LG’s G8 ThinQ arrives in the US on April 11th

By Stefan Etienne

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LG’s latest flagship, the G8 ThinQ, will be released in the US beginning on April 11th. We originally previewed the G8 back at Mobile World Congress, but release info and pricing was unavailable at the time.

The phone will be available at all major US carriers, as well as authorized retailers and a few regional carriers. The list includes: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Best Buy, B&H, US Cellular, and Xfinity Mobile.

Preorders start on March 29th at some of those retailers, but the specifics vary depending on where you want to buy the phone. The LG G8 ThinQ’s unlocked retail price is $819.99, with select retailers offering a promotional $150 discount “for a limited time at launch.” As for carrier pricing, Verizon and Sprint will both be selling the LG G8 for $840, AT&T’s is set at $829.99, and T-Mobile’s undercuts everyone else’s at $619.99 if you add a new line.

As a quick refresher, the LG G8 ThinQ is very similar to last year’s G7 in terms of looks. It has a Snapdragon 855 processor, a large 6.1-inch QHD+ (3120 x 1440) OLED screen, a 3,500 mAh battery, 128GB storage (with microSD support), 6GB RAM. The G8 will run Android 9 Pie out of the box.

If I had to pick one feature that makes the LG G8 ThinQ stand out, it’s the Z Camera. The G8 uses its front-facing camera for Air Motion gestures that let you perform various actions by simply waving your hand or pinching the air near the screen. Some of these Air Motion actions include answering and ending calls, switching between apps, adjusting the volume, or taking screenshots — all without touching the phone itself. The Z Camera also doubles as a form of authentication, by scanning the veins in your hand (in cases where using the included fingerprint sensor might be inconvenient).

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For cameras, the LG G8 comes with two rear shooters — a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera and 12-megapixel standard camera — and all the manual control for stills and video that LG is known for. LG will be producing the G8 in three colors: black, gray, and red. However, color availability depends on carrier.