LG Electronics (LG) seeks to capture the imaginations of consumers the world over at Mobile World Congress 2019 with the simultaneous unveiling of its newest G and V series flagship smartphones. Held at the Center de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona, LG introduced the new LG G8ThinQ, alongside its first 5G phone, LG V50ThinQ 5G.

LG G8ThinQ

LG G8 ThinQ Smartphone

LG G8ThinQ carries the tradition of offering consumers worldwide a palette of convenience-enhancing features with a focus on delivering advanced optics and audio capabilities. What’s more, the subtle, understated design philosophy that discards all nonessential design elements gives the LG G8ThinQ an undeniably stylish appearance. Flawless aesthetics are not limited to the front of the device as its zero-protrusion rear camera creates a satisfyingly smooth surface. Crystal Sound OLED, an audio advancement that uses the smartphone’s display as a speaker diaphragm, eliminates the need for a front speaker, adding to the minimalist aesthetic.

LG G8 ThinQ is the world’s first smartphone with advanced palm vein authentication, made possible by the combination of the Z Camera backed up by ToF technology. LG’s Hand ID identifies owners by recognizing the shape, thickness and other individual characteristics of the veins in the palms of their hands. Simply placing a pre-registered hand in front of the front-facing camera for a split second is all it takes to unlock the LG G8 ThinQ and all its content. Since ToF technology in LG’s Z Camera sees objects in 3D and is not affected by ambient light, accuracy is unaffected by light from external sources. Further, two-dimensional images of the face cannot be used to unlock the phone since photographs have no depth. With multiple forms of biometric authentication, LG is delivering more options for smartphone security than any other manufacturer, allowing consumers to choose which option is most convenient for them.

The Z Camera is also implemented to advance the user experience with Air Motion gesture recognition. Without ever touching the phone – useful in scenarios like cooking or cleaning – users can answer or end calls, take screenshots, switch between applications or adjust the volume. Controlling the LG G8ThinQ is as simple as waving a hand or swiping the air, adding convenience to consumers who are increasingly doing more at home and on-the-go.

Video Portrait makes its debut on the LG G8ThinQ, giving users control of bokeh while filming a video in Portrait Mode with the rear camera. By analyzing distance and depth with Dual FOV technology, users can capture exactly what they see making it possible to produce videos that look incredibly polished and professional.

Beyond optics, LG G8ThinQ excels when it comes to multimedia performance as the first G series device from LG to feature OLED display technology. The large QHD+ FullVision Display measures 6.1-inches with 564 pixels per inch, allowing for an incredible amount of detail.

High-end sound comes standard with LG smartphones and the LG G8ThinQ is no exception, with the bass-loving Boombox Speaker now capable of stereo output. Realistic surround sound is made possible with DTS:X, while a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC delivers unmatched sound details. LG G8ThinQ also supports Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) technology, allowing for compressed high-resolution audio streaming without compromising sound quality. Tuned in collaboration with Meridian Audio, LG G8ThinQ is a worthy addition to LG’s legacy of audio excellence.

Product Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform
  • Display: 6.1-inch 19.5:9 QHD+ OLED FullVision (3120 x 1440 / 564ppi)
  • Memory: 6GB RAM / 128GB ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera:

–  Rear
16MP Wide (F1.9 / 1.0μm / 107˚)
12MP Standard (F1.5 / 1.4μm / 78˚)
12MP Telephoto (F2.4 / 1.0μm / 45˚)

–  Front
8MP Standard (F1.7 / 1.22μm / 80˚)
Z Camera (ToF)

  • Battery: 3500mAh
  • Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Size: 151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4mm
  • Weight: 167g
  • Network: 3G / 4G LTE-A
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5.0 / NFC / USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Compatible)
  • Biometrics: Hand ID / Face Unlock / Fingerprint Sensor
  • Colours: Carmine Red / New Aurora Black / New Platinum Gray
  • Other: Boombox Speaker + Crystal Sound OLED Stereo Speaker / AI CAM / Google Lens / Google Assistant / Super Far-Field Voice Recognition / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / DTS:X 3D Surround Sound / IP68 Water and Dust Resistance / HDR10 / Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 Technology / MIL-STD 810G Compliance / FM Radio

LG G8sThinQ

Another member of LG’s G family will be available in the months following MWC for markets seeking something unique in a package that offers a premium fit and finish without sacrificing performance or the premium essentials that make the LG G8ThinQ so special. The LG G8sThinQ features Qualcomm’s fast Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform mated to a vibrant 6.2-inch OLED display powered by a robust 3,350mAh battery. Three rear-facing cameras, dedicated night shot mode and low-light HDR technology make this device a content creation powerhouse while Z Camera allows for enhanced security with Hand ID and Face Unlock. Air Motion, precise depth-of-field and stereo speakers round out the package that is bound to appeal to customers looking for a G8 experience at a competitive price.

