7.6/10
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The LG G8 ThinQ currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 35 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

While the LG G8 ThinQ has an impressive list of specs, it failed to stand out to reviewers for any one feature apart from audio. There might be a lot for audiophiles to love, but otherwise, the value is questionable.

What's good

  • Clean but basic design
  • Great display
  • Plenty of storage
  • microSD support
  • Great audio options
  • Excellent performance

What's bad

  • Price
  • Motion controls can be frustrating

Known for pushing the innovation envelope, LG is in an odd place. They create interesting phones with great displays -- but they’re not always a hit with consumers. With the LG G8 ThinQ, they again introduce several firsts or near-firsts to the mobile market. But does the full package justify the price? Let’s see what reviewers are saying...

Design

The phone features the now-common metal and glass design used for many of this year's top releases. While it’s simple, reviewers found the phone comfortable to hold and very compact for the larger screen size. It’s also IP68-rated, allowing for full submersion in up to 1.5 meters for less than 30 minutes.

But there were also many complaints of slippery phones and scuffed finishes. You’ll want to look into a phone case to keep it looking great.

The phone’s rear-mounted fingerprint scanner was also a hit thanks to its rapid response time and convenient placement.

Android Pit struck a nice balance between the various reviews out there, saying, “... The G8 is a well-made, compact, solid device that focuses on a design that can be appreciated for its simplicity and minimalism (but that for some may be a bit boring).”

Display

LG makes a big deal about the new screen tech in the LG G8 ThinQ, calling it “6.1-inch Crystal Sound FullVision P-OLED display.” Specs include HDR10 and Dolby Vision and a resolution of 1440-by-3120 pixels.

Reviewers found the display bright enough for outdoor use, detailed enough to make images pop, and they loved the HDR support for streaming movies and TV shows. They also found the colors accurate and loved the inky blacks of the P-OLED panel.

But the display’s real trick has nothing to do with visuals. It also doubles as a speaker. There’s no earpiece at the top of the display. If you’re worried about how it all works, don’t be. Reviewers found it worked great.

Performance

Loaded up with a 2.84Ghz Snapdragon 855 processor and 6GB of RAM, the phone tops the benchmark charts for 2019 releases. Reviewers had zero issues with lag or overheating. Whether they were playing games, editing photos, or scrolling through Instagram, things just worked.

Software

The phone ships with Android 9.0 Pie with LG’s UX 8.0 skin. While there is some bloat, reviewers liked LG’s approach to Android. However, many questioned how well LG will keep updates flowing as they have been slow to update previous phones.

The biggest question surrounds LG’s new Air Motions. These use a special sensor to track your hand and allow you to unlock your phone, adjust volume, launch apps, and more. However, most reviewers found the gestures more complicated than performing the action the traditional way. Some also had trouble getting the sensor to track their hand.

PC World summed up opinions well, saying, “... UX 8.0 leaves much to be desired.”

Storage

If you love to install lots of apps and games or want to keep a large media collection downloaded for offline playback, the 128GB of internal storage is sure to please. There’s also support for microSD cards up to 2TB for easy, affordable expansion should you need it.

Cameras

LG was one of the dual-camera pioneers. The LG G8 ThinQ continues their history of camera design, pairing a 12MP main rear camera with a secondary 16MP ultrawide camera. While low-light photography didn’t receive the best marks, most reviewers found the cameras very capable in decent lighting and enjoyed the list of effects and settings available within the app.

Ubergizmo notes, “... The LG G8 has the best ultrawide camera we’ve tested to date...”

The front-facing 8MP camera includes a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor. This allows the camera to judge distance and volume for better portrait effects and focus.

Ubergizmo also liked the selfie camera with ToF sensor, saying, “If you prefer a more natural skin tone and texture, then LG G8 is a good choice.”

Battery Life

While the 3500mAh battery in the phone might seem small compared to recent flagship releases. Reviewers found it was good for a full day without too much trouble Should you need to top-off your charge before heading out USB Type-C charging and Quick Charge 3.0 support offers as much as 50% in half an hour. You can also use wireless charging but it will be slower.

Trusted Reviews put the battery through its paces and said, “I ended most days (usually running from 8 am to midnight) at 50% charge or thereabouts, with a day and a half confidently possible – and two days if you’re checking Twitter and Instagram infrequently.”

Audio

Audio is where LG really breaks out the features. If you’re looking for a phone to listen to music or watch movies, you’ll find a lot to enjoy here. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack with 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC and DTS:X 3D surround sound if you prefer wired headphones. Then Bluetooth 5.0 and AptX support cover most wireless options. Finally, the stereo speakers (the Crystal Sound display and a traditional speaker on the bottom of the phone) provide clear, full audio for listening without headphones.

