LG is interpreting the concept of foldable smartphones really in another way from Samsung and Huawei. But is the G8X ThinQ, with its two added shows, definitely a excellent strategy? Do we actually want three screens on a smartphone? We went hands-on with the product to locate out. The approach is fantastic, but there is even now substantially to do…

Price and launch date still unknown

Let’s commence with one issue that is missing: the selling price and date for the launch of the LG G8X ThinQ is not however acknowledged. The manufacturer hasn’t announced either yet, and it might get some time right before the G8X ThinQ is truly available for order.

LG G8X ThinQ layout and build excellent

On its individual, the LG G8X ThinQ is very first and foremost a standard
Android smartphone, which –
no marvel – seems to be like the G8 or the G8S. That’s not a undesirable issue, on the contrary. With its 6.4-inch screen and relatively slender display bezels, the LG G8X is a pleasant dimensions. The rounded glass surfaces glance fantastic and make absolutely sure that the smartphone suits snugly in your hand. The two cameras on the back again do not protrude from the housing, but healthy seamlessly into the glass. The fingerprint sensor is located less than the screen.

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The LG G8X ThinQ appears to be pleasing / © AndroidPIT

The LG G8X ThinQ has a few buttons. On the left is the volume rocker and the button for Google Assistant, on the appropriate is the ability button. I like to have the volume rocker on the very same side as the energy button, but which is just a issue of obtaining made use of to. The construct-excellent is flawless.

A excellent OLED display is not ample any more for LG

The LG G8X ThinQ has a 6.4-inch OLED display and a tiny dewdrop notch behind which the entrance selfie camera sits. The screen pleases with beautiful shades, high contrasts and a very good brightness.
So far, so everyday.
But the LG G8X ThinQ has additional than 1 screen, at the very least if you place the smartphone into its scenario.

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The most important show of the LG G8X is pretty to glimpse at / © AndroidPIT

The second large screen is enjoyment

And the next and third exhibit? Like the LG V50, these are in the scenario for the G8X ThinQ, which will likely be bought boxed with the smartphone. On the outside on the lid of the scenario there is a modest show that displays the time and notifications, but only for 10 seconds at a time. Behind the reflecting area it is not seen when switched off.

Far more exciting is the serious display screen on the inside, which turns on when you open the protect. This is the exact same panel as on the smartphone, i.e. a 6.4-inch OLED exhibit with a Full High definition+ resolution. LG even brought the dewdrop notch in excess of to the second screen, though of training course there is no 2nd entrance digicam – that’s a odd style choice.

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Two displays are improved than one. But are a few also far better than two? / © AndroidPIT

You can do all varieties of items with the next screen,
some are useful, some are not. Players will be delighted with the independent gamepad on the decrease screen, a large keyboard for typing is also pleasant and can make the LG G8X ThinQ virtually truly feel like the successor to the Nokia Communicator during my check. Extending the browser or other apps to the complete two screens is no fun nevertheless, the hinge is a great deal as well extensive for that and it ruins the experience.

The early firmware of the LG products shown at the IFA 2019 nonetheless has a variety of bugs and tiny inconsistencies in it. Some applications crashed, and the 2nd screen bought caught or simply just failed to get the job done. LG emphasised, nevertheless, that all these items will be solved in advance of the mobile phone goes on sale.

LG has made its UI prettier

LG has redesigned the
G8X ThinQ program with a new interface
that not only delivers new features to the auxiliary display screen, but it has also been upgraded. The new software, which is dependent on Android 9 Pie, appears to be like a lot more contemporary and attractive. We have to have to look more closely at what it can do when we do our full evaluation of the LG G8X ThinQ.

Impeccable general performance

As for the relaxation of the products, the LG G8X ThinQ has a Snapdragon 855 from Qualcomm, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of inside storage. MicroSD cards are also supported. The efficiency of the LG G8X ThinQ was 
impeccable
for the duration of my to start with take a look at. The smartphone operates speedily and effortlessly, as befits a higher-conclusion product. The battery is compatible with Quick Charge 4. and can be billed wirelessly.

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Two shows are from time to time simple / © AndroidPIT

Huge angle yes, zoom no

The two cameras on the back, which do not protrude from the housing, have 12 and 13-megapixel resolutions. You can find a
broad-angle camera, but no zoom lens
. With its 32 megapixels, the front digital camera has a considerably higher resolution. The pure pixel values, of program, never say anything at all about the quality of the photos and video clips. We will absolutely be examining the cameras more closely when we do our full review of the G8X ThinQ.

The battery has to energy a large amount of screen

The battery daily life really should be exciting,
since the circumstance with the next screen and the third mini show on the entrance does not have its possess battery. The 4,000 mAh battery in the G8X ThinQ so has to generate two huge shows, which should have a major impression on battery everyday living. In continuous operation with two energetic displays, the G8X ThinQ will unquestionably have a difficult time surviving a total day with no needing a recharge.

The future of this a single is unsure

I like the plan with the 2nd screen in the situation pretty considerably, it looks much more robust and simpler to me than a intricate and fragile folding smartphone with a adaptable screen. But regardless of whether one thing like this can encourage the mass market place is a fully different issue. Let us see what value LG pitches this smartphone at – we will stay tuned on that a single.

Steffen Herget