LG G8X ThinQ: A Well-Rounded, Affordable, Feature-Rich Android
Rather than using a single, large folding screen like the Samsung Galaxy Fold, LG took a more practical approach with the LG G8X ThinQ by pairing it with what the company calls a Dual Screen accessory. The Dual Screen essentially functions like a folio-type case, but instead of merely providing additional protection for the phone’s main display, it more than doubles the screen real estate.
The G8X ThinQ itself has a relatively large 6.4-inch FHD+ OLED panel with a resolution of 2340x1080. The Dual Screen mirrors those specifications, and even includes an additional 2.1-inch monochrome Cover Display on the outside, that’s viewable when the device is folded closed. The case connects to the G8X ThinQ via its USB-C charge and sync port, and features a 360-degree "Freestop Hinge". But before we give away the goose in the intro, we have some hands-on video to show you the device in action and we should probably get some technical specifications out of the way too...
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Display||6.4-inch OLED, 2340x1080 (403PPI), 19.5:9 aspect|
|OS||Android 9.0 Pie with LG UX 9.0 UI|
|Storage||128GB (internal), Expandable via microSD card|
|Cameras||Rear: 13MP super-wide (136 degrees) f/2.4 and 12MP f/1.8, Front: 32MP f/1.9|
|Ingress Protection||IP68 water and dust rating|
|Shock Resistance||MIL-STD 810G|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, FM radio|
|Battery||4,000mAh non-removable with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0|
|Dimensions||159.3 x 75.8 x 8.4mm and 192g|
|Price||~$709 Unlocked - Find Them At Amazon|
Beyond the trick Dual Screen option, the G8X ThinQ has all the features that you would expect from a high-end Android smartphone, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
On the front of the phone you'll find a single 32MP selfie camera, while the back features a primary 12MP standard shooter and a 13MP wide-angle shooter. And Powering the smartphone is a 4,000 mAh battery, but we’ll dig into more of the particulars a little later.
LG includes in the box. Along with the phone itself, there’s a basic lit-pack, a charger, USB-C cable, and a sim tray tool. The Dual Screen accessory comes it’s in own separate box.
Google Assistant button, and the right side of the phone has a microphone port and the power / lock button. The combo Sim / microSD tray is along the top edge, and the bottom houses another microphone port, a speaker grille, a standard 3.5mm audio jack, and the USB-C charge and sync port.
We should also mention that the audio output on the G8X ThinQ is surprisingly good. Its 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC technology makes audio coming through headphones sounds fantastic, the phone supports DTS:X 3D surround, and the stereo speakers – which uses both the top and bottom firing speaker and a chamber inside the phone to optimize audio quality – results in some surprisingly high volumes that can easily fill a room. Of course, the bass response isn’t strong with such small drivers, which is par for the course with all smartphones, but the audio output from the LG G8X ThinQ will surprise most users that have been stuck with older phones that don’t pay much attention to audio quality.
LG G8X ThinQ Software SetupGoogle has done an admirable job refining Android over to the years, to the point where clean, unmodified versions of the OS have become preferred by savvy smartphone users. As such, many manufacturers have become less aggressive about modifying and skinning the OS to accommodate unique features or to differentiate their devices. LG seems to have made only minimal tweaks to the stock Android UX on the G8X ThinQ. The things LG have done with its UX 9.0 UI don’t get in the way of navigating or configuring the device much at all.
The default home screens and menus on the LG G8X ThinQ are very straightforward. The main screen has but a handful of icons, a time and weather widget, and the Google search toolbar. Swipe right and a Google news feed slides into view. Swipe left and it’ll bring you to your apps. There’s no traditional app tray on the LG G8X ThinQ; as you install apps, the right home screen starts to fill up and more screens get added as necessary. You do, of course, have the ability to group and arrange apps into folders, however, which behaves just like the app tray on other devices.
LG’s UX on the G8X ThinQ features a flat, unobtrusive color scheme and adds only specific controls for major call-out features like the dual-camera setup, LG's HiFi Quad DAC, and Dual Screen controls, but other than that, its fairly clean and over the last few weeks of use, that phone has been rock-solid stable and a reliable workhorse.