LG and Infineon: G8 ThinQ will have a TOF 3D sensor

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LG has not announced its new annual flagship at the MWC in Barcelona, since the LG G6 almost two years ago. However, rumors indicate that the Korean company may decide to return to the Catalan fair in style.

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LG and Infineon: 3D and AR face unlock for G8 ThinQ

LG has the habit of presenting the most distinctive features of its top of the range smartphones weeks before the official release.

This time the front camera of LG G8 ThinQ is the subject of the press release. The Korean company has in fact entrusted the German Infineon for the production of ToF sensors (time of flight) that will accompany the selfie camera of the G8 arriving at the MWC 2019 in Barcelona.

ToF sensors can detect 3D images by observing the infrared spectrum. This allows for face recognition and 3D image scans in a very short time compared to the use of computational photography or to the combination of information coming from several cameras. This reduces the workload of the SoC and therefore allows for better energy saving.

Furthermore, all factors that could disturb an image (such as too much or too little light) do not affect the measurements of the ToF sensor.

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The 3D render published by LG with the clearly visible G8 ThinQ logo. / © LG Newsroom

The sensor chosen for LG G8 ThinQ is the Infineon REAL3 ™ . It will not only make unlocking the smartphone faster, more precise and secure, but will also allow for the use of AR applications such as stickers and beauty filters.

“Infineon is ready to revolutionize the market,” said Andreas Urschitz, president of Infineon’s Power Management & Multimarket division. “Within five years, we expect 3D cameras to be present in most smartphones, and Infineon will contribute significantly.”

Did you expect the arrival of a function similar to the Face ID on the LG G8 ThinQ?


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LG could show up at the MWC in style

As reported by our colleagues from Android Authority, it seems that LG has big plans for the annual fair in Barcelona. The MWC, for years the world’s leading trade fair for new products in the field of smartphones, is increasingly being snubbed by manufacturers who decide to present their new products at dedicated events, in order to grab the attention of the public and the press.

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LG G6 is the latest smartphone in the G series presented in Barcelona. / © AndroidPIT

The Korean company seems to want to use the Spanish stage again to present its new LG G8 (who knows if it will keep the wording ThinQ…). The flagship could, therefore, hasten the times compared to its predecessor, the LG G7 ThinQ, which was announced after MWC. These rumors also seem to contradict last year’s statements by the company, which had announced that it no longer wanted to present new devices on an annual basis but “when ready to debut”.

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LG V40 ThinQ surprised us, we hope well for G8! / © AndroidPIT

It seems that Xiaomi also has an event in store on the same day chosen by the Korean company, which could take the attention away from LG’s now dying mobile department. It is therefore not yet certain that G8 will make its appearance at MWC, although the large concentration of journalists, bloggers, YouTubers and fans in attendance could give LG the necessary boost to fight the new competition coming from Asian markets such as OPPO and the aforementioned Xiaomi.

No speakers in the LG G8?

The G8 is expected to be LG’s first flagship smartphone of the year and will come with a very special feature. This is what Steve Hemmerstoffer, a well-informed tipster in the past, claims to have learned from his sources. According to them, the LG G8’s big innovation is called “Sound in Display”.

It’s not the first time you’ve heard of the technology: With the Crystal Sound OLED TVs, LG already relies on the technology and does not install a traditional loudspeaker in the televisions. Instead, the sound is generated by a so-called “exciter”, which uses the display as a loudspeaker membrane. This provides a crystal-clear sound corresponding to the name, but lacks bass, at least on the TVs. However, the vibration itself is not visible.

However, the vibration is noticeable, so it remains questionable how LG will implement the technology in the G8. In contrast to OLED TVs, the smartphone display is squeezed into a relatively tight corset, which means that the vibration is also transmitted to the housing and may feel unpleasant in the long run.

Will it even replace the normal loudspeaker or should the technology only be used for calls? For the latter, one could indeed eliminate the upper bezel, thanks to meanwhile various possibilities to accommodate the front camera. But does this require special technology? Because even in the narrow edges of the frame, more and more smartphones can easily fit the earcup.

What do you think of the technology? Do you think it makes sense to give the loudspeaker such attention in terms of features? Write us in the comments what you hope to see from the LG G8!

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