LG G8 ThinQ with Snapdragon 855 SoC, 3D ToF Selfie Camera to Launch in India in August: Report

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LG G8 ThinQ

The LG G8 ThinQ was first unveiled at MWC this year, and it went on sale internationally in April. In India, the phone is yet to make its debut. A new report suggests that the brand is gearing up to release the phone in the country in the coming months.

The folks over at 91mobiles recently had a talk with Advait Vaidya, Business Head – Mobile Computing, LG India. During this conversation, Vaidya is said to have disclosed that the LG G8 ThinQ will go on sale in India sometime in August. Unfortunately, he did not mention an exact date for this release.

Based on international pricing, the LG G8 ThinQ is expected to cost around INR 55,000 when it makes its way to the country.

LG G8 ThinQ Specifications, Features

The LG G8 ThinQ’s most outstanding feature is its IR sensor and transmitter located alongside the selfie camera, which can be used to scan the veins in your hand. Such a scan can actually be used as an entirely new way to unlock the smartphone; a feature LG likes to call Hand ID. This IR sensor has the ability to detect hemoglobin in your blood and use this data to render an image of the veins in one’s hand. Other than Hand ID, this image allows for another feature on this phone called Air Motion where the front camera can recognize various gestures and hand movements. Actions such as swiping left and right, launching apps, pausing and playing music, and adjusting volume can all be done without having to touch the smartphone.

The use of an IR sensor also allows the LG G8 ThinQ to 3D-map faces. As a result, face unlock on this phone is more secure, and it even works in challenging lighting conditions. You still get the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for those who prefer to rely on more traditional means of biometric security.

The LG G8 ThinQ is a fully loaded smartphone that comes powered by a flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset that is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The phone offers a 1440 x 3120 resolution P-OLED display that supports HDR10, Dolby Vision, and a 100 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. For software, the phone gets Android 9 Pie with LG UX 8.0 baked on top. The phone sips juice from a 3500mAh battery that supports 21W Quick charge 3.0 over USB Type-C. You also get 9W wireless charging support.

Rear photography on this phone is handled by a 12MP primary camera that supports dual pixel PDAF and OIS. This has been paired with a 16MP ultra-wide sensor. In some markets, the phone will also get a third rear camera which would be a 12MP telephoto lens that supports 2x optical zoom and OIS. Both of these setups will be capable of recording videos with 4K resolutions at up to 60fps. Meanwhile, an 8MP + TOF 3D camera setup has been provided in a notch at the front for selfies.