wants, on the contrary, traditionally praised for the bold decisions, the implementation of various unusual technologies, and, at first glance, the implementation of quality.

But, on the other hand, with the same gestural controls most users will only treat some time and will continue to use your smartphone the old fashioned way. Well, at least the ToF-camera can be used for facial recognition or palm. But the last again is not very practical solution that few people will use.

As for the sound through the screen, it is quite an interesting technology that requires more careful study. For example, what happens if you put the smartphone face down? Unfortunately, this and other questions can answer only full-scale testing.

Overall, the LG turned out very interesting smartphones. However, those innovations that LG ThinQ implemented in the G8, in my opinion, a little applicable in practice. Although, I could be wrong, and after some time we will all be waving over smartphones. The innovation of LG ThinQ 5G V50, which is to support 5G and strange case with screen is also quite controversial. Well, only time will tell, will cause these solutions to real interest among users.


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