At IFA, LG introduced the latest entry in its G-series phones, the LG G8X ThinQ, along with a more advanced version of the LG Dual Screen, which we saw for the first time at MWC at the beginning of this year. The company’s goal with both products, and in particular with the dual-display accessory, is to offer new and more complete ways of multitasking on a mobile device.
The LG G8X ThinQ is the company’s last major entry in the G series flagship, and although its name suggests an incremental update on its predecessor, the LG G8 ThinQ, it contains enough heat and introduces a handful of welcome improvements from Able to stand out as a significant upgrade.
Design and display
At first glance, the G8X ThinQ obviously carries the design DNA of its predecessor, although it immediately stands out as a larger device: it has a 6.4 “OLED display, while the G8 ThinQ had a 6.1” panel. The other big difference lies in the notch above the screen, which has been reduced by the iPhone design of the previous model.
On the back, the design similarities between the new and the old model continue, as the LG G8X ThinQ has two main, regular and ultra-wide cameras, just like the G8 ThinQ, but there is no physical fingerprint reader under the camera.
Familiar camera setup
LG G8X ThinQ is equipped with two cameras on the back: a standard 12 MP camera with f / 1.8 lens, along with an ultra-wide 13 MP camera with f / 2.4 aperture. On the front, set in a rather discreet notch above the screen, there is a perhaps more impressive selfie camera with a resolution of 32MP and a pixel size of 1.6μm. No matter how you turn it, it’s not an innovative combination in 2019, even with the high-resolution front camera included, but at least LG has taken care to include some new software tricks on the table.
Other features include a 4K time-lapse mode and a new image stabilization software called Steady Cam, which we are very interested in testing, especially since EIS is implemented at the sensor level in this phone for even more fluid videos.
The LG G8X ThinQ can also be a folding phone
The new LG Dual Screen is a more advanced version of the previous model, which was launched earlier this year and housed the LG V50. The dual-screen is not a stand-alone device, but an accessory for the LG G8X ThinQ. Even so, it is an essential accessory, to the point that the expectations are that it will be included with the phone in most places, but, of course, it is possible to buy one separately in case of breakage. It’s basically a case, but with its screen! Two screens, indeed!
The Dual Screen case is equipped with the same 6.4 “OLED screen as in the G8X ThinQ. It also casts a second screen in the mix: a small 2.1” monochrome panel located on the back of the case. It is similar to the “ticker” screens of the old LG phones, as it shows the time, date, battery charge, notifications, and other useful information, without the need to open the case or unlock the device. It should be very energy efficient, due to its monochromatic nature, and it turns off after a couple of seconds of inactivity.
LG’s dual-screen will be available in key markets in the fourth quarter of 2019.
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