Trusted Reviews notes, “The ‘Crystal Sound OLED Speaker’, as LG calls it, handles the higher frequencies, while the bass tones come from the grille set into the phone’s frame. Cover the latter and audio does break down, but in general use, it’s surprisingly clear and loud... If your phone is your primary media player, especially if you mainly use it for music playback, the LG G8 would make an excellent choice for your next device.”

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The Takeaway

With the strong praise for the phone, a recommendation might seem obvious.

However, most reviews stopped short of a full endorsement. This is mainly because of the price.

While the phone offers some interesting innovations, it costs as much -- if not more -- than many of this year’s most popular releases. And while they might not offer some of the cooler features, they do many of the standard ones better.

Android Pit says, “... it isn’t a bad device. However, to turn heads and make sales in the current market it’s unclear if the G8 ThinQ offers enough appeal to tear people away from what else is out there.”

Trusted Reviews says, “In a vacuum, the LG G8 ThinQ is a well-rounded flagship phone with reliable top-tier performance, capable cameras, a great screen and decent battery life. However, slot it in among the competition and, as suspected, it melts into the crowd of similarly ‘fine’ high-end phones.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.1"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Guys

A lot of people don’t know whether to trust OnePlus or not since its a relatively new name. LG is safe. LG makes a really good phone with some compelling features that won’t frustrate you for the next couple of years. Unless you want fast software updates.

- Matt Adams, Android Guys
PCWorld

There are plenty of reasons to buy the G8: top-of-the-line processor, excellent battery life, great screen, solid camera. But great specs and nice hardware aren’t enough when you’re competing with the Galaxies and Pixels of the world. The unique features that should make the G8 worthy of its $829 pr...

- Michael Simon, PCWorld
ZDNet

At the $830 MSRP I couldn't recommend the LG G8 given LG's poor track record of keeping at least Android security updates current. However, at $620 it is easy to recommend for all of its other great functionality and capability. Don't even worry about trying the Air Motion or Hand ID, but do explore...

- Matthew Miller, ZDNet
AndroidPIT

One thing is for sure, it's a good smartphone and it does its job: so if you're a fan of the brand or you've just been attracted by the minimalist design of the G8 and you can buy it at an affordable price, you can rest assured that you've made a good choice.

- Jessica Murgia, AndroidPIT
TrustedReviews

Overpriced and forgettable, although the LG G8 is an okay phone, the alternatives offer more for less or excel in a particular area. Audiophiles might see value in the G8's specific talents but will likely sway towards dedicated media players instead, leaving a question mark around who this phone is...

- Max Parker, TrustedReviews


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


LG released the G8 ThinQ on April 11, 2019.


The G8 ThinQ price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare LG G8 ThinQ prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG G8 ThinQ user manual here.


LG backs up the G8 ThinQ with a 2 Years parts & labour warranty.


If your G8 ThinQ has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.1"

The LG G8 ThinQ's screen size is 6.1 inches with 1440 x 3120 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3500 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 1170 minutes, 563 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

G8 ThinQ Specs

Overview
Release date April 11, 2019
Regions available USA, Canada, UK
Networks
LTE:
700/850/1500/1700 /1900/2300/2500/2600/3600 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.98 W/kg
Body: 0.95 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 669 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 563 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 588 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1170 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 21 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Carmine Red, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.2 x 7.2 x 0.8 cm (6 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 167 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Yes
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 167
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels
Pixel density 563 pixels
Size 6.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, HDR, Scratch-resistant glass, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.5
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance, 2nd camera feature (16 MP, F1.9, Ultra-wide), HDR, Slow-motion recording, Time lapse mode
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
2nd camera feature (Z camera, TOF)
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


Android Guys

A good, but not top-tier phone

from Android Guys

A lot of people don’t know whether to trust OnePlus or not since its a relatively new name. LG is safe. LG makes a really good phone with some compelling features that won’t frustrate you for the next couple of years. Unless you want fast software updates.

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A lot of people don’t know whether to trust OnePlus or not since its a relatively new name. LG is safe. LG makes a really good phone with some compelling features that won’t frustrate you for the next couple of years. Unless you want fast software updates.

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PCWorld

Gimmicks with a capital 'G'

from PCWorld

There are plenty of reasons to buy the G8: top-of-the-line processor, excellent battery life, great screen, solid camera. But great specs and nice hardware aren’t enough when you’re competing with the Galaxies and Pixels of the world. The unique features that should make the G8 worthy of its...More

There are plenty of reasons to buy the G8: top-of-the-line processor, excellent battery life, great screen, solid camera. But great specs and nice hardware aren’t enough when you’re competing with the Galaxies and Pixels of the world. The unique features that should make the G8 worthy of its $829 price tag are unfortunately where it falls short. The G8’s time-of-flight tricks only serve to cheapen the experience, rather than strengthen it with strong facial recognition and portrait shots.

