South Korean tech giant LG has announced ahead of the IFA trade show in Berlin the G8X Dual Screen, an update to its G8 flagship that supports the second display attachment accessory that was first introduced with LG’s V50 back in February.
Although the V50 and its second screen attachment wasn’t widely released, I was able to import one in Hong Kong to test anyway, which I found to be a more practical solution to the foldable craze that’s overtaken the smartphone fanbase ever since Samsung and Huawei began teasing their long-delayed foldables earlier this year.
The G8X, by itself, sounds like a very minor upgrade over the G8, and that’s about half true. While the phone still runs on the same Snapdragon 855 processor and has the same main camera hardware, the G8X fixes the G8’s biggest problem: the latter phone had a relatively dated design. The G8X has a smaller notch, an in-display fingerprint reader, and runs on LG’s new, cleaner Android skin. All three combine to give the device a look and feel that is more in line with 2019.
But it’s the “Dual Screen” second screen attachment that makes the G8X stand out from the dozens of phones on the market, and the dozens more still to come before the year ends. I had the chance to test a pre-production model of the G8X Dual Screen recently, and I’m happy to report that LG has improved the second screen accessory’s hardware and software, too.
The hardware improvements are minor but all useful: the hinge is now sturdier and stays still at any angle—previously the V50 Dual Screen only had four fixed angles. It consumes slightly less power, according to LG, and is also slightly lighter and thinner.
More importantly, there’s a third 2.1-inch monochrome display that allows users to see the time and notifications when the G8X Dual Screen is closed in “folded-up” form. Previously on the V50, when the device was folded, the only way to see information from the phone was to open the clamshell design. More info and photos