The LG G8 Assessment: Strong, However Not Nice

A number of years in the past, LG was broadly thought-about one of many high manufacturers for smartphones, which fought alongside Samsung and comparable firms like HTC for Marketshare. In recent times, nonetheless, LG has had a fairly tough time, was unable to ship differentiating merchandise, and typically missed essential fundamentals in a smartphone. The result’s dwindling market shares fairly than glorious monetary studies.

At this time, the brand new LG G8 ThinQ is the most recent model of LG. It brings the most recent applied sciences to the desk and enhances final 12 months's mannequin. For the G8, be aware that LG is now not positioning the cellphone as its flagship product, a place that’s now formally a part of the V sequence such because the upcoming V50 .

The G8 is subsequently not attempting to be revolutionary, however focuses on enhancing a few of the core elements of its smartphone, with some gimmicks used to distinguish itself. A very powerful distinction for the G8 is arguably the primary cellphone within the sequence to function an OLED display screen, a major shift from LG's earlier product segmentation between the G and V-series.

LG G8 ThinkQ


Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
1x Cryo 485 (Cortex-A76) @ 2.84 GHz
three × Cryo 485 (Cortex-A76) @ 2.42 GHz [194590084xCryo485Cortex-A55)@180GHz

Adreno 640 @ 585MHz

6.1 "OLED
3120 x 1440 (19.5: 9)


128 GB

151.9 x 71.eight x eight.Four mm

167 g

battery capability

Wi-fi charging

Reversing Cameras

12MP 1.4μm Twin-Pixel PDAF
1: 1.5 OIS
27mm Eq. (78 °) angle

16MP um
1: 1.9 fastened focus
16 mm Eq. (107 °) angle

Entrance digital camera
8MP 1.22 um

I / O
three.5 mm Headphone jack

Wi-fi (native)
802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth LE

Single SIM / Twin Hybrid relying available on the market

beginning worth
$ 619 – $ 849 relying on the provider and variant

The brand new LG G8 ThinQ has the most recent elements for 2019, together with the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. As will be seen in our Galaxy S10 take a look at the brand new SoC delivers excellent efficiency and power effectivity, and we count on no much less from the brand new G8.

LG makes the selection of storage and storage choices straightforward: The G8 has solely a 6 GB RAM and 128 GB NAND (UFS 2.1) reminiscence variant and dispenses with up-selling fashions. As an alternative, the microSD function makes use of extra space for storing. Final 12 months's G7 additionally had a 64 GB storage possibility, which in my view was not sufficient for everybody, however the brand new 128 GB base possibility ought to fulfill the good majority of customers who use energy customers for video recording.

After we launch the brand new LG G8 towards final 12 months's G7, we see very comparable designs, however the design of the brand new mannequin is refined:

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G8 towards G7

LG has determined to proceed to make use of a show notch for the G8. Nonetheless, this 12 months the corporate changed the handset with a brand new time-of-flight (ToF) sensor. LG makes use of the ToF sensor in a singular approach and permits Minority Report-like navigation and management actions whenever you maintain your hand in entrance of the display screen, together with the choice to unlock the cellphone utilizing the Palm vein detection.

The most important change between G7 and G8 just isn’t instantly seen from a distance: the show panel know-how. The show has the identical decision of 6.1 inches (3120 x 1440) and the identical options as its predecessor (19.5: 9), however it’s now an OLED panel as a substitute of the RGBW LCD display screen of the previous 12 months.

As talked about, that is the very first LG G-series OLED cellphone, a function previously devoted to sure sequence (Flex lineup) or the newer V-series fashions. That troubled me in regards to the G8, as LG's story was fairly soiled with cellular OLED screens: the Flex Collection shows have been grainy disasters, whereas subsequent gadgets just like the V30 had giant manufacturing variations, leading to seen bumps within the display screen. The V40 of the previous 12 months had good show traits, however the cellphone was affected by disagreeable energy consumption, which I in the end needed to attribute to the show, as we famous an analogous deterioration on telephones from different producers that selected LG shows. Nonetheless, the latter drawback has been discovered on the LCD G7, which has largely eradicated the advantages of the power effectivity of the RGBW show at decrease ranges of brightness.

Given the corporate's historical past of cellular OLED screens, this can be very essential for LG to correctly tune the G8 show, as it’s a essential issue on the coronary heart of the cellphone and a significant factor within the Web's battery life.

