LG G8 ThinQ review: Can LG take on the Galaxy S10 phones?
The LG G8 in and of itself is an excellent phone, priced around 820 to $850 depending on your carrier.
It has a slim, sleek design.
It's water-resistant and it still has the headphone jack which is perfect for die-hards unwilling to let go of their wired headphones.
But it faces stiff competition to Samsung's new more affordable phone, the Galaxy S10E.
It too has many of the same benefits of the G8 and cost about $70 to $100 less.
But let's go back for the G8 for a minute.
First, it's dual rear cameras take sharp and vibrant photos.
And the wide angle lens allows you to fit more content into each frame.
The phone also has a low light setting called night view.
Though night view takes comparable photos at the Galaxy S10E, which doesn't have its own specific low light mode.
The Pixel 3's night sight is superior.
LG also added bouquet for videos too, so you can have that cool blurry effect for your videos like you do on your portrait mode photos.
The effect is a little rough around the edges, if you can tell, but if you like having that blurry dramatic look for your photos, you'll appreciate having that option in videos too.
The G8s front facing camera has a few new tricks too.
Thanks to it's new IR sensor and transmitter.
The phone now use 3D facial recognition instead of 2D, similar to the new iPhones.
This is suppose to make it more secure and you can use it in lower light conditions.
Building off that, the motion sensor allows a few touchless gesture controls that you can control with your hand.
For instance, you can launch apps, pause or play media, or even adjust the volume by grabbing an invisible dial above your phone.
The feature is awkward.
And I doubt you'll look normal using it in public.
Look, but if LG continues to iterate on this technology.
I could see how it gives a compelling sneak peek into new ways we can interact with our phones.
Other features include a sharp 6.1 inch OLED display.
The snapdragon 855 chip set and a 3.5 ampere hour battery.
During our lab test, the G8 performed as well as the Galaxy S10e on benchmarks.
That make sense since both phones have the same processor.
As for the battery, the G8 averaged about 16.5 hours for continuous video playback on airplane mode.
As a comparison to S10e, lasted 17 hours In a vacuum, the G8 is objectively great but the phone industry is hyper competitive and crowded.
With the launch of the Galaxy S10e, the G8 now must compete with yet another Galaxy phone at a lower price tier.
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So, without any standout features, just being objectively great like the G8 unfortunately isn't good enough.