LG G8X thinQ comes with dual screen accessory to compete foldable smartphone. LG has a different approach to the dual screen craze, hence, opting for a detachable solution. Folding smartphone displays are theoretically a cool feature. But as the Samsung Galaxy Fold has demonstrated, it’s a risky gambit. Likewise, the price might be beyond your price range.
LG Electronics (LG) has unveiled the LG G8XThinQ, its newest G series smartphone. This phone and the advanced LG Dual Screen device was announced at IFA 2019 in Berlin. Both the LG G8XThinQ and LG Dual Screen are designed to create a whole new way to multitask, enjoy content and socialize on mobile.
The LG G8X, as its name suggests, is a slightly modified version of its 2019 flagship, the LG G8 ThinQ. It comes with some major updates such as addition of an in-display fingerprint sensor and an upgraded selfie lens.
The real selling point of the G8X, though, is the innovative second display. Although, the G8X thinQ dual-screen attachment is similar to the one LG showed off at MWC 2019 on the V50 ThinQ. LG said the dual screen detachable is the introduction of a new level of on-the-go multitasking excellence.
LG G8X ThinQ Phone Overview
LG G8X ThinQ specs
- Body: Aluminum frame with Gorilla Glass 6 on front and rear. 159.2×75.8×8.4mm, 192g. MIL-STD-810G compliant (14 categories of tests); IP68 rated for dust and water resistance.
- Screen: 6.4″ FullHD+ OLED; 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a waterdrop notch, 403ppi; HDR 10 support.
- Camera: Primary: 12MP, 1/2.55″ sensor, 1.4µm pixel size; f/1.8 aperture, 78-degree FOV lens, 25mm equiv. focal length, OIS, dual pixel PDAF. Ultra wide-angle: 13MP, 1/2.8″ sensor, 1.0µm pixel size; f/2.4 aperture, 136-degree FOV lens, 16mm equiv. focal length, fixed focus.
- Selfie cam: 32MP, 1/2.8″sensor, 0.8µm pixel size, f/1.9 aperture, 79-degree FOV lens, fixed focus.
- Chipset: Snapdragon 855 chipset, octa-core processor (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485), Adreno 640 GPU.
- Memory: 6GB of RAM; 128GB storage; microSD slot.
- OS: Android 9.0 Pie with LG UX.
- Battery: 4,000mAh Lithium Polymer (sealed); Quick Charge 3.0/Power Delivery fast charging; Qi fast wireless charging.
- Connectivity: LTE-A, USB Type-C; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; GPS; Bluetooth 5.0; FM radio.
- Misc: Under-display fingerprint reader; Hi-Fi Quad DAC; 3.5mm headphone jack; stereo speakers.
- DualScreen: Optional snap on secondary display: 6.4″ FullHD+ OLED (same as main one), 165.9×84.6×15.0mm, 134g, no battery.
Design and Display
The LG G8X ThinQ is so similar to the G8 launched early this year. In terms of look, the design of the two siblings are identical. It features a smooth, solid glass panels on both the front and back. The aluminum side frame meets both glass sheets seamlessly.
It comes with curved edges which makes room for a comfortable grip. On the front is a 6.4-inch OLED screen with a small teardrop notch at the top. It also supports HDR10 and resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, which results to 403 PPI per density. The LG G8X also comes with Always-on display.
Unlike, the LG G8 Thinq and the LG V50 dual screen phone, LG G8X thinQ comes with a thinner bezel at the bottom and almost none at the top. The U-shaped teardrop accomodates the front camera, hence, the 83.3% screen-to-body ratio.
LG G8X sports a full screen display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 which allows for smooth multitasking even without the dual screen. The display is protected by the latest Gorilla Glass 6 by Corning which is the most shatter-resistant glass in the smartphone world.
The top is where the noise-canceling microphone lies while the bottom is populated by the main microphone, the 3.5mm audio jack, the USB-C connector, and the speaker grille. The SIM card/microSD card tray has moved, however, from the top to the right side.
The LG G8X ThinQ sport a dual camera setup. LG also continues the tradition with ultra-wide angle cameras. So in addition to the main 12MP camera (1/2.6″, 1.4µm pixels) with f/1.8 aperture, dual pixel PDAF and OIS, you will also find a 13MP ultra wide-angle camera with f/2.4, and 1.0µm pixels. The rear camera also come with features like HDR, panorama and LED flash for low lightening condition.
For the selfie camera, LG G8X thinQ front-facing shooter packed a single 32MP camera with f/1.9 aperature and HDR feature.
