First impressions of LG G8 and V50: 5G-ready and a second screen or infrared palm unlock
The 2 latest phones from LG seem pretty similar to one another, but their interior is definitely different. The V50 adds a second screen, and in the case of G8 you can sweep the palm to unlock.
Both the LG V50 and the G8 were announced in Barcelona at the MWC and V series is actually becoming full 5G, which is really nice. That being said, this is a great addition and something that does really work with such approach for the most part.
The devices are similar. They have the notched OLED display, they run on the Snapdragon 855, not to mention they have a triple camera module and a very seamless black and a powerful user experience that you will enjoy and appreciate quite a bit.
Yet there are differences here as you can imagine too. One of them is the fact that the V50 has a Qualcomm 5G modem and a pogo pin set on the back. The addition of a second screen attachment is very interesting and some of the coolest things for the unit. This makes the V50 a folding phone without having to worry about paying a ton of money for the regular folding phone. Not the seamless experience that you have there, but pretty close anyways.
That technology still hasn’t matured yet, but the V50 can be a great tool to use until then. And you do get to have two apps running side by side as you enjoy a pretty cool and fun experience you do not want to miss.
Still, LG’s implementation is more ready for real-world use as the tech is more established. During testing I can run two apps side-by-side, or use the second screen as a virtual game pad. Both usage cases ran smoothly without software problems.
G8 also has its own set of nice features. It has a time of flight sensor and you get a pretty cool face unlock, it’s a full 3D face unlock experience and that’s really exciting and fun. They also added a hand unlock that allows the TOF sensor to scan the veins in your palm. Apparently this is pretty much like a fingerprint, and the G8 will work really well due to that.
While the tech seems strange, it actually works and the reality is that they added some great things with this. The idea is to not even touch the phone and still unlock it from afar, which is actually quite nice. You could use it to adjust the volume, take the call or even launch apps via certain gestures. Included in this device you have a piezoelectric speaker tech that offers audio vibration directly towards the user. LG is definitely focused on offering great audio here, and they did a very good job when it comes to fine tuning the audio side and making it perfect here.
We believe that both these devices come with cool features and they are definitely warranted to be a new iteration. LG doesn’t have the flashy things that other brands have, but you can have quite a lot of cool stuff. Prices and availability will differ from region to region, but they will be shared at a later date when devices will be launched!Source