LG G8X ThinQ DUAL SCREEN Review – Unexpected, unbridled JOY…from a phone?


Hey, I’m Tshaka Armstrong. Thank you for joining me again here on reviews.org. The LG G8 ThinQ. When I first heard about it, I was like, “Yes, I can’t
wait to get my hands on this.” Then I found out about what it really was and I was like, “Not good.” Then I got my hands on it at the Consumer Electronics Show and I was like, “All right,
I’m kind of interested.” And now that I’ve had the chance to live with this phone for a week, I’m in love. So why did I go from nahhh to ahhh. Let’s unfold all this unique
smartphone has to offer. (upbeat music) Hey, if this video helps you, any of our videos for that matter, hit us with that thumbs up, hit that subscribe, and the notification bell, so you’ll be sure to get
all our newest videos when they come out. (upbeat music) Unboxing the LG G8 ThinQ is a little more complicated than your normal smartphone because what this phone isn’t
is a one piece folder. You’re actually getting a phone and technically an accessory in one box. Yes. The dual display portion of the G8x is basically a highly functional case with two built in displays. Matter of fact, I’d go as far as to say, it put the do and dual display. On the outside of the accessory display, you get a small third screen which is actually showing you information like the time, the date notifications, et cetera. Along with the dual display case, you’re gonna get the usual compliment of charging cables, you’re gonna get earbuds
manuals, SIM keys. Add to that a Pogo pin adapter for charging the G8 X when it’s in its dual display case and you have everything you need. Though the case does not cover up the headphone jack, Yay, it still has one. And the other speaker
located on the bottom. It does cover up the USBC charging port, but that isn’t an issue if you have or plan to purchase a
wireless charging dock or pad for this phone. Yes, it supports wireless charging and that’s a good thing because the Pogo pin adapter is a tad flimsy. It’s a magnetic affair with a pinch for falling off, given the right amount of pressure. And by right amount, I
mean not a lot at all. Fortunately that is one
of the few shortcomings of LGs design where
this phone is concerned. The right side of the phone as well you’ll find the power
button and the microphone. The left side, the volume rocker, the Google assistant button, the top of the phone is where
you’ll find the SIM tray. The front of the phone and primary display in the dual display is a 6.4 inch OLED, which is bright and beautiful with a well hidden speaker grill, part of the stereo pair, a notch which has a 32 megapixel front facing camera with
a 78 degree field of view for those group selfies. And below the display you’ll
find a fingerprint sensor. Around back you’ll find
cameras and no bump. These two flush cameras are a standard 12 megapixel
optical image stabilize and 13 megapixel ultra wide shooter with dual led dual tone flash. No 4K video recording on this phone, but you do get 2160P at 30 or 60 frames per second. I took some video for my IG of me failing a 400 pound deadlift and it looked great up until the point where it stopped recording right before my failed attempt. The screen lock timeout
interrupted the video recording. So if you’re going to be recording video, keep that in mind. I’ve gone through the phone’s menus with a fine tooth comb and have yet to find a way or feature which allows you to supersede any screen time out when recording video. If you’re watching and
you found such a thing, let us know in the comments below. Under those cameras, you’ll find a large 4,000 mAh battery that supports CalCom’s
QC 4.0 fast charging or 21 watt fast charging and nine watt wireless charging. What that means in real world terms is that from zero, you should reach a full charge in 90 minutes, which also means that you’re gonna get that battery a third of the way and roughly 30 minutes. As I mentioned, the G8x
supports 21 watt charging, but the charger that is included is rated roughly 16 Watts. So if quick charging is important to you, you’re gonna want to buy an aftermarket 21 watt charger. Back to that battery and the dual screens, LG estimates that you’re gonna see up to a 30% faster drain with the dual screen on all the time, which may make some users
consider shutting it off when not in use, but call me crazy. I don’t wanna have to think about whether I’ve been using
it too much or not. So during my testing, I spent a significant amount of time with it on all day. And it definitely does make a difference. My days are long, so my phone comes off
the charge around 4:00 AM and doesn’t go back on
until around 9:00 PM and at that time I was around 20% left on the phone at night, without placing it on a charger at any point throughout the day with both screens on all day. Now, when I tested the LG G8x, only no dual screen on, I regularly had around 40% battery left at the end of the night. Part of that is because
the battery is so large. The other part is due
to the lower resolution of the screen compared to some other flagship phones. Now you know what doesn’t compare to other flagship phones. My unexpected, unbridled joy, with this phone, I thought it was gonna be a gimmick. I thought it was gonna be
just this real gimmicky thing, but I thoroughly enjoyed
this dual screen setup in a day when we’re seeing folders that open up and are either very expensive or have some quirks, this phone just works. And for hundreds less, and it’s a great time. It’s implemented well and you can even download a utility which allows you to push
content across both screens, will link too that in the comments below. It’s somewhat a novelty though, as you’re gonna have your content stretch across a thick black hinge. What LG gives you natively
is highly functional, and goes far beyond being novel. You have an onscreen utility
to help you with that. Using it, you can activate
and deactivate dual screen as well as change which is the primary, and swap screens. When you turn on screen rotate, you can use the dual
