LG announced the G8x ThinQ with a detachable secondary display at IFA Berlin 2019. Later, the phone was made available in various markets like the USA for only $699, making it the cheapest option to experience dual screen on a smartphone. Now, after three months after its initial launch, LG finally brings it to India for a competitive price of ₹49,999 ($700 Aprrox.) but will be only available in a single storage and colour variant like everywhere else.
While Samsung and Motorola are busy making foldable smartphones, LG took a different route and made a dual-screen smartphone with a detachable secondary screen dubbed as G8x ThinQ. The secondary display is merely an accessory case which comes bundled with a phone and hence the phone itself can be used separately. But why would anyone since having two displays have a number of use cases? Above all, LG has priced it aggressively to let a maximum number of people experience this tech.
Under the hood, the G8x ThinQ is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM with support for microSD to further expand the storage up to 2TB. On the front, the phone comes fitted with a 6.4-inches FHD+ OLED display with 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution and 403 ppi. The panel has a fingerprint sensor underneath it and a small dew-drop notch at the top which nests a 32MP selfie camera.
The secondary display accessory, on the other hand, comes equipped with the same sized display like the one on the phone with similar resolution including a notch for symmetry. This accessory also has another 2.1-inch monochrome cover display on the outside to display basic things. The secondary display connects to the phone via USB type-C and can be rotated up to 360-degrees depending on usage.
At the back, the phone only comes with a dual-camera setup which includes a 12MP primary sensor and a 13MP secondary sensor with an ultra-wide lens. The device features a glass sandwich design along with IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. But only comes with a 4,000mAh battery which may drain out sooner while using two displays. It does have support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 which however is not fast enough when compared to other phones at this price or even lower. Last but not least, it runs Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.
The LG G8x ThinQ is already on sale across different outlets in India starting December 21 and comes only in Aurora Black colour.