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LG G8s ThinQ review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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LG G8s ThinQ
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  • Battery Score 4.5
  • Camera Score 3.5
  • Design Score 3
  • Performance Score 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.

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

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Pricing & Availability

Launch price (RRP) $0
Launch date 2019-06
LG G8s ThinQ

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.


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


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


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

Battery life

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


  • 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.

Pricing and availability


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.



Display Size
6.2 inches
1080 x 2248px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
401 ppi


Rear camera megapixels
12MP + 12MP + 13MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8 + f/2.6 + f/2.4
Video recording
Front camera megapixels
Front camera aperture size

Physical Dimensions

155.3mm x 76.6mm x 8mm


802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 21

Power, storage and battery

Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
Battery capacity

Device features

Headphone jack
Fingerprint sensor
Water resistance rating
Wireless charging

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