While Samsung is taking another shot at foldable smartphones with the relaunch of its Galaxy Fold device, LG is taking a slightly different route. At the IFA 2019 trade show in Berlin, the company has announced the LG G8X ThinQ that comes with a detachable secondary display. This isn't the first time LG is toying with the idea of a dual display setup. Earlier this year, LG launched the V50 smartphone with a secondary snap-on case in South Korea. Notably, the LG G8X ThinQ will be released as LG V50S ThinQ in South Korea with 5G support.
The new LG G8X ThinQ works with a secondary display, the LG Dual Screen, that plugs in via a USB Type-C connection. The secondary display is of the same size as the primary display, 6.4-inch full-HD+, so the resulting device ends up looking like a usual foldable smartphone. A hinge lets users turn the display to a full 360-degree, promising a sturdy build.
LG says its latest G-series phone and the improved LG Dual Screen are meant to offer a better way to multitask and access content on a mobile device.
The case also packs another 2.1-inch monochrome OLED display on the outside. This can be used to display some information such as time, date, battery status, notification markers, and other details.
LG G8X ThinQ specifications
The LG G8X ThinQ comes with a 6.4-inch FullVision display and sports an in-display fingerprint sensor. There's a small waterdrop-shaped display notch on the front that houses a 32-megapixel front-facing camera. The camera comes with a Reflected Mode that makes it easier to take portrait shots in low-light conditions.
At the rear, the LG G8X ThinQ features a dual-camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary camera sensor along with a 13-megapixel secondary shooter with super wide-angle lens. LG is bringing a host of software features to power its cameras on the G8X ThinQ. AI Action Shot helps speed up the shutter speed up to 1/480s to capture fast-moving objections. LG has also added improved video stabilisation.
The phone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC, supported by 6GB of RAM. It runs Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box and will be available with 128GB of storage. A new ASMR mode lets users capture much more detailed audio using all the microphones present on the device.
LG G8X ThinQ comes with a 4,000mAh battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The phone includes two 1.2W speakers and features a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, tuned by Meridian Audio that promises exceptional sound quality.
The LG G8X ThinQ and the LG Dual Screen will both ship sometime later this year. LG will announce pricing details later on. As mentioned, LG G8X ThinQ will be released in the company's home market as LG V50S ThinQ with added 5G support. For our full IFA 2019 coverage visit this page.