Canada’s First Foldable Android: The LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen Full Review

Two huge OLED screens with HDR10 that will turn heads

The LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen Full Review
The LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen Full Review

Verdict

By Stephen Clark

Industry-leading premium hardware gives the G8X ThinQ incredible performance. That’s a good launching point for the unique Dual Screen accessory which adds a secondary 6.4″ display in a foldable case. The 360 Freestop Hinge holds the screens in whatever position you want for truly unique smartphone use.

It’s pretty heavy (326g or 0.7lbs) and you’ll need both hands to use it most of the time. There’s a steep learning curve for users and LG still needs to refine a few bugs out of the dual screen architecture. Even so, after it launches at most major Canadian carriers on November 1, 2019, it’s easily the best way to impress all your friends and colleagues in a time when most smartphones look the same.

What we love

  • Two huge OLED screens with HDR10 that will turn heads
  • Premium hardware specifications
  • Third screen for notifications
  • New ways to use a smartphone

What could be improved

  • Big and heavy, you’ll need both hands
  • New tech requires a learning curve
  • More customization for game pad app
  • Expensive but what top-of-the-line toy isn’t?

LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen


Take a powerful smartphone with a fast CPU, flagship features like in-screen fingerprint reader, and LG’s impressive audio playback performance and add a secondary 6.4″ OLED display. While companies like Samsung and HUAWEI are desperately trying to work the bugs out of foldable smartphones, LG is offering many of the same features with simpler and cheaper hardware.

You may have already heard of the LG G8 smartphone. It’s LG’s most powerful smartphone and was released in Canada earlier this year. The LG G8X swaps out some hardware features, adds a dual screen accessory and makes this the phone that everyone will want to see up close.

I considered comparing it to one of the foldable phones on the market—Samsung has the Galaxy Fold, HUAWEI is releasing the Mate X, and there’s a rumoured Motorola RAZR foldable smartphone—but none of these are available in Canada. The LG G8X ThinQ is available starting November 1, 2019 from nearly every major mobile carrier across Canada.

LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen vs. LG G8 ThinQ


Let’s compare the LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen to the LG G8 ThinQ which is similar enough, but different in ways that truly set it apart from every other device on the market.

How LG G8X Dual Screen and LG G8 Are The Same

The LG G8 was released at the start of 2019 and built on LG’s history of putting powerful hardware in a flagship phone and adding great features. The LG G8X has the same Snapdragon 855 CPU, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage that’s expandable with a microSD card. Both smartphones run LG’s older Android 9.0 Pie operating system.

Both devices have wide and ultra-wide rear cameras, and front-facing camera technology to take impressive shots. The hardware inside each model is slightly different, but we’ll go into that more below. Another general similarity is LG’s continued commitment to premium audio. Once you enable DTS:X certification and 32-bit DAC you’ll find the G8 and G8X both feature impressive audio playback even if the hardware is slightly different.

You’ll find support for major nationwide LTE bands, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and FM radio in the G8 and G8X. There’s even a headphone jack on both models. Add 21W Quick Charge over the USB 3.1 Type-C connector and wireless charging at 9W and there’s little left to want out of these premium devices.

How the LG G8X Dual Screen is Different

LG tried to set the G8 apart from the competition by including a front-facing sensor that allows you to control apps without touching your screen, or unlock your phone using the unique vein pattern in your hand. The G8X switches out some of the G8 hardware (including the touch-free sensor) in order to enable that huge second display.

Display: The LG G8 features a 6.1″ QuadHD+ display with about 4.5 million pixels on its long 19.5:9 aspect ratio screen. The G8X has a larger 6.4″ display with the same aspect ratio. The resolution is lower, but when you insert the G8X into the Dual Screen case it powers up an identical 6.4″ display. You now have more than 5 million pixels of juicy HDR10 colour spread over two monstrous screens. There’s a teardrop-shaped notch on both screens, but only the primary screen has a camera. The second one is just for visual balance. 

The built-in LG Game Pad software lets you turn one screen into a controller that should work with any game that supports Bluetooth gamepads. Partnered with a blazing-fast Adreno 640 GPU this makes gaming on a smartphone about as good as it gets. More

Stephen Clark

By Stephen Clark https://www.whistleout.ca/