LG Electronics (LG) unveiled the LG G8X ThinQ , its newest G series smartphone, and a more advanced LG Dual Screen at IFA 2019 in Berlin. Both the LG G8X ThinQ and LG Dual Screen were created to find a new way to multitask, enjoy content, and more. Sounds awfully familiar with the other foldable phone’s philosophies, so I’m going to go ahead and say that I personally count this as a foldable phone. Because technically, it does fold. But keep in mind, that the second screen is actually a case that can be put on, and has another screen on it. Well, actually, 3 screens.
The first LG Dual Screen, introduced at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, established the form factor and a new level of on-the-go multitasking. For the new version, LG sought out consumer feedback and implemented improvements, including an additional 2.1-inch Cover Display. The extra display lets users check the time, date, battery charge, notifications and other useful information without opening the Dual Screen. While the first Dual Screen offered viewing from two different angles, the new Dual Screen adopts a new 360 Freestop Hinge to allow for viewing at any angle, just like a laptop.
LG’s newest G series smartphone has a 6.4-inch display, and in-display fingerprint sensor. The display also has an ambient light sensor that adjusts the contrast to maximise image details, and reduce eye strain. The LG G8X ThinQ comes with a Waterdrop notch, so you’ll be able to make the most of the screens.
The G8X ThinQ comes with a 32MP front camera with a 1.6μm sensor, and has a myriad of different modes as you’d expect with this form factor. There’s a Reflector Mode which lets users take sharper, clearer portrait selfies in dark environments by adjusting the lighting colour. AI Action Shot in the new LG G8X ThinQ recognises and compensates for movement with a shutter speed of 1/480 of a second to keep subjects fully in focus.
There’s also a 4K Time Lapse lets users create time lapse videos in 4K resolution while LG Steady Cam provides enhanced image stability for footage that looks more polished and professional. Available for the first time, you can now switch between front and rear cameras while recording video. Literally, why can no other phone do this right now? Well, not to my knowledge anyway.
In terms of design, the LG G8X ThinQ shares much of the DNA of previous LG phones. Connecting the phone to the Dual Screen is now achieved via USB instead of Pogo Pins for a cleaner looking phone when used without the case.
“LG Dual Screen is now a proven form factor, highly regarded for its practicality and the world of multitasking possibilities it opens up,” said Brian Kwon, president of LG’s Mobile Communications and Home Entertainment companies. “We’ll continue to expand the LG Dual Screen ecosystem through strategic partnerships and upgrade our innovation in meaningful ways to bring consumers a differentiated user experience.”
LG G8X ThinQ and upgraded LG Dual Screen will be available in key markets in the fourth quarter. No word on Malaysian availability for now, but we’ll keep you updated!