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LG unveils the G8S ThinQ, to be available across global markets later this month

The LG G8 ThinQ, which debuted at this year's Mobile World Congress, is getting a more affordable version. LG Electronics announced today the G8S ThinQ, its newest premium smartphone that packs mostly the same hardware and features as the flagship model.

Among the familiar specs is the Z Camera which uses LG's Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor technology for a biometric recognition option called Hand ID. It basically uses infrared in order to scan the circulatory pattern in either your left or right hand as you hover it over the phone's display. The device's face unlock feature also uses the same system. In addition, you can make several gestures to send commands to the G8S ThinQ, no hand contact necessary, thanks to the Air Motion feature which still uses the Z Camera.

Apart from its biometric application, the Z Camera also largely contributes to the bokeh effect of the handset's front camera in portrait mode. Speaking of the camera, the G8S ThinQ bumps up the number of lenses on the back from two on its original version to three. That means the new device has a 13MP Super Wide shooter, 12MP standard camera, and 12MP telephoto camera. The selfie camera is still an 8MP sensor. What's interesting about the ultra-wide angle lens is its 137˚field of view, the industry's widest according to LG.

Even though it's being marketed as the cheaper version of the G8 ThinQ, the new device is still powered by a Snapdragon 855 SoC, paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Also, it's slightly bigger than its more expensive sibling, sporting a 6.2-inch FHD+ FullVision OLED display. Quite interestingly, it still adopts a large display notch at a time when many phone manufacturers are switching to alternative solutions like the water-drop notch such as the one on the Huawei P30 series, pop-up camera pioneered by Vivo, or flip camera introduced by ASUS in May.

Nevertheless, another welcome feature of the phone is its 3.5mm headphone jack. It runs Android 9.0 Pie and packs a 3,550mAh battery, a slight upgrade from the original version which has a 3,500mAh battery.

The G8S ThinQ will be available in Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and other markets this month for €769 (~$870), as per NDTV. It will come in Mirror Black, Mirror Teal, and Mirror White color variants.

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