Better than a foldable screen?
While LG’s mobile business hasn’t really taken off the way Huawei and Samsung did with their line of Android devices despite making really excellent hardware, it’s clear that the company is not giving up on this market just yet.
In the midst of IFA 2019, LG has officially announced G8X ThinQ, the company’s first dual-screen smartphone. Note that it’s not a foldable screen or even screens at the back and front. The LG G8X ThinQ is your typical clamshell touchscreen smartphone, but the company has included an option to purchase a snap-on case that houses the second screen.
This new modular take on dual-screen looks more feasible compared to forcing consumers with having two-screens or even a foldable one. It means that you can still purchase a normal smartphone and have the second screen as an optional accessory. In this way, you’re not forced to adapt to a technology you don’t want and simply buy the core device.
The LG G8X ThinQ has a 6.4-inch FHD+ display that the second display also has. It connects via USB-C an has a hinge so it can be folded 360-degree without any problems. The outside of the snap-on case also houses a small 2.1-inch display, though it will be mostly used to glance notifications and the time.
Running the LG G8X ThinQ is the new Snapdragon 855+ CPU with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. There’s also an in-display fingerprint reader along with a dedicated Google Assistant button. Like previous flagships from LG, the G8X ThinQ will have a headphone jack that supports 32-bit hi-fi DAC. There’s also support for fast charging and a massive 4,000 mAh battery. The LG G8X ThinQ will have dual cameras (12-megapixel standard and 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle) like the G8, along with a front-facing 32-megapixel camera.
LG said that the G8X will ship later this year, though we still don’t have a confirmation on when it is arriving in the Middle East.