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How would you like to pay $499 for one of 2019’s top smartphones that initially sold at Telstra for $1224? If you hurry, you can get the LG G8s ThinQ for that ridiculous price.

In fact, the LG G8s ThinQ is Telstra post-paid ‘unlocked’ stock, but it works on all networks.

The JB Hi-Fi web site is here, and if you have $500 to spend, then you would be mad to miss it.

When we reviewed the LG G8S ThinQ (review here), we gave it 5/5 saying, “All smartphones should be this good”.

At $499 the LG G8S ThinQ severely eclipses any $499 smartphone. It has

  • Qualcomm SD855 – the 2019 powerhouse SoC
  • 6/128GB and a MicroSD slot up to 2TB
  • 6.2” 2248×1080, 18.9:9, ultrabright 550/650nit Gorilla Glass 6 OLED
  • Wi-Fi 5 AC and BT 5.0 (AptX HD), NFC, GPS
  • Telstra 4GX single sim Cat 20 (2Gbps) – unlocked and works on all networks
  • DTS:X Meridian tuned sound and a 32-bit/192kHZ DAC
  • 3500mAH battery and QC 3.0 charger and Qi Wireless charging
  • IP68 and MIL-STD 810G
  • 12.2+13+12MP tri-rear-camera
  • 8+3MP/IR dual selfie
  • Android 9
  • Country of origin: South Korea
LG G8S ThinQ

What’s missing – absolutely nothing. In fact, it has a lot of unique features that make it a standout.

At this price, you need to compare it with the 2019 Nokia 7.2, 2018 Google Pixel 3, 2020 Realme 6 and the 2020 OPPO A91.

Although there is another LG Wild card – JB has the 2018 LG V30+ at $449 which we awarded 4.9/5 and said, “Solid contender for the best flagship of the year”.

Don’t say we did not warn you of the bargain of the year.

Why LG?

First, it is a South Korean company that competes heavily with behemoth Samsung. We have been consistently impressed with its G and V series forever! It offers a viable alternative to Chinese-made handsets.

But it has one main impediment to mass sales in Australia.

When you wander into a Telstra store (or any major retailer), the salesman asks two questions?

Are you an Apple or Android person, and what do you want to spend? From that point (assuming you eschew Apple) the salesman will show you a Samsung – and that is it. There are reasons why but let’s say it is easier to sell a brand with ‘street cred’ and there may be some incentive to the salesman to do so.

The only way you are going to see an LG is if you ask for it. Well, it is worth asking for it!