Like V50 and most flagship Android phones in 2019, the LG G8X thinQ is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor. It’s built on the 7nm architecture node from TSMC. It also pack an octa-core CPU that consists of eight big Kryo 485 cores that are clocked differently to optimize performance and efficiency.
The most powerful core is clocked at the whopping 2.84 GHz then there are three toned-down cores clocked at 2.42 GHz and the final cluster of 4x Kryo 485 cores tick at 1.79 GHz and are used for the least demanding tasks.
This unusual processor architecture makes use of ARM’s DynamIQ architecture that bundles different cores with different clocks work seamlessly in a single package. The GPU is Adreno 640 and it’s Qualcomm’s top of the line graphics processor that can handle pretty much everything you throw at it.
LG G8x is pre-installed with Android 9.0 Pie with LG’s own take on Android customization. The UX is heavily-customized with the users convenience in mind. It offers the best users experience from all other LG Users interface.
The LG G8X dual screen also comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which is expandable with the use of a MicroSD card upto 1 TB.
This LG flagship phone packs a a massive Li-Po 4000mAh battery which can be can charged via a USB-C cord with Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging or with the use of a Qi wireless charger.
Like Samsung, LG is one of the few manufacturers to keep the headphone jack. There’s also a USB-C port at the bottom. The phone is also a comes with IP68 dust/water resistant up to 1.5m for 30 mins.
LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen Specs
- Display: 6.4-inch 19.5:9 FHD + OLED FullVision (2,340 x 1,080 / 403ppi)
- Cover Display: 2.1-inch Mono
- Size: 165.96 x 84.63 x 14.99mm
- Weight: 134g
- Contact Type: USB Type-C
- Folding Type: 360 Freestop Hinge
- Color: Aurora Black
LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen
The Dual Screen offers some novel uses and handy features. This extral screen is housed in a wraparound smartphone cover, hence the name Cover Display. The second display is positioned in the left side of the cover with a phone-shaped space on the right side to accommodate the Lg G8X phone.
It comes with a 6.4-inch OLED screen that’s the same size and specification as the main G8X ThinQ screen. The dual screen also comes with a 2.1-inche screen at the front which allows to to access the time and notification icons without opening the Dual Screen. The Cover display has a 360-degree hinge called the Freestop hinge, hence, it can be use in any position.
The two devices (Dual screen and G8x ThinQ) functionality as been redefined. To use the Dual screen smartphone the second screen is now attached through USB-C. After slipping the phone into the awaiting space in the dual screen pouch and positioned correctly, the phone connects to a USB Type-C input at the bottom of the cover and snaps into place. The two devices are easy to connect and disconnected when not needed.
The G8X ThinQ Dual screen smartphone produces the same viewing experience with not one but two 6.4-inch, 2340 x 1080 OLED displays, giving you the tablet experience. The G8X comes with 4000mAh battery however, when using with the dual screen it might seems like a 3000 battery. Although, LG claims the Cover Display only consumes 20% to 30% more charge when it’s enabled, that still means faster battery drain. However, the quick charge feature should be able to combat the challenge.
Conclusively, the LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen smartphone combines power and functionality, hence, multitasking feels natural, and a beautiful screen to behold.
LG G8X ThinQ Full Specification
|Network||Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE|
|Status||Coming soon. Exp. release 2019, November 1|
|Body||Dimensions||159.3 x 75.8 x 8.4 mm (6.27 x 2.98 x 0.33 in)|
|Weight||192 g (6.77 oz)|
|Build||Front glass (Gorilla Glass 5), back glass (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
|Display||Type||OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.4 inches, 100.5 cm2 (~83.3% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Platform||OS||Android 9.0 (Pie)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485)|
|Memory||Card slot||microSD, up to 1 TB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM model
microSD, up to 1 TB (uses shared SIM slot) – dual-SIM model
|Internal||128GB 6GB RAM|
|Main Camera||Dual||12 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (standard), 1/2.6″, 1.4µm, Dual pixel PDAF, OIS
13 MP, f/2.4, 9mm (ultrawide), 1.0µm
|Features||LED flash, HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@240fps, 24-bit/192kHz stereo sound rec.|
|Selfie camera||Single||32 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 0.8µm|
|Sound||Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
DTS: X Surround Sound
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Tuned by Meridian Audio
|Comms||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go|
|Features||Sensors||Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery|
|Charging||Fast battery charging 21W (Quick Charge 4.0)
USB Power Delivery
Wireless charging 9W