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LG Electronics has been releasing one innovative phone after another to revive its smartphone business. Last year, the company launched the LG V40 with five cameras but it didn’t taste much success. It was one of the most underrated smartphones of 2018. The Korean company is preparing to launch its next-gen LG G8 ThinQ at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) next month.
LG G8 ThinQ to be unveiled on February 24
LG has sent out press invites teasing touchless gesture controls. The teaser has sparked speculations that LG G8 ThinQ could be the company’s first phone to get the feature. The 13-second teaser video starts with a piece of paper laid on the screen. Then a wave of a hand from the left to right side on the paper brings up Goodbye Touch. Then another wave of the hand in the opposite direction brings up MWC 2019 LG Premiere.
The short video ends with the location and date of the event. LG Electronics is set to hold its unveiling event on February 24th at the Center de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona. The idea of touchless gesture controls sounds interesting in theory, but a lot would depend on the implementation.
Samsung had introduced a similar technology called Air Gestures with the Galaxy S4 to let users interact with the device without having to touch it. But it was not that intuitive and consumers didn’t like it. According to the Korean media, the LG G8 ThinQ would have a new ‘touchless input’ user interface, where users can control the device through hover gestures from up to 11 inches away from the screen. The phone will have a sensor on the front to recognize your gestures.
Only time will tell whether the LG G8 ThinQ’s gesture controls would be