Dual screens make this phone a multitasker, the dream, but there is a price-caveat – CNET

Dual screens make this phone a multitasker, the dream, but there is a price-caveat – CNET

When it launched on Oct. 30, you would have caught, both LG G8X ThinQ and its second-screen accessory for $700, $750 and $780 on LG, Sprint and AT&T, respectively. It was at this price, I tested and recommended, the phone is for the people interested in the G8X and its new dual-screen design. I thought that was a great deal for the price, and I was thrilled to recommend this best-of-both-worlds phone and case.

It has come to my attention, however, is that these deals are offered only for a limited period of time, which throws a wrinkle in my first confirmation. According To The Dec. 5, for example, AT&T sold the G8X in the framework of its “AT&T-Plan” for $780, and the dual-screen costs an additional $199 — in the amount of $979. Sprint also confirmed that the offer of the G8X-dual-screen-system as a free gift (with purchase of the phone), will be limited, if it does not confirm an end date for the sale.

That said, some dealers are still selling both of these for under $700, such as B&H and Best Buy, but these offers may not last forever, and you will still have to work sign on a carrier separately for the phone. My opinion of the phone is still the same: The G8X is great, and if you fold both the LG G8X and the second screen for $780 or under, it is a cost-effective alternative to the fully foldable Galaxy. Outside of this price class, however, and I would hesitate to recommend this phone.

editor’s note, Nov. 27: Updated with pricing information from the carrier. The original review, published on Oct. 30, follows below. 


If you are curious about the latest trend of the folding phones such as the Samsung Galaxy folds or Huawei Mate X, but they are not ready to commit to either the new design or the high price-tags (both of which cost more than $1,000), LG G8X ThinQ is a worthy alternative. Like the other foldable mobile phones, the G8X doubled the size of the screen through the opening like a book. But instead of a flexible screen, the G8X, regular 6.4-inch phone, you to others, the 6.4-inch screen with a special case.&is nbsp;

It is a similar arrangement to 2017 ZTE Axon M (if anyone actually remembered, phone) and the upcoming Microsoft Surface Duo that you linked really only two phones or screens with each other. But the G8X gives you the freedom to disconnect the phone from the case so that you can with a regular premium phone, if you want to. 

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The G8X without its case.


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LG created similar accessories for V50 ThinQ started in February. In contrast to this Version, though, the G8X and screen system are available in the US. The phone is available unlocked or through AT&T and Sprint. 

It is not true that the G8X fold the Galaxy or Mate, X-s super elegant and novel design. It is quito carry te cumbersome to around, and you will not be able to post videos seamless on a single tablet-like screen. 

But the G8X is a permanent, intermediary solution. And the best part is the price is of the phone. For a limited time, LG, Sprint and AT&T will be sold, the G8X for $700, $750 and $780, respectively. The carriers also offer deals that reduce the cost even more (for example, Sprint has a plan that totals $270). This price brings it pretty much on par, if not a bit cheaper than most high-end phones these days. But LG and these carriers want to sell the whole thing, second screen and all, at these prices, at the Start. International pricing is not yet available, but the $700 price tag converts to about £545 or AU$1,020.

without the second screen, $700 is a good price for the G8X, which is fast, reliable and takes good photos. But throw in two screens for the same price, and LG has to offer a compelling phone.

LG G8X-design: double-screen, double the size

I pulled a couple of looks while using the LG G8X at a farmer’s market. I mainly chalked it up to people who are wondering why I have photos of the produce with a large, silver Nintendo DS, but after a while I got used to the handling of the G8X brave in public. After all, people buy bulky portfolio cases for their iPhones all the time. So at some point I misplaced stopped.

Speaking of clunky, the G8X is so thick that it reminds me of how it is, use an ultra-rugged, Otterbox cell phone case. You put the phone in my pants pocket or a small clutch was out of the question, unless I just wanted to even the use of the G8X. Press the volume buttons or the Google wizard button on the left side of the phone, when the second screen is opened, it is also difficult because the hinge gets in the way of my fingers. 

The front cover, while useful for displaying the time and notifications, traps fingerprints like crazy-often I found myself wiping them clean. Also, I thought at first that I could not charge the phone inside the case, but LG included a magnetic USB C accessory for the outside of the housing and plug in a charging cable.

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The G8X thick, when it is in its dual-screen-case.


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Other design-takeaways

  • has to charge The G8X wireless, and you can use it to charge wirelessly in the interior of the housing. (For some reason, my personal Qi charging pad did not work, if I have to pay the G8X with his case, but I have to load two other colleagues-pads, and it worked just fine.)
  • Like other LG phones, the G8X has a headphone Jack — a rarity among the premium phones these days.
  • The phone has a screen, a fingerprint reader, so you can use it by scanning your finger directly on the display. It works quickly enough, but it doesn’t feel as immediate as the OnePlus 7T.
  • The phone is rated IP68 for water-resistance, but the second screen has no such protection.
  • in Spite of the tear-notch on the second screen, it’s not a front-facing camera. (LG uses the same G8X-display as a second screen, in order to save money.) You can hide these tear-notch, with a black band in the settings./li>

life with the LG G8X-dual-screen

Despite my initial reservations, that the dual was screen fake, the accessories at the end is actually more useful than I thought. Since the second screen back curves all the way, I was able to configure it in any angle as a stand. I propped the phone sideways to watch videos and I found you standing, like a book, so I can take photos at a distance. The second image was also handy for multitasking. I can use it for Navigation to a restaurant on Google Maps, while other options on Yelp with the other screen. 

games such as Call of Duty was even more comfortable thanks to the “LG Game Pad”, a mode that the main screen in a separate game controller. There are a number of different preset-controls to select, as a, the, a steering wheel for racing games has. Not every game in the app store will automatically expect with this preset in the Controller and customize your own controller for some games (I had this with Call of Duty to get it to work with the gamepad).

Released on Wed, 27 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000

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