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LG G8S Thinq 128GB 4GX (128GB/6GB) Black (Telstra Branded, Network UNLOCKED) $499 Free C&C/ $4.99 Delivery @ JB Hi-Fi

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Good price considering the spec, dropped AUD value, and that it's on parity with V40's ongoing lowest price, and arguably better than the previous deal's $99+OneMonthCharge+$390BreakContractFee strategy

The model is LM-G810EA, Telstra branded, network UNLOCKED. Here is the official manual if anyone is interested: http://gscs-b2c.lge.com/downloadFile?fileId=36uYwtIy1L7NG5p9...

NOTE: While claiming to be dual SIM and having two SIM slots in specification, it is reported (thanks pete2) to only have single SIM working. The Telstra branded device is actually a SINGLE SIM variant, with the hybrid SIM/microSD Slot 2 really being just a microSD slot.

Spec copied from JB HiFi (or official spec here):

Phone Operating System Android
Phone Type LG G8S Thinq
Network compatibility 4G
Dual SIM (nano-SIM/nano-SIM) Yes [This is actually not accurate, see above NOTE]
Colour Black
Device screen size (inches) 6.2
Resolution (Pixels) 2248 x 1080
Display type OLED
Touchscreen Yes
Internal memory 128GB
Expandable memory up to 2TB
Expandable memory format Micro SD card
Battery capacity (mAh) 3550
Processor Model Number Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855
RAM (GB) 6
Rear Cameras (MP) 12MP + 12MP Wide + 13MP Telephoto
Front camera (MP) 8MP
Built-in flash Yes
Face detection Yes
Movie recording Ultra HD
GPS Yes
USB (Type-C) Port 1.0
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v5.0
Manufacturer's warranty 2 Years

While not mentioned in the JB HiFi spec above, it does have 3.5mm headphone jack, wireless charging, and is IP68 certified. It does NOT have the quad DAC.

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Comments

  • +3 votes

    v40 is better if u are after a phone with dac

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    So can only use Telstra with this? What if I want to use Optus sim?

    Or Oppo Reno Z $368 deal? Need to think…

  • +3 votes

    Thanks… been toying for ages with buying this from goodguys for around $700 but couldn't justify it - so this was exactly the bargain I needed to replace my long suffering but very hard-working LG G6.

  • +2 votes

    Very good deal this has been hovering around $700 AUD , 500 is a big genuine discount.

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    I have the G7 Thinq, the previous model. Ripper phone. Very impressive hardware, speedy, bright screen and the camera is very good — and the video part of that is excellent. Even the 'boom box' sound thingo works.
    The G8 is similar is size and spec, but with faster processing and a few other bits. Not sure about gesture controls tho…
    Very happy with my G7, but if I had something less, I would jump on the G8 at this price in a heartbeat.

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    This is an awesome deal. I bought a G7 for my wife recently (under $400) but would definitely have grabbed this if it was around at the time.

  • +2 votes

    Great little phone, note there are zero aftermarket cases unless you buy from AliExpress
    I use an iPhone XS Max screen protector from KMart, $7, covers the entire front, and leave the sensor bar open, there's a slight 2mm halo around the bottom.
    Listened to my Focal Elears on this {thanks Ozbargains!} Sound pretty good (I'm sure DAC would be even better)

    Finally I've noticed the V50 stock appears to have been passed over to JB to clear, hoping to see a deal on that in next few weeks . .

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    I was wondering whether the G8s has an SD card slot.
    Update: yes, "Slot for SD or second SIM card"
    according to
    https://www.kimovil.com/en/where-to-buy-lg-g8s-thinq

    • +1 vote

      You can buy a $1 sim thingy from eBay to use two sims and micro SD at the same time. I have been having dual sim plus micro-SD on my LG phones for years.

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      Update - this model doesnt support dual SIM

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    This or samsung a71 / a90?

  • +3 votes

    I can't wrap my head around what LG was thinking making 3 G8 models… Is this just a straight up worse G8?

    • +3 votes

      pretty much. its a G8 but with a 1080p screen instead of 1440 and no quad DAC.

      i think LG has given up on australia as a phone market. shame, because their V60 looks tasty.

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        Yeah the V60 is super tempting but I couldn't fit it in my pocket is the deal-breaker.

