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LG launches G8S THINQ in Aus market

10 Jul 2019
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LG Electronics has announced the Australian availability of the G8S ThinQ Smartphone. 

LG has combined advanced optics, audio and security capabilities to deliver a smartphone that reflects an advanced operating and design philosophy. 

The handset includes the new Hand ID palm vein authentication that uses ToF Z Camera and infrared sensors to unlock the phone by recognising the shape, thickness and other individual characteristics of the veins in the palm of the users’ hand. 

While Rear Fingerprint and Face Unlock are featured on the G8S ThinQ, Hand ID offers an additional layer of convenience for when users cannot pick up the phone.

“Incorporating features consumers are looking for in a smartphone, the LG G8S ThinQ hits the mark,” says LG Australia general marketing manager Angus Jones.

“Our innovative approach to the modern smartphone offers users a range of security options that suit their varying needs. Whether it’s Hand ID for busy families, Air Motion for controlling select features without touching the phone, or Face Recognition, there are multiple options. Through our partnership with Telstra, we are excited to bring a new world of smartphone convenience to Australian consumers and are looking forward to seeing the ways it will be used to enrich their lives.”

Telstra mobility executive Andrew Stormont adds, “We’re excited to partner with LG to launch the G8S ThinQ on the nation’s fastest and largest mobile network. The handset will appeal to a wide range of customers offering modern design, advanced security features and excellent processing power. Combine this with Telstra’s no lock-in contracts and we believe it will certainly appeal to many Australians in the market for a new device.”

Capturing infrared rays reflected off subjects, the Z Camera calculates depth quickly and accurately by seeing objects in 3D. 

Making features such as Face Unlock possible, the technology is impossible to fool with two-dimensional images such as a photograph because of the lack of depth in the image. 

Air Motion allows users to answer or end calls, take screenshots, switch between applications or adjust the volume by pinching the air in front of the screen. 

The multiple forms of biometric authentication ensure the G8S ThinQ offers users more security options that address individual needs.

The ToF technology in the Z Camera ensures photos are less affected by ambient light, while the front-facing camera measures the distance between the subject and the camera. 

Controlling the intensity of the background blur up to 256 levels for selfies with more depth, the image sensor helps users to produce sharp, clean images. 

Debuted on the G8S ThinQ, ‘Video Portrait’ gives users control of bokeh while filming in Portrait Mode with the rear camera.

Enhanced stereo performance creates a realistic soundscape with superb clarity and depth for a phone, thanks to the Boombox Speaker. 

The internal space of the G8S ThinQ acts as a resonance chamber to deliver greater bass for a smartphone, giving it “Boombox” sound without the need for external speakers. 

When placed on a solid surface or box, the smartphone utilises its resonance chamber as a woofer to amplify the bass effect even more.

The G8 design includes a zero-protrusion rear camera and a 6.2-inch OLED display. 

For advanced processing, the G8S ThinQ features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of ROM.