LG G8X Review Rundown
LG Electronics | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 24 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
The LG G8X ThinQ is a solid smartphone on its own, but when paired with the Dual Screen cover, it quickly becomes cumbersome and buggy. The LG Gamepad feature puts a gamepad on the lower screen and displays your game in the top screen, similar to a Nintendo 3DS or the Twin View Dock 2 for the Asus ROG Phone 2. There's no face recognition of any kind which is a shame when the G8's face recognition worked really well. The new 360-degree ‘Freestop’ function is a simple name for a simple function.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.
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Reviewers from Gizmodo have found the following[***]:
The LG G8X is a pretty standard Android phone with specs that fall between what you get on a Pixel 4 XL and a Samsung Galaxy S10+. But bundled along with the phone is LG's Dual Screen accessory, which adds an identical 6.4-inch OLED screen that's attached to a nifty folding cover. The total asking price for both the phone and the Dual Screen is $700.
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
For a limited time, LG, Sprint and AT&T are selling the G8X for $700, $750 and $780. That price puts it pretty much on par with, if not a tad cheaper than, most high-end phones. It's quite clunky to carry around and you won't be able to watch videos on a seamless, single tablet-esque screen.
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen is an oddity. It houses two screens — a monochrome display on the outside for quick-glance information, and a phone-sized screen on the inside. The case is 134 grams, so when added to the phone, you've got a 326 gram device that's 15mm thick to carry around. LG pioneered the use of wide-angle lenses but has not kept up with the trend.
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The LG G8X ThinQ has a folding design and twin 6.4in displays. It has the fastest, most efficient Qualcomm chip at the helm – the octa-core Snapdragon 855. It comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage plus a microSD card slot. Backed with a 4,000mAh battery this ought to deliver decent battery life.
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
The LG G8X ThinQ has been available in the United States for $699 since November 1. The smartphone is available for €949 in Germany, but LG offers cashback sum of €200, for a final price of €749. LG has given in to this trend that most high-end smartphones now offer. LG does not really offer many software possibilities for managing both displays.
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The G8X ThinQ has two 6.4-inch AMOLED displays that resolve natively at 2340x1080. There is a third display on the reverse side too, which you can use as an ambient display when the device is on standby. The device ships with Android 9.0 Pie, atop of which LG has added a few customisations. It has a 4,000 mAh battery, which gives the device excellent battery life.
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The LG G8X is a solid smartphone that offers good performance, all-day battery life, and a stellar camera. The Dual Screen cover adds a second OLED display to the mix, for a different type of folding phone experience. Using it with the cover open feels unwieldy, but you have no other option unless you take it off and put it in your pocket.
Reviewers from Phonearena have found the following[***]:
The LG G8X costs just $700, and with its DualScreen accessory, it provides more screen space than you've ever been able to put in your pocket. The in-display fingerprint reader is one of the slowest readers of this kind I've tested and reliability isn't great either. There's no face recognition of any kind which is a shame when the G8's face recognition worked really well.
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen is an optional attachment that gives you a fully functional second touch screen in a laptop-esque clamshell design. This isn't exactly the same Dual Screen that we saw earlier this year though, as LG has packed in a few upgrades and refinements that fix some of the first iteration's biggest failings. The 6.4in OLED display (up from 6.2in) is now the same size as the main phone, which makes moving windows between the two feel much more natural. It's not ugly, but it's certainly not striking.
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The LG G8X has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ OLED display (2,340 x 1,080) with a tall 19.5:9 ratio. The outer front of the Dual Screen houses a 2.1-inch mini-screen, which is tastefully hidden amid an all-black cover underneath a front glass display until you summon it by hitting the lock button. It's ultimately a two-handed device when it's docked, essentially operating like a smartphone in a folio case.
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The G8X ThinQ barely looks different from LG's last several flagships. The omission of the depth-sensing Z Camera on the earlier model has allowed LG to pare down the notch on the main display to a teardrop shape. The second display essentially functions as another phone, with its own home screen.
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The LG G8X ThinQ is a dual screen smartphone with a removable display. The extraneous screen is housed in a wraparound smartphone cover, hence the name Cover Display. With the cover attached, the Dual Screen weighs 11.5 ounces and 6.5 x 3.3 x 0.6 inches. LG claims the Cover Display only consumes 20% more battery charge when enabled.
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The LG G8X ThinQ costs $699 with the “second screen” case accessory, similar to the cost of the OnePlus 7 Pro. It has a 6.4-inch OLED screen that matches the main screen millimetre-for-millimetre. The phone also has an always-on screen mode, handy for checking out the time when the phone is sat next to your laptop (yes, your laptop can tell you the time too)
- 1. ^ LG's G8X Dual Screen Phone Gives You the Most Screen For Your Money. Gizmodo. 30 October 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 2. ^ LG G8X ThinQ review: Dual screens make this phone a multitasker's dream, but there's a pricing caveat. Cnet. 01 December 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 3. ^ LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen review. Digitaltrends. 30 October 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 4. ^ LG G8X ThinQ review: Hands on with LG’s hinged folding phone. Expertreviews. 05 September 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 5. ^ LG G8X ThinQ review: the "foldable" LG smartphone. Nextpit. 08 November 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 6. ^ LG G8X ThinQ Smartphone Review: A convertible among smartphones. Notebookcheck. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 7. ^ LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen Review. Pcmag. 19 November 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 8. ^ LG G8X and Dual Screen Review. Phonearena. 19 November 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 9. ^ LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen review. Techadvisor. 01 November 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 10. ^ LG G8X ThinQ review. Techradar. 30 October 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 11. ^ LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen review. Tomsguide. 10 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 12. ^ LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen Hands-on Review: Two Screens for the Price of One. Tomsguide. 22 October 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 13. ^ LG G8X ThinQ Review. Trustedreviews. 31 October 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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