Select LG partners in the US on Friday began taking pre-orders on the company’s new G8 ThinQ flagship smartphone and will ship the product on April 11.The new handset comes with an OLED display, is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship SoC, features a high-capacity battery. At least initially, LG’s allies will only offer the G8 ThinQ with a dual-module rear camera in the US, perhaps leaving the triple-module G8S ThinQ for later in the year.

Equipped with a 6.1-inch OLED screen featuring a 3120×1440 resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, the LG G8 ThinQ looks very similarly to its predecessor and features a glossy unibody design. The smartphone is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM as well as 128 GB of NAND flash storage (expandable using a microSD card). As for connectivity, the smartphone supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, 4G/LTE, GPS/AGPS+GLONASS+BDS, NFC, as well as a USB Type-C port. The device features a built-in 3500-mAh battery that can be charged wirelessly.


You can read our hands-on announcement of the phone here.

>> LG Announces The New G8 & V50 5G ThinQ <<


As reported, LG will offer carriers and retailers at least two versions of its G8 ThinQ handsets: the G8 ThinQ outfitted with a dual-module rear camera as well as the G8S ThinQ equipped with a triple-module rear camera. Initially, LG’s partners in the US will offer the former (G8) variant featuring a 12MP (f1.5/1.4μm/78˚) main module, 16 MP (f1.9/1.0μm/107˚) wide-angle module, and a LED flash. Meanwhile, all the LG G8 ThinQ smartphones also have an 8 MP camera (f1.7/1.22μm/80˚) with a time-of-flight (TOF) for selfies, Hand ID, and gesture controls.

The LG G8 & V50 ThinQ
  G8 ThinQ G8S ThinQ
SoC Snapdragon 855
GPU Adreno 640
Display 6.1" OLED
3120 x 1440 (19.5:9)
Size Height 151.9 mm
Width 71.8 mm
Depth 8.4 mm
Weight 167g
Battery Capacity 3500mAh
Wireless Charging Qi
Rear Cameras
Main 12MP 1.4µm (78° wide)
Telephoto - 12MP 1.0µm
(45° wide - 2x telephoto zoom)
Wide 16MP 1.0µm
(107° - super wide angle)
Front Camera 8MP 1.12µm (80°)
TOF sensor
Storage 128 GB 
3.5mm headphone jack
Wireless (local) 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.0 LE + NFC
Cellular 4G LTE  
Splash, Water, Dust Resistance ? ?
Dual-SIM 2x nano-SIM
Launch Price $819.99 ?

The LG G8 ThinQ will be available in the U.S. from AT&T, Best Buy, B&H, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon, and Xfinity Mobile. The phone will carry a price tag starting from $819.99, which will vary depending on carrier/retailer. There will also be launch promotions starting at up to $150 off LG G8 ThinQ for a limited time.

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  • stanleyipkiss - Friday, March 29, 2019 - link

    Poor LG. Why release this? It's dead on arrival.
  • Dragonstongue - Friday, March 29, 2019 - link

    not many do usb-c and 3.5mm correct me if I am wrong on that, the ones that do pretty much make the 3.5 plug into the usb for charging etc so cannot use both same time which to me was always "well that is stupid"

    beyond that I tend to agree with you, very meh specs just like the rest why bother, share piece of a very small pie instead of focus better on higher or lower margin better spec design etc ^.^
  • darkswordsman17 - Friday, March 29, 2019 - link

    It obviously isn't competitive with the top S10 (and now 6 month old iPhones), but that's just LG and most people are buying them because they tend to be cheaper than those (and quickly drop in price). Or they value not dealing with some glaring thing they don't like about Samsung's (or Google's) phones (Bixby and used to be TouchWiz on the former, lack of microSD and headphone jack on the latter).

    I'd personally consider this, but will depend on price and if there's any glaring faults (which is true there seems to almost always be one on LG's phones and it changes each year so its not just the same "Bixby/TouchWiz" type of complaints, its because the OLED panel isn't good quality, or bootloop, or camera that is wonky in quality, or...).

    Yes there's some silly gimmick stuff that people either like or don't care about (like second screen, or modules, or the in depth custom camera modes), this year its the "blood vessel unlock" and gestures (which not sure why there's a fuss being made about that as others have tried that before and people just don't seem to care).

    But, if the display is decent quality (it doesn't have to be top of the line for me personally, but definitely can't be outright bad like the V30/Pixel 2 XL's displays), the cameras are decent (being able to use Google's camera app, and especially Night Sight feature can make the default LG processing less of an issue), performance is fine (including battery life), I'd consider it for the right price as I value the quality headphone jack audio (but I can get that via DAC cables for other phones). I'd wait for the 3 camera one though as I'd like to see how well telephoto would work (will be passing on the V50 because I have a hunch the 5G will actually be a liability for battery life, and I'm not gonna pony up for 5G service anyway so don't care about that feature at all right now).

    There's still no perfect phone for me (basically I'd want most of Apple's main processor/OS but wish they'd allow more control - mostly customization of the app screens, and would like microSD just so I don't have to transfer everything each time with a new phone or get stuck with not enough storage (if Apple/Google decides the equivalent of 16GB is more than enough for anyone for too long again), with Huawei's camera hardware, Google's camera processing, LG's high quality headphone jack, HTC's speakers, Samsung's front design, and I'd personally like the option of a bit more rugged version with a bigger battery (I'd be totally fine with the extra size to enable the latter, especially if it enabled more camera features like more zoom levels), so I have to make due with the various things I don't like about pretty much every brand.
  • flyingpants265 - Friday, March 29, 2019 - link

    It's all about the price. When it drops to $600 in a few weeks, it'll be priced like a Chinese phone.
  • BigDH01 - Sunday, March 31, 2019 - link

    I'm on Fi and recently traded in my OG Pixel for a V35 which came with a Fi credit. In my case, it's actually a pretty darn nice phone. OLED screen, good performance, decent battery life, notchless, 3.5mm headphone jack, I've been pretty pleased and based on my preferences LG delivers at a reasonable price. I even made it look like a stock Android experience and so it's pretty close aesthetically to my experience with the Pixel.

