LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen – Introduction
While folding phones display its fancy designs, LG’s approach is much more practical: it has a case with a second screen. It was an approach that was first seen on LG’s ThinQ V50, but now we’ve got a new updated LG’s G8X ThinkQ dual-screen – an evolution of the ThinQ G8 – and available with the screen doubler package, which has been improved compared to the initial effort of the V50.
The advantage of folding phones is to offer a larger screen without necessarily increasing the volume. LG’s accessory approach is intrinsically cumbersome because everything adds to the phone itself, even if it has the advantage of being able to get the phone out of the box if and when you want to return to normalcy.
The dual-screen style catches your attention (and that of others) when you open it like a book, but its usefulness is not up to my expectations, despite the addition of joystick mode. Worse still, The phone itself is not convincing enough to be used without its case.back to menu ↑
LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen – Design
On its own, the LG G8X looks like a typical 2019 smartphone. It is made of glass and metal, a small notch at the top houses the unique selfie camera, and a fingerprint reader is built into the screen. You’ll also enjoy amenities such as a headphone jack and a dedicated Google Assistant button on the side. What is not so typical is that there is no camera bump sticking out.
Instead, the lenses of the camera at the back are protected by the same piece of glass covering the entire back of the phone. Although some people prefer a cleaner appearance, the absence of a hump means that the glass above the lenses is very easy to scratch because it comes in contact with all the surfaces on which the phone rests.
The fingerprint reader in the display is an optical type. Unfortunately, this is one of the slowest drives of this type that I have tested, and the reliability is not excellent either. Alternatives include the old school PIN, template, or password. There is no face recognition of any kind, which is a shame when the face recognition of the G8 has worked very well.back to menu ↑
LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen – Display
The G8X’s 6.4-inch OLED panel is pretty helpful most of the time – but not the sunniest days. This is one of the consequences of its maximum brightness of 403 nits. The iPhone 11 Pro Max (763 nits) and the Samsung Galaxy S10 (611 nits) easily outweigh the G8X. Even the Google Pixel 4 of 429 nits, which is among the low end of new OLED screens, squeaks in front of LG’s latest device.
In other respects, there is less reason to complain. With a resolution of 2340×1080, the G8X display renders images and textless transparent than the Quad HD + panel inside the original G8, although I have not forgotten the extra pixels. Color reproduction is still sharp here, with G8X occupying 176.8% of the sRGB color space in our lab.
This is much higher than the iPhone 11 Pro Max (118.6%), Pixel 4 (130.1%), and OnePlus 7T (155.1%), which indicates that LG’s panel is set for more saturated hues than most of the competition out of the box.back to menu ↑
LG G8X ThinQ – Dual Screen Case
The Dual Screen case differentiates the G8X from almost any other phone that you might own, and LG’s love for quirk speaks out. Insert the G8X ThinQ into the case and connect it to the second screen via a USB Type C connection, powered by the phone. It’s shockingly easy to add and remove, unlike the challenge of detaching some phones from the case’s holster.
The second screen of the matter is identical to the G8X’s FullVision 6.4-inch OLED screen, with the same resolution as the imitation notch and 2,340 x 1,080 pixels. Touch sensitivity is just as good; There is no apparent difference between using one application on one screen rather than the other. All this seems natural. There are plastic volume buttons on the left side of the case, and the phone’s power button is on the right.
The location of the old one lets the volume buttons beneath the second screen when unfolded, a rather delicate position to support. The hinge rotates freely around and the body so that the screen can be folded against the back of the phone, viewed next to it, or positioned as tent-like support.back to menu ↑
LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen – Camera
Only two lenses live on the back panel of the LG G8X – a configuration that is aging rapidly and disappearing from the market. This is a 12-megapixel primary lens f/1.8 aperture with optical image stabilization and a 13-megapixel f/2.4 super wide-angle lens. On the front side, a 32-megapixel f/1.9 aperture selfie camera.
The photos he takes are correct, but not exceptional. It captures wonderfully bright skies and captures a beautiful sunset, but struggles hard under severe lighting conditions when using the wide-angle lens, as well as in low-light conditions. You end up thinking that the camera may not take the picture you want, and therefore you do not care. LG was the first to use wide-angle lenses on smartphones but did not follow the telephoto trend.
The G8X lacks a bit of creative fun and a 2X optical zoom more than on phones like the OnePlus 7T. However, there are many other features of the camera, such as a manual mode for photo and video, flash cutting to create gifs, and studio lighting modes. The dual-screen housing can be a smart camera accessory. Another screen can be used as a viewfinder to improve the capture of specific angles.
You can also use it to hold the phone up and shoot selfies or accelerated video, which the LG’s G8X can do in 4K resolution. The results are stunning too. There is a Steady Cam function that reduces blur when you move quickly, as well as AI Action Shot that automatically adjusts the shutter speed and allows focus on fast-moving subjects.back to menu ↑
LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen – Security
LG has also moved the fingerprint reader from the back of the phone to the underside of the screen, which is a positive step forward in terms of design and modernity, but lower functionality. It’s not fast, and it’s not accurate. I have scanned my fingerprint several times, but its failure rate is still unacceptable – it fails more than once a day – and it does not read excessively dry or slightly wet fingers at all.
