Meet the World First Vein Recognition Smartphone – LG G8 Thinq

LG announced its new G8 ThinQ smartphone on Sunday, and it comes with a unique trick to unlock the phone: vein recognition.

Indeed, the LG G8 uses the veins in the palms of your hands to unlock the phone, which the company calls “Hand ID.” It’s a novel method, but it’s the same idea as advanced facial recognition.

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To detect and recognize your veins, the LG G8 has what LG calls a “Z” camera that detects a users’ veins with infrared light. There’s also a 3D sensing “time of flight” (ToF) camera on the front of the LG G8 that detects the shape, thickness, and other individual characteristics of a user’s palms.

To unlock the LG G8 using Hand ID, a user needs to hover their palm above the LG G8’s selfie camera, and raise it up slowly:

Under the hood, you’ll find things like a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage (that can be expanded), and a 3,500 mAh battery.

Look at the spec Sheet below;

LG G8 Specifications & Price

Operating System Android 9 Pie
Display 6.1-inch OLED
Gorilla Glass 6
HDR 10
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Storage 128GB
Expandable microSD up to 2TB
Camera (Main) 12MP, 1.4µm pixels, ƒ/1.5, OIS
78° lens
Camera (Wide) 16MP, 1.0µm pixels, ƒ/1.9
107° lens, fixed focus
Camera (Telephoto) 12MP, 1.0µm, ƒ/2.4, 56mm OIS
Front Camera 8MP, ƒ/1.7
80° lens, fixed focus
Front Camera (Secondary) ToF
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC
USB-C 3.1
Audio 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC
Boombox speaker
Crystal Sound OLED Stereo Speaker
Headphone jack
Battery 3500mAh
Charging USB-C
Quick Charge 3.0
Qi wireless
Water resistance IP68
MIL-STD 810G certified
Security Rear fingerprint sensor
Face unlock
Hand ID
Dimensions 151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4 mm
Weight 167 grams
Colors Carmine Red, New Aurora Black, New Platinum Gray
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18 thoughts on “Meet the World First Vein Recognition Smartphone – LG G8 Thinq”

  1. It is an amazing approach but not necessary. I mean, is unlocking phone with one’s vein more convenient than other means? How secure will it be?


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