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LG G8 ThinQ

The LG G8 is the follow-up to last year's G7 ThinQ and serves as LG's latest flagship phone. Though it retains many of the G7's features, the G8's front-facing camera, called the Z Camera, includes several new tricks that pave the way for big changes in how people will interact with their phones. 

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Like the G7 (left), the G8 has a 6.1-inch display, a water-resistant design, wireless charging and expandable storage up to 2TB.

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The G8 has a sharp display, with a 1,440-pixel resolution and a 564 pixel-per-inch density. It measures 5.98 by 2.83 by 0.33 inches (151.9 by 71.8 by 8.4 millimeters) and weighs 5.96 ounces (167g).

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The device is powered by a 3,500mAh battery and runs on a 2.84GHz octa-core Snapdragon 855 chipset.

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A look at the G8's side.

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The G8 retains a 3.5mm headphone jack and has a USB Type-C port for charging and file transfers.

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Another look at the bottom of the G8.

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The G8 runs Google's Android 9.0 Pie operating system.

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On the front is an 8-megapixel camera, which has an IR sensor and transmitter for 3D-mapping and motion-captioning purposes.

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You can set the G8 to unlock after scanning the veins in your hand. LG calls this new biometric authentication Hand ID.   

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The phone's IR sensor gathers information from the hemoglobin in your blood, and renders a unique image of your veins inside your hand. Hovering your hand over the camera, you won't need to touch your phone at all to unlock it. 

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Hand ID builds into another feature called Air Motion. Because the phone's front camera can track and read your hand movements, you can interface with the phone in a whole new, touchless way. 

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By pinching your fingers and thumbs together (as if making a bird's beak with your hand and pointing it downward over the phone's camera), you can swipe left and right to launch certain apps, pause or play media and even adjust the volume by miming a twist of a jog dial.

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Hand ID doesn't work as fast as the face unlock or the fingerprint scanner (which you can also use on the back of the phone), but the idea is pretty cool -- especially if you're in the middle of a task or you just don't want to pick up your phone.

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Just be aware that when you use Air Motion, it looks very, very awkward.

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On the back are two cameras, a 12- and a 16-megapixel.

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LG added bokeh video recording that mimics the depth-of-field effect of a full-frame camera. For those who love the blurry background effect for still portraits, this lends the same artsy and dramatic look to videos. 

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Like previous high-end LG phones, the secondary rear camera is a wide-angle lens.

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A closer look at the G8's rear camera setup.

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LG also tweaked the G8's audio. There's no in-ear receiver on the top of the phone anymore.   

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Instead, sound vibrates throughout the display, which generates the audio you hear.   

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Click through for more photos of the LG G8.  

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LG hasn't released availability dates or pricing yet. Though it's safe to assume it'll be at least the same price as the G7 when it first launched, it's likely that it'll be pricier than that. For the US, that means it may cost around $750 or more. 

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