        I would've been keen on a G8 for $499 (I have a G6) but it also sounds the G8s has worse cameras and also worse software support the G8 is on Android 10 and the G8s isn't expected to get 10 until Q3…

        • +1 vote

          Yea basically LG gave it a telephoto camera and then in exchange took a few trade-offs. While the other cameras are slight downgrades compare to the G8, they are still very good cameras in the upper/premium mid-range phones, and at least on par or better than previous gens. While this would be a deal-breaker in a flagship charging flagship prices, but now it has dropped to its current price, it's much more forgivable. Personally I don't mind the lower resolution screen, considering it'll actually use less power, and it still has all those standards certification for good colour reproduction accuracy, an OLED panel which means the Dark Mode in upcoming Android 10 update should give it extra power saving.

          While G8S will be slower in getting Android 10, considering it is same gen as G8, it should still get same amount of updates down the road (unless if LG want to abandon EU market as well, as they also got the G8S). While slower, Q3 is the same quarter, but accounting for delays and current outbreak situations, more likely towards end of the year rather than 6 months for Android 10.

          • +1 vote

            @zrmx: Oh yeah great phone for $499 if I was actually in need of the upgrade I would take it just annoying LG messes around the way they do with region models and to me cameras and software are the main points so these being kinda downgrades on the G8 makes it less of a must have buy

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          Same. After seeing the V60, I wanted to go for the G8X, and it turns out that's not going to be sold in AU…

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          Q3, then 6 months later again when Telstra finally releases the Telstra version of the software. They are so slow with releases.

  • +1 vote

    Battery life can't be good with only 3550mah battery.

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      How many hours of SOT is good?

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      I would disagree with that. My phone has 4050mah and I could get two days out of it if I needed.

    • +1 vote

      It depends on the user's usage behaviours. Considering the screen is only 1080p and the OLED panel taking advantage of Dark Modes in apps, it can be quite capable of lasting a day. Although harder to predict if one constantly uses the phone during stay-at-home periods.

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      Battery life is one reason I'm hesitant to get another LG phone. I'm also not impressed with LG Australia customer service, particularly software updates. If they improve those two (or project treble happens), I'll reconsider getting another LG phone.

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    decent price..

  • +1 vote

    What is Telstra branded? Is it just Telstra logo when you switch on the phone?

    • +1 vote

      Yep thats about it, and that warranty might go through Telstra (after bringing it in to JB) rather than through JB's third party network

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      I cannot see any Telstra logo switching the phone on, and none on the box or phone - just two Telstra apps that can be uninstalled.
      This is the least Telstra branded "Telstra" phone I have seen.

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      Telstra ROM , meaning you’d need to wait for them to test and release any upgrades.
      It’ll have the Telstra 24/7 app built in too and tweaks to the radios to suit T better.

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    Awesome deal, thx Op!

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    Just ordered click and collect. What is difference between telstra variant and normal? Late question but wanted to know before going to store so that if locked or something limitation then would cancel at store. :D

    • +1 vote

      Telstra branding means it'll likely be loaded with Telstra related services/apps (usually uninstallable), and Telstra flash screen when powering on the phone. Hopefully we won't need to depend on Telstra to release firmware updates.

      It is making me to believe LG only ever released a Telstra branded handset in Australia, as its official product webpage only lists "TELSTRA(AUSTRALIA)" for product manuals (https://www.lg.com/au/support/support-mobile/lg-LMG810EA#man...).

  • -1 vote

    Here is the official manual if anyone is interested: http://gscs-b2c.lge.com/downloadFile?fileId=36uYwtIy1L7NG5p9...

    people still read manuals?

    • +1 vote

      lol, in case if anyone needs to check the presence of any functions etc. I still read manuals for things that I'm not familiar with (e.g. car, dash cams, pressure cooker etc).

  • +10 votes

    Update - the phone is made in Korea, comes with a 16W LG charger, clear TPU case and basic LG earbuds.
    The phone comes with Android 9 software version 10a, but updates over the air to 10b.
    Home screen has a Telstra group on the homepage with My Telstra and Air apps, which can be uninstalled.
    There is no Telstra branding on the box, the handset exterior, or on startup splash screen.

