I tried the futuristic new LG phone that unlocks by scanning the veins in your palms. Here's what it's like in person
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- LG's new G8 ThinQ flagship smartphone was announced on Sunday.
- It has an odd vein recognition system designed to detect the veins in a user's palm to unlock the phone.
- In every respect, the LG G8 seems like a good, solid smartphone that's conservative in design and features, especially compared to the recently announced Galaxy S10.
I recently had some hands-on time with LG's new G8 ThinQ smartphone, and I came away thinking that it'll be a good, solid smartphone with some extra LG quirks that makes it unique.
One of those quirks is an odd vein recognition system that detects the veins and characteristics of a user's palm to unlock the phone. That's adventurous for LG, or any smartphone maker; It's far more adventurous than going for an in-display fingerprint sensor like those that have been adopted by OnePlus and Samsung in their most recent smartphones.
Apart from that, the LG G8 will be a phone for the conservative Android user who doesn't necessarily want to pay for Samsung's "everything-and-the-kitchen-sink" approach to smartphones.
With that said, we don't know what LG's asking price for the G8 will be just yet - a lot still hinges on the LG G8's pricing announcement.
But for now, check out the LG G8:
Design-wise, LG remained conservative.
It's a simple, smart, minimalist design, and that's fine because you'll probably put a case on it the moment you buy it.
One of my favorite things about the LG G8 is just how lightweight it is, but it's not the lightest phone you'll be able to buy in 2019.
The LG G8 has a dual-lens camera system on the back, as well as a conventional fingerprint sensor.
The LG G8 makes noise straight from its screen.
Speaking of audio, yes, LG continues to champion the headphone jack.
And now for the one thing that other phones absolutely don't do: Hand ID.
Another one of the LG G8's party tricks is gesture control for apps and media, but I'm somewhat skeptical of it.
The LG G8 will be available in the "coming weeks" in the US, and there's no pricing to speak of yet.
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