At MWC 2019, LG came not only with new smartphones, but also with a new technology: the recognition of veins. A novelty found on the LG G8 ThinQ.
The LG G8 ThinQ should not be available in France, but that does not prevent us to look into his case at the MWC 2010. Presented at the opening conference of the Korean brand, the smartphone comes to succeed G7 ThinQ and is perfectly anchored in the tradition of LG to go in directions as innovative as wacky.
Fingerprint recognition, facial recognition, PIN code … all these ways to unlock a smartphone seem marginal compared to the vein recognition of the LG G8 ThinQ.
The smartphone has a ToF (Time of Flight) sensor, like the Honor View 20 for example. This sensor, located on the front, coupled with infrared sensors, is able to identify a user through the shape, thickness and arrangement of the veins of the hand. For that, it is enough to place his hand in front of the telephone a fraction of a second, and thus to access the data of the apparatus.
The strong point of this technology is that the ToF sensor does not need light to work properly and you can unlock your smartphone in the dark without any worries. The same applies when you have glasses, a hat or a scarf or change your haircut. The gloves will however be your biggest enemy in these conditions …
Note however that the smartphone is still equipped with a fingerprint sensor (on the back) and a facial recognition system (always with the ToF sensor) to adapt to all situations.
Finally, this ToF sensor also allows you to navigate the phone's menus without touching the screen. Convenient if you're driving, or cooking by following a recipe on YouTube and your hands are full of fat.
Next to this amazing technology, the LG G8 ThinQ embeds all that can be expected from a high-end smartphone, here is its technical sheet:
Dimensions: 151.9 x 71.8 x 8.47 mm
Weight: 168 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
RAM: 6 GB
128GB storage (+ microSD up to 2TB)
6.1 "QHD + P-OLED Screen
12 Mpx with normal 78 ° angle lens, open at f / 1.5
16 MP with wide-angle lens of 107 ° and aperture at f / 1.9
8 Mpx with normal 80 ° angle lens and f / 1.7 aperture
(ToF) 224 px x 172 px 80º / FF with f1.4
Battery: 3,500 mAh
Operating System: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11a, b, g, n, ac / bluetooth 5.0 BLE, Apt-X-HD / NFC / USB type C 2.0 (USB 3.1 compatible with generation 1)
As usual, LG also worked on the G8 ThinQ sound part with 32-bit HiFi sound, DTS: X support, and support for Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) format for lossless compressed audio streams.
Finally, a G8s ThinQ has also been announced, with three cameras in the back: a 12 megapixel standard, a 12 megapixel wide-angle and a 13 megapixel telephoto. Its screen is also slightly larger with a diagonal of 6.2 inches.
For now, we have no price or release date for these smartphones.