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    Okay committed, replacing our phones at home with this. I've loved my G6, and sad to be dropping screen resolution but otherwise everything looks great with the G8S.

    Now to find a local glass screen protector…

    • +1 vote

      See my comments above . .

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        Awesome thanks. Extremely hard to find g8s screen protectors, but iphone xs max protectors are a dime a dozen. Taken a punt on some cheap ones on ebay.

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    I was eyeing off the mi9t and missed the JB deal. Now my oneplus 5t is broken (smashed in the car door)
    Should I get this?

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    Oddly, I think I still prefer the v30+

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      Older tech fetish?, for 100 more than the usual v30 offering this seems to be a much stronger deal.

      • +1 vote

        My reasoning is the screen, weight and dimensions.
        The screen is more pleasant, and less stressful to look at IMO - the v30 has less PWM effect from 43-100% brightness so better for me, has smaller bezels, higher resolution, a wider screen in a narrower body and no notch.
        The dimensions are narrower, shorter and thinner, 12g lighter making it easier to hold and use one handed.
        The wider aspect means text is easier to read and e.g. the pattern lock is a nicer size, and the enormous notch on the G8s means notifications are tiny, and only have a limited area to use.
        Snapdragon 835 still usable - I just wish the wide/normal G8 cameras, battery, 6G of RAM and 855 CPU could be put in the v30 package, to make my ideal phone.

        In the meantime I will run Oled Saver to see if it fixes the PWM. If it doesnt, it is going straight on to Gumtree….

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          Is there a glaring and noticeable difference between the two screens? Im thinking about getting this phone but I want the screen to be on par with my v30+.

          • +4 votes

            @robroxas171: The screen on the G8s is bright, clear and vivid.
            If you're affected negatively by screen PWM, it is much more noticeable on the G8s e.g. if you wave your hand between the phone and your eyes, you will notice the strobe effect, which is not there mostly on the v30(above ~40%).
            Colors generally look good, but text on webpages is smaller on the G8s as the screen is narrower.

            Here is a comparison side by side.
            G8s on left, v30 on right
            https://imgur.com/a/eFCi3Cs

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              @pete2: Oh wow thanks! Im not really too bothered by PWM; in fact, a bright clear and vivid screen is what im looking for. I was just wondering if the 1080 vs 1440 was a huge gap in terms of picture clarity.

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                @robroxas171: No problem.
                Regarding the resoution, if you zoom you can see some slight aliasing in the G8s (the slightly diagonal stripes in the white background) I think due to the larger pixels, but I dont think you notice with the naked eye.
                Actually, out of the case, the v30 feels much nicer to hold IMO, the G8s feels rather chunky and heavy by comparison.
                Anyhow, seems Oled saver is presently doing the trick for me, so I will continue my testing for now.

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                  @pete2: Yeah on the v30 you cant see any pixels at all even if you zoom in. Its funny how they would give a phone a subpar screen compared to a model 3 years ago and expect people to pay close to $1000. Anyway, based on your assesment im still inclined to think this is a good deal. No way for $700 but for $500 I think its worth it. The processor and better camera makes up for the screen. Off to JB i go!

                  • +1 vote

                    @robroxas171: Yeah, the CPU is great, the phone is very smooth to use so far. The v30 remains my fave though, it has been going strong since early 2018 for me.
                    The G8s camera takes very nice photos from my first impression.
                    The pixel clarity could also be out of focus issues etc from my handheld photo with an old Olympus EM10…..

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                      @pete2: I’m still using a v20.
                      I love the phone, really like the second screen up top.

                      But maybe it’s getting time for a new phone.

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          Oh Bum I was about to buy one but Im not keen after reading your review. Thanks for the info.

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    Awesome deal!!

  • +1 vote

    This or a little more for the the s10 or pixel 4/xl

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    This seems better than the mi 9t deal even though a bit more expensive.. Might have to pull the trigger on this one!

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      I'd say so, LG is a better brand and my 9t has a few niggles with the software. Coming from a galaxy which was flawless during first 2 years of ownership.

  • +2 votes

    Are there any tricks to getting the dual Sim working?

    Purchased this phone from JB hi-fi macq Park today (was assured it was dual Sim) but can only see one of the two Sims.

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    Is it worth to upgrade from G7 ThinQ?

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