LG G8X ThinQ hands-on: Is this LG’s answer to the Galaxy Fold and Mate X?

Foldable smartphones might eventually turn out to be the next big trend, but things haven’t played out as planned. Samsung is finally getting around to re-releasing the Galaxy Fold after fixing glaring design flaws, while the Huawei Mate X still hasn’t seen the light of day.

Enter LG, which today announced the G8X ThinQ. Even though it’s not a foldable phone, the G8X promises a greater amount of flexibility.

The LG G8X has a similar setup to the LG V50 we saw earlier this year. You can buy the phone on its own, but LG is really pushing the Dual Display accessory to go along with it. The G8X itself has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a Full HD+ (2,220 x 1,080) resolution.

Also read: LG G8 review | LG V50 review

The secondary display add-on features the exact same display as the G8X — notch and all. It might not have the allure of a foldable phone, but having the displays joined at the hip by a 360-degree hinge could help the G8X avoid the Galaxy Fold’s issues.

Why not just make a foldable phone? LG says only 30 percent of users in South Korea keep the phone attached at all times, so it makes sense to create a product with an optional second screen.

If you choose to keep the two displays attached, however, LG offers several features to take advantage of the dual-display configuration.

Navigation+ keeps Google Maps open on one screen and whatever you want on the second screen, while Extended View lets you use the same app on the two screens. LG’s web browser uses the two screens, while the company’s software keyboard can take up the entire second screen and lets you fully use the top screen.

Using the My Pick App, you can set an app to automatically open on the second screen when using a certain app on the primary screen. LG’s Game Pad turns the second screen into a gamepad, while the 2.1-inch cover display displays some information.

LG G8X ThinQ Dual Panel 3

Even detached, the G8X looks to be a proper 2019 flagship. The phone features IP68 and MIL-STD-810G ratings for protection against drops and the elements, an in-display fingerprint scanner, 1.2W stereo speakers, a revamped version of LG’s Android skin, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of expandable storage, and a 4,000mAh battery.

The G8X also features rear-mounted 12MP primary and 13MP ultra wide-angle sensors with support for 4K-resolution time-lapse. LG boasted about the cameras’ VCX testing, which resulted in a score of 77. The score puts the G8X’s cameras five points above the Huawei P30, though LG didn’t bring up any DxOMark rating.

LG has yet to announce pricing or availability for the G8X. The LG G8, which launched earlier this year with similar specs, went for $819 when it was announced, though it was quickly discounted after a few weeks on the market. The LG V50’s Dual Screen retailed for around $190 at launch in South Korea. Could this mean the bundle (LG G8X + Dual Screen) will cost ~$1,000? We’re not so sure, but we’ll be sure to keep this article updated as we learn more.

What do you think? Are you liking what you see so far? Let us know in the comments.

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