MWC – The LG G8 and LG G8s

Last year things got a bit “weird” with the LG G7 here in Barcelona. It appeared, but apparently wasn’t mean to appear, and then things got a bit strange.

This year it seems a little better. There’s not one G8, but two. Both have the Thin Q name and both have advanced optics and audio capabilities. First up, the LG G8. It’s got a smooth rear with a camera that sits completely flush, and there’s a trick sound system which uses the screen as the speaker. LG here call it “Crystal Sound OLED” and it removes the need for a front speaker

For security LG have added something called “advanced palm vein authentication” with “Hand ID”. It is more secure than a fingerprint sensor uses the camera and infrared sensors to check the shape and thickness of the actual veins in the palm of your hand. Yeah, I know. Nuts huh?

We’ve not been able to test it as yet but you apparently just whack your hand in front of the front camera for a split second and boom – it’s unlocked.

The LG G8 has an advanced Z Camera which does some rather clever selfies by measures infrared rays. It’ll see you in 3D and can also do secure face unlock. Even with different lighting it’ll work. It measures the distance between you and the camera … in millimeters. This means that you get to control the background blur in a far more granular fashion.

There’s also a G8s which is to come later. This, despite the “s” moniker, will actually be slightly cheaper than the G8. Here’s the difference between the two.

Both the LG G8 ThinQ and the LG G8s ThinQ are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 CPU. They both have 6GB RAM, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and all the usual it. However, the LG G8 has a 6.1″ 19.5:9 QHD+ OLED FullVision (3120 x 1440 / 564ppi) screen, whereas the LG G8s has a 6.2″ 18.7:9 FHD+ OLED FullVision (2248 x 1080) unit. The storage on the G8 is 128GB with a microSD card, however the G8s gets either 64GB or 128GB depending on the model and seems to lack that storage card. The batteries are slightly different too, with a 3500mAh in the G8 and a 3,350mAh battery in the G8s.

Camera-wise, the G8 has a 16 megapixel Super Wide (F1.9 / 1.0μm / 107˚), 12 megapixel Standard (F1.5 / 1.4μm / 78˚) and a 12 megapixel Telephoto (F2.4 / 1.0μm / 45˚). There’s an 8 megaxpixel Z Camera up front. That same Z Camera is on the G8s but on the back it’s a different story – a 13 megapixel Wide, and 12 megapixel Standard and a 12 megapixel Telephoto.

The LG G8 ThinQ will be available in Carmine Red, New Aurora Black and New Moroccan Blue. It has IP68 water and dust resistance and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Technology.

We’re going to be taking a closer look at the G8 later in the week.

We have now been able to get a closer look at the G8 in person and here are some of the pictures of it in the hand