Product Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform
  • Display: 6.2-inch 18.7:9 FHD+ OLED FullVision (2248 x 1080)
  • Memory: 6GB RAM / 64GB or 128GB
  • Camera:

–  Rear
13MP Wide
12MP Standard
12MP Telephoto

–  Front
8MP Standard
Z Camera (ToF Technology)

  • Battery: 3550mAh
  • Other: Hand ID / Face Unlock / Air Motion / Stereo Speakers

LG V50ThinQ 5G

LG V50 ThinQ 5G

Giving consumers the ability to enjoy all 5G has to offer as soon as service becomes available, the groundbreaking LG V50ThinQ 5G has been carefully crafted to provide an exceptional user experience. LG’s first 5G handset will exceed expectations, allowing users to experience high-quality content at 5G speeds.

LG has gone all out to boost the display and audio performance of LG V50ThinQ 5G so consumers can enjoy more immersive content as they watch more and play more on 5G. A 6.4-inch QHD+ OLED FullVision Display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio offers users an immersive experience whether they’re viewing a video or enjoying a game. Plus, with DTS:X technology onboard, LG V50ThinQ 5G provides a surround sound experience that enhances the content quality to create a realistic soundscape with suburb clarity and depth.

LG’s 5G smartphone features optical innovations that enable users to take extraordinary pictures and videos of the highest quality. Looking beyond still images, LG implemented Portrait Video in both the front and rear cameras, building on video bokeh effect found on the rear camera of the LG G8ThinQ.

LG’s first 5G device is powered by the newest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform, with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements and LG’s optimized software to deliver the advanced processing power required for 5G. The Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform also provides breakthrough Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performance by including the Qualcomm® WCN3998, an integrated 2×2 Wi-Fi 6-ready and Bluetooth 5 mobile connectivity chipset offering fast, security-rich and robust connected experiences. The phone is also equipped with a 4,000mAh battery and a new Vapor Chamber heat-dissipation system which helps to keep internal temperatures low and support sustained apps processing performance – even when multitasking.

Inheriting the V series’ thin, stylish design, the LG V50ThinQ 5G is just 8.3 millimetres thin and weighs only 183 grams. To maintain its sleek profile with uninterrupted lines, the rear lens housing is completely flush with the back of the phone. This engineering is achieved without sacrificing durability as LG V50 ThinQ is compliant with U.S. military MIL-STD 810G standards.

Product Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform
  • Display: 6.4-inch 19.5:9 QHD+ OLED FullVision (3120 x 1440 / 564ppi)
  • Memory: 6GB RAM / 128GB ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera:

–  Rear
16MP Wide (F1.9 / 1.0μm / 107˚)
12MP Standard (F1.5 / 1.4μm / 78˚)
12MP Telephoto (F2.4 / 1.0μm / 47˚)

–  Front
8MP Standard (F1.9 / 1.12μm / 80˚)
5MP Wide (F2.2 / 1.0μm / 90˚)

  • Battery: 4000mAh
  • Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Size: 159.2 x 76.1 x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 183g
  • Network: 3G / 4G LTE-A / 5G
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5.0 / NFC / USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Compatible)
  • Colors: Astro Black
  • Other: Full-range Stereo Speakers / Boombox Speaker / AI CAM / Google Lens / Google Assistant / Super Far Field Voice Recognition / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / DTS:X 3D Surround Sound / IP68 Water and Dust Resistance / HDR10 / Face Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 Technology / MIL-STD-810G Compliance / FM Radio

MWC 2018 attendees are encouraged to visit LG’s booth in Hall 3 of Fira Gran Via from February 25-28 for more information on LG’s newest smartphones as well as other exciting mobile innovations.

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