The weaknesses of the fingerprint sensor are compounded by the inexplicable lack of unlocking of the faces. It seems that the G8X ThinQ has had no function for years, forcing you to depend on the unreliable fingerprint sensor, and a PIN code, or, worse, the complete deactivation of security.
I can forgive fingerprint readers for their traits when there is an excellent daily alternative that does not imply that I go back in time to PINs and templates. The G8X ThinQ does not have that.back to menu ↑
LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen – Battery
Support it with a 4000 mAh battery, and things are much more convincing. There is no separate battery for the dual-screen, however, if you use both at high brightness, you will see the impact that will have on the phone. In general, the life of the battery is perfect: the light days, we are at the end of the day with a 70% battery, the more intense days with many games, we charge the mobile phone in the evening, but it’s not bad overall experience.
So there is a lot of power, and we found the intense games such as Call of Duty: Mobile run correctly. Even with the bulk of the cases folded back on itself, we continued our successes on this game – the impressive stereo speakers also add to the experience.back to menu ↑
LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen – Audio
One of the leading and best reasons that I and many others like LG smartphones is the audio experience, which is second to none. No other mobile phone, not even the brilliant-sounding iPhone, can follow. Plug a good pair of headphones into the G8X’s 3.5mm jack and get ready for astonishment.
You can not listen to music on a mobile device like this outside of an excellent dedicated player. With the support of high-resolution files and a fabulous DAC Quad Hi-Fi, the G8X ThinQ is sublime.back to menu ↑
LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen – Software
The LG G8X uses Android 9 Pie, which is sad to see that Android 10 has been out for several months. At the top, we have LG’s custom interface that has been modified for one-handed use: for example, the drop-down buttons on the drop-down menu are now positioned at the bottom. But overall, the experience is robust at the moment.
Minor issues have spoiled the experience for me: things like the phone freezing on the lock screen for about 20 seconds or the combo of screenshot buttons that refuses to work.back to menu ↑
LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen – Performance
The G8X may not be technically the most powerful Android flagship product we’ve seen this year, but it’s fast enough to run two apps side-by-side on different screens without breaking the sweat. And that’s enough. With a Snapdragon-855 chipset at the bar and 6GB of RAM, the G8X is identical to the Pixel 4 on paper, although landmarks place LG’s phone in front.
While Google’s flagship product stood out with a score of 2,329 points at Geekbench 5, the G8X delivered 2,704 points, indicating a slightly stronger overall performance. What is more surprising is that the result is not far from the top of 2,759 units of OnePlus 7T – and that this device benefits from Qualcomm’s new 855 Plus processor, as well as 8GB of RAM.
These numbers translate well into everyday use because the G8X certainly has the power to grind two screens with different applications. The Dual Screen feature can be programmed to open an app automatically when the second display is activated.back to menu ↑
LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen – Using A Dual Display Phone
Welcome to the most crucial section of this review. In the end, is it fun to use a dual-screen phone? Just like proper folding, it is convenient to have more screen. If you like to use your phone to watch videos, it’s good to have a completely separate screen to scroll through Twitter or text. That’s good, and the whole is neither too big nor too heavy to handle.
Curiously, the G8X and Dual Screen have the advantage of not having the most advanced screen technology possible. Unlike the complex multi-application configuration of both the Galaxy Fold, LG’s setup is simple: you have two screens, and you can switch between them as you wish, without any confusion or sleek interface.
You can use both screens individually or as a large screen, depending on the application. If you use the screens separately, open your favorite app on each side. It should be noted that you can’t open multiple instances of the same application. There are a handful of applications running on both screens at the same time, most of which are designed by LG, such as the web browser and the email application.
There are a few cool things to do with both screens. If you are a player, you can turn one of the screens into a customizable gamepad for compatible titles. And if you want to quickly copy and paste what’s on the opposite screen in a text message or WhatsApp, the keyboard has buttons that do it seamlessly. We used the G8X for about a week, and both screens worked well together.back to menu ↑
LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen – Verdict
The latest revision of its flagship G8 by LG is not perfect, but it is stable enough and offers a unique user experience if you choose to hang the dual-screen case. The Dual-Screen feature is not excellent but is an indisputable advantage from time to time.
Although this seems like an upside-down compliment, it’s probably the best thing about LG’s approach to its folding phone – you’re free to use it whenever you want, and you do not want to. are not embarrassed when you do not do it. And the fact that the case comes with the handset makes it much more convincing than if sold separately.
It is also useful that the G8X ThinQ Dual-Screen is a respectable smartphone in many ways, with reliable performance, a long battery life, a good screen, no matter how good, and – last but not least the least – a headphone jack. For better or for worse, there is no phone like this today.
The LG G8X's call may be a niche, but it's an exciting concept that offers an alternative to folding phones and gives budget-conscious buyers more screen for whatever they want to do on their phone.
- Affordable dual-screen
- Dual Screen handy for watching media & playing gaming
- Solid performance
- Great audio features
- Sluggish software
- No Face Unlock
- Poor fingerprint sensor