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ZDNet

An affordable, customizable flagship worth considering

from ZDNet

At the $830 MSRP I couldn't recommend the LG G8 given LG's poor track record of keeping at least Android security updates current. However, at $620 it is easy to recommend for all of its other great functionality and capability. Don't even worry about trying the Air Motion or Hand ID, but do expl...More

At the $830 MSRP I couldn't recommend the LG G8 given LG's poor track record of keeping at least Android security updates current. However, at $620 it is easy to recommend for all of its other great functionality and capability. Don't even worry about trying the Air Motion or Hand ID, but do explore the camera, floating bar, and superb audio experience.

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AndroidPIT

A solid all-rounder which fails to dazzle

from AndroidPIT

One thing is for sure, it's a good smartphone and it does its job: so if you're a fan of the brand or you've just been attracted by the minimalist design of the G8 and you can buy it at an affordable price, you can rest assured that you've made a good choice.

Read full review

One thing is for sure, it's a good smartphone and it does its job: so if you're a fan of the brand or you've just been attracted by the minimalist design of the G8 and you can buy it at an affordable price, you can rest assured that you've made a good choice.

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TrustedReviews

Feels a lot like the G7, augmented by some strange additions

from TrustedReviews

Overpriced and forgettable, although the LG G8 is an okay phone, the alternatives offer more for less or excel in a particular area. Audiophiles might see value in the G8's specific talents but will likely sway towards dedicated media players instead, leaving a question mark around who this phone is for.

Read full review

Overpriced and forgettable, although the LG G8 is an okay phone, the alternatives offer more for less or excel in a particular area. Audiophiles might see value in the G8's specific talents but will likely sway towards dedicated media players instead, leaving a question mark around who this phone is for.

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Ubergizmo

Offers a solid experience at a more affordable price

from Ubergizmo

The LG G8 gives you a size comparable to Galaxy S10+, but with a camera performance and a price closer to the 5.8” Galaxy S10e. That’s a proposition that is worth considering if you are looking for an aggressively priced high-performance phone that is highly functional.

Read full review

The LG G8 gives you a size comparable to Galaxy S10+, but with a camera performance and a price closer to the 5.8” Galaxy S10e. That’s a proposition that is worth considering if you are looking for an aggressively priced high-performance phone that is highly functional.

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AnandTech

Solid, but not great

from AnandTech

In the end, did the G8 deliver on the basics? In some regards, yes, while in others the G8 is still very much a compromise of a phone. LG has improved a lot on the camera and speakers. On the display side of things, the G8 is an improvement on paper but in practice it fails short. Battery life ha...More

In the end, did the G8 deliver on the basics? In some regards, yes, while in others the G8 is still very much a compromise of a phone. LG has improved a lot on the camera and speakers. On the display side of things, the G8 is an improvement on paper but in practice it fails short. Battery life has improved in some regards, but if you tend to use your phone a lot in higher brightness levels the G8 will seem like a downgrade.

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DxOMark

A competent performer

from DxOMark

The LG G8 ThinQ’s camera is a competent rather than a stellar performer. It does most things reasonably well without really excelling or failing dramatically in any area. It produces colors that are attractive, if not always accurate, and its stills AF system is fast and effective. It also usua...More

The LG G8 ThinQ’s camera is a competent rather than a stellar performer. It does most things reasonably well without really excelling or failing dramatically in any area. It produces colors that are attractive, if not always accurate, and its stills AF system is fast and effective. It also usually handles exposures well, underexposing only occasionally and even taking backlight situations in its stride unless the zoom is in use.

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Neowin

A pretty solid handset

from Neowin

So here's the good: there's no camera bump, it's a beautiful and sleek design, a bright OLED display, and of course, not only does it have a 3.5mm headphone jack, but it's the best one on the market. At $849.99, I'd say it's a buy, depending on what your priorities are. Luckily, right now it's di...More

So here's the good: there's no camera bump, it's a beautiful and sleek design, a bright OLED display, and of course, not only does it have a 3.5mm headphone jack, but it's the best one on the market. At $849.99, I'd say it's a buy, depending on what your priorities are. Luckily, right now it's discounted to less than $650 pretty much everywhere, and that's a steal.

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Hothardware

An affordable, capable flagship smartphone

from Hothardware

The LG G8 ThinQ is a solid offering that will satisfy even demanding mobile device consumers. LG outfitted their Android flagship with a powerful SoC to make short work of any workload. It has a fantastic nearly edge-to-edge OLED display as well. Finally, the LG G8 ThinQ's very capable cameras ar...More

The LG G8 ThinQ is a solid offering that will satisfy even demanding mobile device consumers. LG outfitted their Android flagship with a powerful SoC to make short work of any workload. It has a fantastic nearly edge-to-edge OLED display as well. Finally, the LG G8 ThinQ's very capable cameras are backed by a smart AI that can provide a guiding hand for better photos.

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