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The G8 has the identical type issue as its predecessor, and the again of the telephones is made of comparable glass plates. LG determined to make use of a rear capacitive fingerprint sensor that also works nice. LG would have opted for an optical front-screen sensor, however for my part just isn’t a giant drawback for the cellphone.

What just isn’t immediately seen within the comparisons is one other inner design change: The brand new G8 will increase the battery capability from 3000 mAh on the G7 to a brand new module with 3500 mAh, which is a rise of 16%. This was a significant concern for the G7, which had decreased its capability over the G6's 3300 mAh. So it's good that LG picks up this distinction once more and provides it.

Nonetheless, the battery cost has not been compromised, as the brand new cellphone at eight.Four is barely stronger than final 12 months (7.9 mm). For the ergonomics this isn’t an issue, for the reason that phone with 71,eight mm width has a smaller type issue. Nonetheless, the rise is straight away noticeable, particularly since LG has determined to cut back the curvature of the again glass and to thicken the perimeters of the brand new cellphone much more, even when the brand new curvature of the entrance show glass is taken into consideration. Once more, this isn’t a problem for me, but it surely feels much less worthwhile than different new, sleeker designs from the competitors.

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The most important design change of the G8 is digital camera alignment and housing. Plainly the elevated thickness of the brand new cellphone has enabled LG to make the cameras flush with the again glass. In actual fact, the rear glass serves as a glass protector for the cameras. When it comes to design, this seems to be nice and is a singular function that we’ve not seen on smartphones for some years (Pixel 1, if I'm not mistaken). It must be famous that this flush design is interrupted by the LED flash, which has a cutout within the glass, and naturally the fingerprint sensor.

Though the brand new design seems to be good, I’ve considerations about reliability: for the reason that again glass serves as safety for the digital camera, it implies that the cameras are simply as vulnerable to scratches as the remainder of the cellphone, as it isn’t Case is. They’ve an elevated bodily protecting barrier (metallic edge) or a hardened firmer glass from the remainder of the cellphone. Minor scratches could not seem in digital camera photographs apart from mild artifacts in low mild circumstances. Nonetheless, let's hope that customers is not going to get main scratches proper in entrance of the digital camera modules.

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Relating to the cameras themselves, LG does some regional mannequin segmentation. MWC's G8 was launched as a Triple Digicam Cellphone with twin digital camera fashions for particular areas. In the long run, the triple digital camera model appears to have landed solely in Korea, because the US and Europe appear to get the twin digital camera model, reminiscent of our take a look at mannequin. That is certainly the aggressive drawback for the G8, particularly contemplating the most recent flagships from Samsung and Huawei, that are outfitted with three cameras. Stranger is that the Korean G8 doesn’t compromise on its specification with its triple-camera setup wherever, and nonetheless gives comparable full MSRPs. I solely want LG had gone international with the complete digital camera setup.

The wide-angle sensor appears to be the identical because the G7, a 16MP-1-μm sensor with a f / 1.9 lens (107 °). The principle sensor is the place the place LG makes main adjustments to the G7, as the brand new cellphone is supplied with the identical 12 MP 1.Four-μm sensor and a f / 1.5 lens with 78 ° digital camera , the place OIS was first launched within the V40.

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On the left facet of the cellphone, you'll discover the 2 quantity buttons plus a devoted Google Assistant button. On the proper facet you’ll discover the on / off swap and a large SIM / microSD compartment. It must be famous that in some markets the cellphone is obtainable in a dual-SIM variant with a hybrid SIM / μSD slot because the second slot.

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Talking of the speaker, we talked about that LG picked up the cellphone. Nonetheless, this doesn’t imply that the cellphone is proscribed to the decrease speaker. Underneath the show at in regards to the top beneath the rear cameras we discover a new piezoelectric exciter that vibrates the display screen meeting, which in flip serves as a speaker. The implementation of LG is surprisingly good, although inferior to a devoted, high-performance earphone. Extra importantly, the brand new speaker beneath the display screen now serves because the second speaker for stereo playback, a large enchancment over final 12 months's Mono G7.

General, the brand new design of the G8 just isn’t groundbreaking. LG has functionally improved the G7 design and has stayed true to it. It's truly unusual that I do not need an excessive amount of to say in regards to the design of the cellphone, and if I needed to criticize one thing, it’s that it appears very conservative than a few of the newer, extra thrilling contests.

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