LG G8s ThinQ 

price₹ 35,990 onwards

launchSep, 2019

56.7

excellence score

54.7

value for money score

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2-Minute Review

Let's cut through the noise, and get to the crux of it. 8 Expert Reviews analysed and summarised by the PhoneCurry Editorial Team, in a short and sweet 2-minute review.

Design

  • Looks trendy (albeit some might find it too shiny and gaudy)
  • Dedicated Google Assistant button
  • Water & dust resistant (IP68 rated)
  • Super-wide notch is almost a bezel in itself

Display

  • Very good OLED display, overall
  • The display tends to be a bit dull in strong sunlight though - so sunlight legibility is not particularly good

Software

  • LG's custom launcher is relatively simple
  • Having said that, the custom UI hasn't substantially changed in quite some time - it makes for an ok, 'nothing-special' software experience
  • The key USPs of the LG G8s Thinq - HandID (unlocking the phone by waving your palm in front of the front camera), and Air Gestures (shortcuts that work again on the same principle) don't work too well - they look like they need a lot more work before they are ready for prime time

Performance

  • Flagship grade performance with the speed beast Snapdragon 855 at the core - everything from daily use to complex games, is a breeze

Camera

  • Good triple rear camera setup (12MP f/1.8 standard lens, 12MP f/2.6 telephoto lens and 13MP f/2.4 136 degree ultrawide lens) - offers plenty of flexibility for shot framing, and reasonably good quality for the price bracket
  • Apart from the selfie camera in the front, you have an additional ToF camera - the kind of controls the LG G8S ThinQ offers with the front camera are insane - there is a full studio mode along with the regular portrait mode - where the studio mode goes one step beyond others is in its ability to move the light source in the photo around to suit your mood - overall the G8S ThinQ selfie experience is one of the best on any smartphone
  • Low-light performance could have been better

Audio

  • Excellent stereo speakers - you get solid sound with more stereo separation than you'd think possible on a device this size - it's really very good

Battery

  • Decent battery life with a 3500mAh battery - you will get a full day of use (though many competitors do better in this regard)
  • Support for fast charging, wireless charging

Verdict

  • Overall, the G8s ThinQ is a decent phone, but not a very good one - it especially fails to deliver on it's key 'Air motion' USPs - in a market with many great 'budget flagships' (Redmi K20 Pro, Asus 6Z, OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7T), it will find it very tough to compete

Expert Reviews

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  1. Out of date
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A decent device for its price
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A unique smartphone experience that ticks all the boxes and gives some features which others don’t have
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. LG's lower-cost flagship has impressive overall performance, but its insistence on extra gimmicks doesn't do it any favours in the competitive premium phone space
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  5. Could be considered for its comprehensive imaging capabilities and sleek performance....However, its dated design and small screen estate might irk some
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Overpriced ...there are better options at this price in the Indian market
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. An innovative smartphone that has joined the party late...still, decent value for money
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »

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LG G8s ThinQ Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.21 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2248 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
NotchYes
Display Features
  • DCI-P3 100%
  • HDR10
  • Dolby Vision
  • Always-on display
  • Palm Rejection
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Barometer
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.84 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 640
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 2 TB
Battery
Battery Capacity3550 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 18W Quick Charge 3.0, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight181 gmMedium
Thickness7.99 mmMedium
Width76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera13MP + 12MP +12MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 27mm Focal Length; 1.4um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS
  • 12MP: F/2.6 Aperture; 49mm Focal Length (Telephoto); 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF; 2x Optical Zoom
  • 13MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 14mm Focal Length (Ultrawide); 1.0um Pixel Size
  • HDR
  • Panorama
  • Video: 2160p@30/60fps; 1080p@30/60fps; 1080p@240fps
  • Video HDR
  • 24-bit/192kHz Stereo sound rec.
  • EIS
  • Graphy 2.0
  • Night View
  • Spotlight
  • Studio
  • Portrait mode
  • Cine Shot
  • Live Photo
  • Video Portrait
  • HDR10 Video Recording
  • Cine Effect
  • Time-Lapse Video
Secondary Camera8MP + 3D TOF Camera
Secondary Camera Features
  • 8MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1.12um Pixel Size; AF
  • TOF 3D camera: F/1.4 Aperture
  • Display Flash
  • HDR
  • Story Shot
  • Gesture Shot
  • Auto Shot
  • Beauty Shot
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO
CompassYes
DLNAYes
NFCYes
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Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Water ResistantYes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Dust ResistantYes
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • Hand ID (Hand Recognition Unlock)
  • Military Grade Compliant (MIL-STD-810G)
  • Wireless charging
  • Air Motion (Hands-free Gestures)
  • Google Assistant Key
  • Knock Code
  • DAC
  • DTS: X Surround Sound
  • Miracast, MIDI

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