SEOUL, LG Electronics Inc. said Thursday it will release its flagship smartphone, G8 ThinQ, later this month, as it pushes to market the device at experience zones.

The smartphone maker said it opened experience zones for the latest smartphone in 30 of its select shops in the Seoul metropolitan area and will display the devices in some 4,000 shops operated by carriers starting next week.

Pre-orders will begin on March 15 and the smartphone will reach consumers on March 22.

The price is expected to be 897,600 won (US$796), according to industry officials. It is lower than the price tag of the regular Samsung's Galaxy S10, which is priced over 1 million won.

The G8 features a front-facing camera based on 3D technology that offers enhanced security and supports advanced applications as well as using time-of-flight (ToF) technology.

The 4G flagship phone utilizes its OLED display as an audio amplifier for better sound quality during playback.

G8 is the world's first smartphone with advanced palm vein authentication, made possible by the combination of the ToF camera and infrared sensors.

It also features Air Motion, which allows users to answer calls, switch between applications or adjust the volume without touching the phone.

LG said it plans to release its first 5G smartphone with a detachable secondary screen in the first half, but didn't specify its schedule or price range.

Source: Yonhap news Agency