LG’s G8 ThinQ to have a 3D front camera and face unlock

LG’s G8 ThinQ to have a 3D front camera and face unlock
Highlights

LGs hasnt announced its next flagship yet, but as ever, the company likes to dripfeed nuggets of information about it to the full reveal Its learnt that it will indeed be called the G8 ThinQ, and it will include a timeofflight sensor as part of its frontfacing camera array That likely explains the recently supposed render that showed two cameras in the phones display notch

HIGHLIGHTS

  • LG G8 ThinQ is set to make its debut at a press event on February 24, Barcelona
  • LG is likely to launch the LG G8 ThinQ ahead of MWC 2019
  • LG to launch its first 5G phone ahead of MWC 2019

LG’s hasn’t announced its next flagship yet, but as ever, the company likes to drip-feed nuggets of information about it to the full reveal. It’s learnt that it will indeed be called the G8 ThinQ, and it will include a time-of-flight sensor as part of its front-facing camera array. That likely explains the recently supposed render that showed two cameras in the phone’s display notch.

ToF sensors can be used for 3D object recognition and work by bouncing infrared light off subjects. This will allow secure face unlocks and more accurate blur background in selfie portraits, as well as potentially having various AR applications. The sensor in the G8 ThinQ is Infineon’s REAL3 chip. LG isn’t revealing much about how it will be used in the G8’s software, but it promises to deliver “a new level of front camera capability in a smartphone.”

LG is not the foremost company to ship a phone with a ToF sensor, and we can expect many more this year. The Honor View 20 has a rear-facing one, while the sensor in the Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition which can be used both for selfies and regular photos due to the phone’s unusual two-screen design. Meanwhile, Sony says it plans to increase production of its own versions of the technology.

Later this month LG will officially unveil the G8 ThinQ around Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. ToF sensor is rumoured to have an attachable second screen and a touch less gesture control interface.

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