    My biggest complaint would be the time it takes to get OS updates. That I do miss.
  • hirschma - Friday, March 29, 2019 - link

    Anyone thinking about this - consider the LG has yet to ship Android 9 for most (all?) of the previous models that they committed to updating. LG is horrendously slow with software updates.
  • nikon133 - Sunday, March 31, 2019 - link

    Been using LG G7 ThinQ as a work phone for the last 9-ish month, I'd consider G8 for my personal phone. G7 has been doing exceptionally well and fully covers my needs... and was significantly cheaper than Galaxy S9. AND was bundled with Momentum 2 headphones for that already reasonable price.


    I live in NZ, and my phone has received only 2 security patches, both within first 2 or 3 months. Last security patch is from September 2018 and was received in October 2018. Since then - nothing. At all. I have been checking OTA updates and also from the LG PC app, both keep telling me I am running the latest software.

    Like hell I am.

    There are updates for G7 all the way to January 2019... but are not applicable to NZ phones/carriers (I would expect that Australian users are in the same bucket).

    I have contacted LG support in NZ and AU and got generic reply (both times) that it is all Google's fault for not releasing updates for this phone. Sounds like LG support doesn't even know how updating Android phones work. My attempts to continue conversation were completely ignored in both cases. It was pretty much "we told you what we had to tell you, now bugger off".

    I am actually planning to send these replies to Google (anyone knows applicable email address, let me know). To my understanding, Google has introduced new rules re the phones updates, and it looks like LG is breaking them left and right - at least in this geography.

    Pie has also been promised in Q1 2019, and while it has been released in Korea - maybe elsewhere - neither LG AU nor LG NZ could provide any info when is Pie planned for G7 in this part of the world, if at all.

    And yet this is one of LGs flagships for 2018.

    Yes I like DAC and 3.5mm jack - Momentum sounds really good on it. I like super-bright screen, even if it is not OLED - really good for outdoors. I like dual SIM/storage expandability, and other basics are there - waterproof, wireless charging. I liek wide angle camera - all my actual cameras' lenses don't go under 24mm, so wide on this phone is my last resort camera to fit whole object into slide (I shoot a lot of architecture when I travel), even if only daylights. I like flat screen which does not compromise protection cases, unlike curved Galaxy screens. Phone isn't flashy but is elegant in understated way, which is my cup of tea.

    But I really can't digest big respectable company releasing high-end phone and providing zero support for it. Yes it works fine as it is - but that's not the point. I want to know that LG will look my back if it doesn't work fine. I want to see company's dedication to customers. Here in NZ, LG has utterly failed to show that dedication.
  • asfletch - Monday, April 1, 2019 - link

    A very interesting post for those interested in G7/G8 and not living in Sth Korea, thanks.
    A counterpoint though - I chose Xperia XZ1 over G7 last year, and have been getting regular updates as hoped. With Pie this has turned out to be a double-edged sword. The clock has moved to the left for no reason, Sony hasn't implemented any gesture navigation, and worst of all the ADB hack to enable Night Light is now disabled. Night Light was the only way I could get a half-reasonable white balance on my display - otherwise no setting would bring it below about 7500K. I am now considering a new phone, despite everything else working well.
    TL;DR, be careful what you wish for with updates!
  • nikon133 - Monday, April 1, 2019 - link

    I hear you.

    I am not that worried about still having Android 8 on the phone. After all, I have been using desktop OSes longer than 3 years on average - can't justify drama because my phone isn't getting new OS every year. For expected life of product, staying on same OS is not such a big deal - for me. As long as it is reliable release. Which, must say, G7 seems to have - at least I didn't have any issues, save for notifications (including ringer and alarms) being moved twice (in 9 months) from loudspeaker to earpiece, resulting in almost inaudible sound - but I think this was caused by an app (or combination of apps running at the same time), rather than OS or hardware itself.

    But not getting security patches for that very same OS, that is just bad. Actually, LG has released them for other parts of the world - latest one should be January 2019. There was at least one more before the one I have received. December 2018, I think.

    I was thinking that, maybe, NZ networks are to be blamed... but I have tried to update phone from desktop app, good old USB cable instead of OTA, and app has told me that there are no new updates available.

    So it looks like someone at LG just couldn't be bothered to approve update for this part of the world. NZ is small country, so it is unlikely that we have different version of the phone in any meaningful way - something that would require serious customization for these updates. If nothing else, we should be getting Australian version, we usually do - whether that one is unique or same as Korean or EU or any other version, can't tell.

    On top of that, I am finding LG supports' reply a bit insulting; I'm definitely having issue with that. First, it is a lie. Second, it seems to be counting on phone users being clueless. Third, once I have kindly pointed out that their info doesn't seem to be correct - they have simply disappeared.

    So then, I am more likely to get something with Android One for my personal phone. Pixels would do as well, but I just don't like these. Maybe even back to iPhone. I have left iPhone back in the days when iOS6 has crippled my 3Gs (which was 4 years old at the moment, to be honest)... but looking how well my wife's even older 5s still runs with latest OS, I have recovered a lot of respect for iPhones.
  • Gunbuster - Monday, April 1, 2019 - link

    Clearly a missed opportunity to name the ThinQ follow up either "You're WelcomQ" or "No ProbleQ"

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