LG G8s ThinQ review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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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.

6.2 inches

Display size

1080 x 2248px

128GB

Internal storage

12MP + 12MP + 13MP

Rear camera

3,550 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Pros

  • Solid battery life
  • Nice OLED display
  • Good standalone audio output
  • Premium Snapdragon performance

Cons

  • Low light shooting isn't great
  • HandID fails to work most of the time
  • Gesture control too erratic to be worthwhile
  • Slightly bland design

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.2 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2248
Pixels per inch (PPI) 401
Rear camera megapixels 12MP + 12MP + 13MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.8 + f/2.6 + f/2.4
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 8MP
Front camera aperture size f/1.9
Dimensions 155.3mm x 76.6mm x 8mm
Weight 181g
NFC No
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 21
Processor Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855
RAM 6GB
Operating system Android 9
Internal storage

128GB

External storage support Up to N/A
Battery capacity 3,550mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging Qi
Launch price (RRP)$0
Launch date2019-06
LG G8s ThinQ

The good

  • Solid battery life.
  • Nice OLED display.
  • Good standalone audio output.
  • Premium Snapdragon performance.

The bad

  • Low light shooting isn't great.
  • HandID fails to work most of the time.
  • Gesture control is likewise too erratic to be worthwhile.
  • Slightly bland design.

LG has substantially changed up its release pattern for premium smartphones in 2019. We used to wait months between the camera-focused V series handsets and the more generalist G-series models. This year, we've seen the generally good LG V50 ThinQ land exclusively at Telstra, and then rapidly followed up with the LG G8s ThinQ.

Where the LG V50 ThinQ is LG's premium 5G effort, the LG G8s ThinQ fills a more "affordable" space in LG's premium line-up, and is pretty clearly pitched to be compared against phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 or Apple iPhone XR.

Design

  • 6.2 inch OLED display, but we get the lower-resolution version.
  • Super-wide notch is almost a bezel in itself.
  • Visually bland.
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Camera

  • Triple lenses for plenty of flexibility.
  • Annoying stepped switching between lenses.
  • Low light shooting isn't great.
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Performance

  • A very powerful phone.
  • LG's UI could use a little freshening up.
  • Hand ID almost never works.
  • Air Gestures are super frustrating.
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Battery life

  • 3,500mAh battery gives more battery power than expected.
  • Wired or wireless USB C charging.
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Verdict

  • A good phone but not a great one.

The LG G8s ThinQ has some truly great features. It's powerful, its battery life is really very good for its capacity, and it's got the best OLED display LG has put into a G-series phone to date.

Weighed against that are the gimmicky Air Gestures and HandID features which essentially don't work, and a camera array that's functional but not exciting in a market where that extra dose of pizzazz is so vital.

LG has produced its best G-series phone to date in the LG G8s ThinQ, but it's still trailing its competitors at this price point. If you're a big LG fan, the LG V50 ThinQ remains the phone to buy.

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Pricing and availability

The LG G8s ThinQ sells outright for $1,200, or on a range of contract plans through Telstra.

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LG G8s ThinQ: Alternatives

Within the LG family of phones, for a little more money you could score the 5G-capable, dual screened LG V50 ThinQ.

If what you want is a good-all rounder phone with great camera capabilities, consider the Huawei P30.

It's a little more expensive than the LG G8s ThinQ, but a little shopping around should be able to score you the Samsung Galaxy S10 for a similar price, or you could dip down into the Samsung Galaxy S10e pretty easily.

Apple iPhone XS Max specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.2 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2248
Pixels per inch (PPI) 401
Rear camera megapixels 12MP + 12MP + 13MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.8 + f/2.6 + f/2.4
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 8MP
Front camera aperture size f/1.9
Dimensions 155.3mm x 76.6mm x 8mm
Weight 181g
NFC No
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 21
Processor Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855
RAM 6GB
Operating system Android 9
Internal storage

128GB

External storage support Up to N/A
Battery capacity 3,550mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging Qi
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