High-end handset from LG delivers good performance and amazing photos, but brings a low battery life
The LG has invested heavily in artificial intelligence, especially with the thinq technology, which is part of its main current devices. In turn, one of its flagship handsets this year is precisely the LG G8s ThinQ, which as the name suggests, also enjoys the benefits of artificial intelligence.
The Digital Look had a chance to test the device to find out its positive and negative points. Check out the complete review of the LG G8s ThinQ phone!
Design, finishing and canvas
LG’s new handset , like most of today’s mobile phones, ends up adopting glass as its main material, being present in both its front and back. In general the device is very beautiful, but ends up reflecting the image of the environment and picks up fingerprints easily, while still very slippery.
Despite adopting glass as a material, the LG G8s is not fragile as it has Gorilla Glass 6 protection for its back and Gorilla Glass 5 for its display. In addition, it is also IP68 certified, which makes it water and dust resistant.
For the screen, LG implements here a 6.21-inch G-OLED display with a resolution of 2248 by 1080 pixels. Despite having good images and a reasonable level of brightness, the notch of the device is quite large, being in it the camera of the device and a Time of Light sensor. If you don’t like notches, fortunately you can hide it with a system option, but it does lose some screen space.
Back in the back of the handset is where the phone’s fingerprint reader and its main cameras, which are arranged horizontally and flush with the body, is a wise decision by LG. Even another plus point of the device, is that the mentioned fingerprint reader ends up being very discreet.
Still in the body of the device is a USB-C port for loading and transferring files, a button to call Google Assistant and the classic volume and power.
Configuration and performance
Regarding the technical and hardware used, LG has placed in the G8s ThinQ an Octa-Core Snapdragon 855 processor, Adreno 640 GPU, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of expandable storage space with microSD card. Here we see a common configuration for top-of-the-line 2019 handsets, but one thing that may worry you in the long run is the low number of RAM available on the handset.
Despite this downside, in practice, the LG G8s ThinQ performs very well and opens applications very quickly without showing any slowness. Even those who like to use more than one application open at the same time will have no problem.
For games, the LG G8s also does the trick and runs any title without slowness. For our tests, we used Call of Duty Modern Warfare Mobile and Real Racing 3, always with the maximum graphic settings.
Unfortunately, one more negative point for LG’s cell phone goes to its battery, which is only 3,550 mAh. The number, besides being low by current standards, in practice, is short lived. In our tests using the phone for everyday tasks and to play something quickly, we are always at the limit of our load.
Thanks to the fast charge, at least the phone is able to fully recharge in about an hour and a half, which is the standard for most current handsets.
Following once again the trend of the high-end handsets of 2019, LG has placed in the LG G8s ThinQ three rear cameras, which can be defined as follows:
- A 12 megapixel Wide lens with f / 1.8 aperture;
- A 12 megapixel telegraph lens with f / 2.6 aperture;
- An ultra wide 13 megapixel lens with f / 2.4 aperture.
Overall, the result presented by the LG G8s ThinQ lenses has a good level of detail and a balanced contrast. Despite this, the colors obtained in the photos sometimes come out a little saturated, but nothing that is compromising. Here are some pictures taken with the device:
Regarding modes, once again, LG’s new phone doesn’t disappoint, though it doesn’t innovate much. Its highlight is the night mode, which allows you to adjust the lighting level and the studio function, which has several filters and is useful for taking pictures of people with different effects. Below, take a look at the photo without and then with night mode on:
For video, the LG G8s ThinQ can record at a maximum resolution of 4K at 60 frames per second, which makes capturing with good quality. If you choose a lower resolution than this, the device releases optical stabilization to reduce flickering, which did very well in our tests.
If your focus is more on the front camera, the good news is that it maintains the quality standard seen on main lenses. Meanwhile, its most interesting feature is “Smart Selfie”, which allows you to take a selfie and change your background without having to do any more complex editing.
The LG G8s ThinQ comes standard with Android 9 Pie installed and some apps from the manufacturer itself. Fortunately, they are not in bulk here and some end up being useful as for migrating another device or just for maintenance.
Regarding functions, here we have some news. For example, the “Knock-on”, which serves to unlock the faster phone when locked continues to be present.
However, who steals the scene is the feature called Air Motion, which allows you to open applications and perform other functions with a flick of your hand without having to touch the device. In general, the function works well, but it has the problem of taking too long to detect your hand, which will make you do your actions in the most traditional way after using it a few times.
The LG G8s is one of the best high-end handsets of 2019 and hits virtually every aspect. Its performance, for example, is great, but we must not forget that the 6 GB of RAM is low and may be a problem for the near future.
Not only is the 6 GB of RAM worrying, but the capacity of its battery, which is only 3,550 mAh and is always on the limit for one day of use. Already back to the good points, your camera is excellent and all its modes are well implemented.