Dueling Reports Debate LG’s Foldable Smartphone Plans (Updated)

On the folding phone front, a Korean paper reports that the LG G8 ThinQ will debut at the mobile industry trade show in February, and that the new flagship phone will feature a folding display.

LG foldable phone 2019
LG foldable phone 2019

To fold or not to fold — that appears to be the question facing LG and its next smartphone, according to dueling reports about the phone maker’s plans for next month’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.

On the folding phone front, a Korean paper reports that the LG G8 ThinQ will debut at the mobile industry trade show in February, and that the new flagship phone will feature a folding display.

The report, published in Dong-A Ilbo, says that LG’s G8 will feature a smaller display that can fold out into a 7-inch screen. Samsung has shown off a similar capability with its Infinity Flex display that will be featured on the upcoming Galaxy F. But that display is a single folding panel; Dong-A Ilbo reports that LG’s version will feature two screens joined together by a hinge.

But wait — a second report in Cnet cites a person familiar with situation at LG who says that’s not what the company is planning at all. Instead, according to that report, Cnet will build a phone that will allow you to attach an optional second screen.

And it will be just one of several phones LG could unveil at MWC in February, none of which will fold. The phone described by Cnet may not even be called the G8.

Who to believe? We’ll have plenty of time to debate that point, as Mobile World Congress doesn’t begin until e.b 25.

The phone described in the Dong-A Ilbo report sounds a lot like the same approach ZTE used for its foldable Axon M smartphone back in 2017, and it wasn’t entirely successful then. While the hinge on the Axon M was certainly sturdy, it also proved a nuisance when trying to use the phone in full-screen mode.

The report on LG’s plans suggests a more seamless screen for the G8. More

By Philip Michaels tomsguide.com