screen keyboard function, which will allow you to have
an app open in one screen, and the keyboard opened
up on the second screen. So far, I’ve found this only works on apps which support landscape orientation, Typing in this mode as fast. The other mode this phone
supports is LG game pad for a more traditional gaming experience. What this does is turn the main screen into a virtual console gaming controller. Complete with a few different
styles of controllers, you get the traditional console style like your PS4 or racing style, and arcade style, joystick, basic and space for a custom setup. (phone sound). I played Asphalt 9 and the graphics without lag were beautiful on that second display. (phone sound) The controller on the second screen was responsive and the overall experience is consistent across the board. Meaning at no time did this ever feel like I was using accessory. It never feels like it’s
underpowered and can’t keep up. or that it was a good idea, but lackluster execution every time in all the use cases I’ve tried so far, this just works. Part of the reason for
this consistent experience is the use of Qualcomm’s
Snapdragon 855 processor, six gigabytes of RAM, and an Adreno 640 graphics processing unit. These are all top shelf components, and made it to a 1080P screen or in this case two of them, at no time does the user (me or you) feel like it needs more power. – [Man in phone] Target eliminated? – Well there is one area
but it has nothing to do with graphics processing. And that is the digital
to analog converter. The G8x still has its audio jack, and like its predecessors, it has a builtin DAC which reproduces a stereo image which leaves
little to be desired. And till we get to loudness
highs, mids and lows were all reproduced from audio tracks with great detail and even in my car, hooked up to the AUX Jack and taking advantage of
the premium speakers, the sound was superb. This was also where I first noticed how low the sound was out of that Jack. Even with the quad deck activated, I had to crank my stereo up to 50 while listening around 30 is average for my commute to and from work. Good thing you won’t be disappointed by the output of the built
of stereo speakers though. The bottom speaker on the G8x outputs mostly base, and mids while the earpiece
is responsible for the highs. (upbeat music) LG UX 9.0 sees major changes from version 8.0 the settings app has been refined and improved over version
8.0 and generally icons and menus are much improved. With the fingerprint
scanner under the display, you’ll get a faster way
to unlock your phone, which does produce some misses from time to time, but
it is reliable overall. You can customize the
icons and add new ones, though the options aren’t many. I counted 11 icon packs to choose from. Fortunately you get many more options for wallpapers for this dual screen device from the LG smart world store. There are some really cool
dual screen wallpapers you can purchase, though I’m a huge geek and having two screens for me means the ability to have two
different superhero anime or fantasy wallpapers at one time. It’s a pretty customizable interface, so you’ll definitely want to take the time to get into it and play around. And I know you wanna
know about these cameras. So let’s take a look, the main camera shoots beautiful pics which produce accurate colors with solid sharpness and contrast. The ultra wide angle lens
does a respectable job when it comes to color accuracy,
contrast and sharpness. The low light photos are impressive. As you can see in these, the contrast is solid and the separation and color between the grass
and sidewalk is sharp, with the color accuracy, very strong. You do get some noise or grain in the sky, but given how balanced the exposure is, and the admirable color reproduction, I’ll give that a pass. One of the things I noticed
when using night view, is that the difference between the photos I took with it on, and with it off were negligible. That says a lot about the stock shooter you’ll probably end up
using most of the time. And one of the things I warn users about, these ultra wide angle lenses, is that they’re gonna get lower quality when it comes to night
and low light photos, but that wasn’t quite
the case with the G8x. It’s ultra wide lens produces photos which are serviceable, and keep the colors accurate with grain that is passable
all things considered. It really is a really
solid low light shooter for a wide angle lens. So let’s wrap things up, the G8x and its dual screen
option are unexpected. This is not a foldable phone, but it is far beyond being a gimmick. If you’re after a foldable phone, this device may scratch that itch while we wait for prices to come down and the tech to improve
on true folding phones. In the meantime, you’ll
have a capable multi-tasker, which is an excellent gamer, and take solid photos at
more than half the cost of a phone like the Galaxy Fold. Buying unlocked direct from LG will cost you $999, but Sprint has it with the dual screen accessory free for a total cost of $749 or $15 a month on their
Sprint flex, 18 month lease. Will this be everyone’s cup of tea? No, but much like matcha, it’s strong, energizing, and those looking for
what it has to offer, won’t be let down by its performance. It’ll definitely keep
you going all day long, just like that cup of matcha. Hey, we don’t take it lightly that you spent your time
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7 thoughts on “LG G8X ThinQ DUAL SCREEN Review – Unexpected, unbridled JOY…from a phone?

  1. This is the 2020 budget king! $300 on ebay right now without the dual screen. For me, because the battery is at 4000mah, the dual screen is a pass until the next version is made with at least a 5000mah battery and I'll buy that shit a year later too when its half price.

  2. your reviews are very much appreciated man. you come across very honest and give a lot of the important information while making it all sound simple and easy to grasp. now I want this phone lol. thank you

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