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MWC: LG doubles up with new
G and V flagships

LG Electronics went large at Mobile World Congress 2019 with the simultaneous unveiling of two flagship ranges, namely the new editions of both the G and V series smartphones.

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At the Center de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona yesterday, LG introduced the new LG G8 ThinQ, alongside its first 5G phone, LG V50 ThinQ 5G.

LG G8 ThinQ is the world’s first smartphone with advanced palm vein authentication, or Hand ID, made possible by the combination of its Z Camera, backed up by ToF – for time of flight – technology. Of course, consumers have never heard of either technology, underlining the extent to which LG will need to educate the market before truly going to market. 

LG’s Hand ID identifies owners by recognising the shape, thickness and other individual characteristics of the veins in the palms of their hands. Placing a pre-registered hand in front of the front-facing camera for a split second, says LG optimistically, “is all it takes to unlock the LG G8 ThinQ and all its content”. 

Since ToF technology in LG’s Z Camera sees objects in 3D and is not affected by ambient light, says LG, accuracy is unaffected by light from external sources. Further, two-dimensional images of the face cannot be used to unlock the phone since photographs have no depth. With multiple forms of biometric authentication, LG says it is delivering more options for smartphone security than any other manufacturer, allowing consumers to choose which option is most convenient for them.

The Z Camera also uses Air Motion gesture recognition, which means that, without touching the phone – useful, for example, when cooking or cleaning – users can answer or end calls, take screenshots, switch between applications or adjust the volume. Controlling the LG G8 ThinQ takes waving a hand or swiping the air.

Video Portrait makes its debut on the LG G8 ThinQ, giving users control of bokeh while filming video in Portrait Mode with the rear camera. By analysing distance and depth with Dual FOV technology, users can capture exactly what they see.

Beyond optics, LG G8 ThinQ excels at multimedia performance as the first G series device from LG to feature OLED display technology. The large QHD+ FullVision Display measures 6.1-inches with 564 pixels per inch, allowing for an incredible amount of detail.

Click here to read more about the LG V50 ThinQ 5G.

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