LG G8s ThinQ – all smartphones should be as good
5.0Overall Score
Name: LG G8s ThinQ
Price (RRP): $949-1224
Manufacturer: LG

Life would be good if all smartphones are as good and well-priced as the LG G8s ThinQ – and it is not even the company’s flagship model. The new LG V50 5G ThinQ is.

And that reminds me – if you want the bargain of the year rush into JB Hi-Fi now and get the current model LG V40 4G ThinQ 128GB  for $799 (usually $1299 it is on clearance to make way for the V50 ThinQ 5G Dual screen at $1728). But back to the LG G8s ThinQ – the 4G working-class flagship.

The LG G series (LG G8s ThinQ) is not the top model, but it incorporates all the go-fast bells and whistles – top-of-the-range Qualcomm SD855, 6/128GB/microSD, 6.2-inch OLED, triple rear camera with AI, IP68, Qi charging and fast charging, DTS:X 3D/Meridian sound and a touchless gesture control. What more could you want?

Well, LG wants brand recognition in the smartphone space for producing the equal or better of any flagship brand. Do you want to know why?

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 or (in better days) a Huawei – 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

I strongly suggest you do as the V40, V50 and G8s are all close to perfect!

Read my lips – for the many years I have been reviewing LG’s flagship phones and for fear of sounding like a broken record – they must be on your shopping list!

LG G8s ThinQ 128GB, single SIM, Aurora Black, Tel$tra

Australian website here

Manual here

Price: $1224 from Tel$tra on a 24/36-month payment plan (you can use it on any carrier) but shop around (see later*).

Buy here – or you will regret it

We issue the standard warning that you must buy the genuine model LM-G810EA TEL Mirror Black. This has Australian firmware to work on all Australian Telco carrier LTE bands and can make an 000-emergency call (not 911) without a SIM. This also has Google Pay that works with Australian PayWave readers.

International models with suffixes other an ‘EA’ are not for Australia.

Please do not confuse this with the LG G8 (no ‘s’ suffix) which uses the LM-G20 prefix. It is not for Australia.

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