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LG GS8 ThinQ review: Missing the X-factor

Its display is somewhat, in millennial speak, a throwback to devices of the past.

, TOI Contributor|
Nov 08, 2019, 02.16 PM IST
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The phone’s 3550mAh battery is also in tune with the rest of the phone: Good but not great.
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Highlight: Mirror-black back

LG may be lagging way behind other brands in the premium smartphone race, but this hasn’t deterred the South Korean tech giant from launching new models. Its latest - G8s ThinQ priced Rs 35,990 – has been designed to take on the likes of OnePlus 7T and Asus 6Z.

The G8s ThinQ comes in a ‘mirror black’ variant, with the rear of the smartphone doubling up as a dark mirror. The phone also has a lot of gloss and sheen and three cameras at the back.

The ThinQ’s display is somewhat, in millennial speak, a throwback to devices of the past. It has thick bezels and in an era where most brands are going for an all-screen display, this phone doesn’t offer that.

However, the 6.2-inch full HD+ display is good and has proper sunlight legibility. The colours are vibrant and viewing angles are spot on.
The phone's​ AirMotion feature lets users capture screenshots, control music and do a bunch of other stuff.​
The phone's AirMotion feature lets users capture screenshots, control music and do a bunch of other stuff.

Under the hood, you will come across the Snapdragon 855 processor — not the latest in the market - but still extremely efficient. The processor ensures that day-to-day tasks are handled with ease. No complaints here.

But, when it comes to cameras, LG has been an underrated performer - its smartphones delivering solid but not spectacular results.

The G8s ThinQ is no different though the front Time of Flight camera offers a ton of features.

You can unlock the phone through a palm recognition. However, we ended up using the good old face recognition more often than not. There is also something called AirMotion – similar to Pixel 4 — through which you can capture screenshots, control music and do a bunch of other stuff.

As for images clicked on the selfie camera, they won’t dazzle but neither will they disappoint. The same goes with the triple-rear camera setup comprising of a standard, wide and telephoto lens – all 12 megapixel. The images are quite good in natural light but not exceptional.

The phone’s 3550mAh battery is also in tune with the rest of the phone: Good but not great.

The ThinQ, despite offering many cool features, seems stuck in the past when compared to its rivals. It’s a good phone but lacks the x-factor.

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