While the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the HUAWEI Mate X are set to herald a new trend of foldable smartphones LG has a different approach to it as it aims at mainstreaming a new form factor, a phone with dual screens- one main screen and the other, a detachable one.
As LG launched the LG G8X ThinQ at IFA 2019 it piqued everybody’s interest for its dual screens though it is not the first time LG has flirted with this idea. LG earlier this year launched the LG V50Q ThinQ with dual screens along with the LG G8 ThinQ at MWC 2019.
And now what LG has done is it has launched a successor to the LG G8 ThinQ in the form of the LG G8X ThinQ borrowing the dual-screen idea from the LG V50Q ThinQ, albeit with some refinements.
The LG G8X ThinQ is no doubt a two-screen smartphone but it is a standalone device as well. Like a normal phone, the LG G8X ThinQ sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ OLED FullVision display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a smaller waterdrop notch upfront. The display also embeds a digital fingerprint scanner underneath. The smartphone also uses a USB Type-C port without shunning the legacy 3.5mm audio jack.
The glass back of the device mounts a dual-camera system including a 12MP primary sensor and a 13MP super-wide-angle sensor. On the front, a 32MP selfie shooter lives inside the notch. And quite intriguingly, while recording videos users can now switch between front and rear camera.
Under the hood, the LG G8X ThinQ is powered by Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage with up to 2TB expansion support via microSD card. A 4,000mAh battery amply backs the phone, considering it also supports a secondary display that sucks juice.
The LG G8X ThinQ comes with a Dual Cover. When there is a need of a secondary screen the phone needs to be slid into the right leaf of the Dual Cover. The phone attaches to the Cover via USB Type-C port instead of Pogo pins used in the case of the LG V50Q ThinQ.
The left leaf of the dual cover already has a display with same size and resolution as that of the LG G8X ThinQ primary display. The second display also has a water-drop notch like that of the primary display but it is a fake one just for the symmetry purpose.
The Dual Cover needs to be opened like a book to take advantage of the two-screen real estate. And when folded there appears a third 2.1-inch mono display on the outer side of the Dual Cover, letting the users have a quick peek to notifications as well as real-time info about date and time without having to open the device.
When held in landscape mode, one of the displays will turn into a trackpad for gaming or a keypad for typing. Also, the two screens will work as two windows for pages to open, elevating our multitasking experience. Both the sides of the Dual Cover are attached via hinges for a seamless 360-degree rotation.
Despite announcing the launch of the LG G8X ThinQ the company has, however, refrained from detailing the price and availability of the phone. We hope LG will soon divulge some information in this regard. So, stay tuned with us.