LG G8X ThinQ First Impressions: 2 Displays Good Enough?
The LG G8 ThinQ successor, LG G8X ThinQ is the all new dual screen smartphone offering a foldable smartphone experience at a much lower cost. Unveiled at IFA 2019, the company brought the phone to India for Rs 49,999 a piece.
We got the device, and it’s a unique experience.
With two screens, one can be removed to use G8x ThinQ as a regular smartphone. LG’s latest try does seem to have everything in it, and the dual screen smartphone attempts to offer something you would want from a foldable smartphone.
Here’s the G8x ThinQ first impressions.
Dual Screen Build
LG G8X ThinQ comes with an additional display. So, you can use two separate displays simultaneously to multitask. Coming to the build, the device is bulky due to the two screens. LG G8X ThinQ weighs 192 grams with a width of 14mm. With the case attached, G8X ThinQ can be hefty to carry.
But with two screens, there’s a lot you can do than one.
But the biggest disadvantage is that you can’t use the dual screens as one extended display. There’s a ‘wide view’ feature, and some apps support two display viewing. The secondary screen can be used to watch videos and working together and more.
At the back, the LG G8X ThinQ comes with a dual-camera setup under the rear panel glass. In all, LG attempts to offer a unique experience with G8X ThinQ with a premium build and design. The G8X ThinQ comes with an IP68 rating, so it’s resistant to water and dust.
LG G8X ThinQ feature a 6.4-inch OLED display on both screens offering a resolution of upto 2340 × 1080 pixels. The smartphone features an in-screen fingerprint sensor on the main screen. Both the displays come with a notch, but only the main display has the facing camera.
The bezels are thin and there’s a small chin on both. The device offers Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection on both screens. The colours are sharp and they offer good contrast and color reproduction.
LG G8X ThinQ runs on the last generation flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, built on a 7nm process. The octa-core processor comes with Adreno 640 GPU with 6GB RAM and 128GB Storage. The storage can further be increased with an external microSD card.
The new LG G8X ThinQ offers the same set of processing specs as LG G8S ThinQ.
The smartphone is quite handy given the two screens, and G8S ThinQ has enough power to offer seamless multitasking with high-end smooth gaming. LG G8X ThinQ will be able to offer flagship level performance with whatever thrown at it on both the displaya.
LG G8X ThinQ comes with a dual rear camera setup. The smartphone comes with a 12-megapixel f/1.8 main shooter paired with a 13-megapixel f/2.4 ultra wide-angle sensor. The device can capture good enough images with optimum color reproduction.
The photography isn’t bad, and the initial results are impressive.
Upfront, the LG smartphone comes with a 32-megapixel single shooter on the main screen with an f/1.9 aperture. The device will be utilising pixel-binning technology, so the front camera will capture images at an 8-megapixel resolution.
Software, Battery, Fast Charging
LG G8X ThinQ runs on an old Android version, Android 9 Pie based on LG’s custom UX OS. It has some preloaded apps with dual screen supported games. The custom OS by LG is loaded with customizations, though some features had to be done precisely to be useful for the dual screens.
The smartphone houses a 4,000mAh battery with support for 21W fast charging (QuickCharge 4.0) and 9W wireless charging.
The device bundles with a 10W wired charger, so you will have to buy a fast charger separately.
Pricing & Early Verdict
LG G8X ThinQ has been priced at Rs 49,999 in the country. Being one of the few dual screen smartphones, LG may have an upper hand in the niche category, but it has to assess whether there are any takers are not. The G8X ThinQ Dual Screen smartphone looks promising, but the competition is cut-throat in the 50K segment.
With something different to offer, the LG G8X ThinQ will be able to deliver a new experience.
The foldable smartphone market is growing gradually, but again LG G8X ThinQ isn’t exactly a foldable smartphone. Though if you are looking for an entry premium smartphone with something new to offer, LG G8X ThinQ won’t disappoint you either.