The IFA started traveling to the public for a few hours, but announcements have been going in from the left and right for the past few days. LG will not miss this opportunity to announce a new phone and for now we have the G8X ThinkQ to take a first look.
It has refined LG’s dual-screen setup, making it a more symmetrical, usable feature. If you’re looking for extra screen real estate that still fits in your pocket it’s really the only choice at the moment.
It is sort of a follow-up to the G8, announced at MWC in the spring, with some spec changes. Plus, it has a secondary display accessory – a concept borrowed from the V50 ThinQ. It is the latest attempt from the South Korean firm to take advantage of our multi-tasking tendencies while also trying to get a jump on the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, by offering up a sort of hybrid foldable phone.
For starters, the G8X has a larger display than the G8, but this one is lower-res – 6.4″ FullHD+ here vs. the G8’s 6.1″ QHD+. This new display comes with a fingerprint reader embedded, a first on an LG high-end phone.
The main cam is usually paired with a 12MP unit and a 13MP Ultra Wide Angle shooter (the G8 and V50 have a 16MP Ultra wide, so that’s different). On the front, a 32MP quad bayar cam replaces the unforgettable 8MP snapper of the Spring-time model.
- Body: Aluminum frame with Gorilla Glass 6 on front and rear. 159.2×75.8×8.4mm, 192g. MIL-STD-810G compliant (14 categories of tests); IP68 rated for dust and water resistance.
- Screen: 6.4″ FullHD+ OLED; 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a waterdrop notch, 403ppi; HDR 10 support.
- Camera: Primary: 12MP, 1/2.55″ sensor, 1.4µm pixel size; f/1.8 aperture, 78-degree FOV lens, 25mm equiv. focal length, OIS, dual pixel PDAF. Ultra wide-angle: 13MP, 1/2.8″ sensor, 1.0µm pixel size; f/2.4 aperture, 136-degree FOV lens, 16mm equiv. focal length, fixed focus.
- Selfie cam: 32MP, 1/2.8″sensor, 0.8µm pixel size, f/1.9 aperture, 79-degree FOV lens, fixed focus.
- Chipset: Snapdragon 855 chipset, octa-core processor (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485), Adreno 640 GPU.
- Memory: 6GB of RAM; 128GB storage; microSD slot.
- OS: Android 9.0 Pie with LG UX.
- Battery: 4,000mAh Lithium Polymer (sealed); Quick Charge 3.0/Power Delivery fast charging; Qi fast wireless charging.
- Connectivity: LTE-A, USB Type-C; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; GPS; Bluetooth 5.0; FM radio.
- Misc: Under-display fingerprint reader; Hi-Fi Quad DAC; 3.5mm headphone jack; stereo speakers.
- DualScreen: Optional snap on secondary display: 6.4″ FullHD+ OLED (same as main one), 165.9×84.6×15.0mm, 134g, no battery.
The G8X puts the Snapdragon 855 chipset (so not the 855+), and will be available in a single 6GB / 128GB configuration at least during launch. A significant upgrade over the G8 is the battery capacity of the G8X – 4,000mAh capacity looks promising.
Well, if you do not intend to use the option dualscreen – it does not have its own battery and feeds the original phone’s power pack. LG says it will only contribute to the extra 20-30% battery drain, so things shouldn’t be too bad.
The LG G8X ThinQ is a flagship smartphone that doesn’t follow the usual rules of high-end handsets. Its dual-screen party piece certainly sets it apart from the crowd and has some interesting use cases – but it can add extra cost to the device.
We’re still waiting to hear the price tag of the LG G8X ThinQ – get it right and we may have a dual screen in our hands, but too much and the fancy of the second screen may be wearing thin, leaving you with a precise, premium, featured phone that’s still a bit in the middle of the road feel.