LG G8X Dual Screen Foldable Phone Impressions!

by birtanpublished on September 19, 2020

LG has never been afraid of being weird the company's back catalogue includes bendable phones modular phones ticker tape displays aerial gesture wizardry and earlier this year it's wacky dual screen add-on for the LG be 50 now LG is

Launching a new model at Aoife 2019 the LG G 8x themed q this is an updated upgraded take on the g8 that we reviewed earlier in the spring and it goes hand in glove with the updated second-generation LG dual screen add-on

So this in a strange roundabout way is LG's answer to the foldable phone and boy is this thing just about as weird as anything else from the company in recent years stick around and subscribe for more from efore 2019 and we'll dive in

first I'll hit you with the basics in a lot of ways the g8x is your typical 2019 Android smartphone 6.4 inch OLED display snapdragon 55 six gigs plus 128 gigs two cameras four thousand milliamp hours

Water assistance wireless charging otherwise not a whole lot to say about hardware of the g8x it looks like a phone it's metal and glass it feels like a phone in the hand it's a phone since the standard g8 air gesture support has

Gone away the g8x manages to trim down the screen not to a smaller dewdrop cutout which is a lot more palatable and the audio has been upgraded – with balanced stereo output there's also an in screen fingerprint scanner which

Worked well in my brief time with the phone but you probably don't really care about that stuff you probably care about how the g8x fits into the wacky new LG dual screen add-on and I say a Dom because LG hasn't decided if it's gonna

Ship this in the box or the g8x it says that'll be up to the carriers anyway like we saw from the v50 a few months back you snap the phone to the dock and it turns into this sort of rudimentary foldable phone this isn't exactly the

Same accessory of the V 50 hat however the hinge has been upgraded it's now smoother to rotate it can be stopped anywhere within the full 360 degrees the second screen is bigger and now fully symmetrical and the front which by the

Way is a total fingerprint magnet also has this small always-on display panel showing you the time and notification icons already a minute or two in so let's get to the first really weird thing about the G 8 X and the dual

Screen you see this notch here in the main phone display it's peer obviously to house the front-facing camera but this not in the second screen well it's just a notch it's there for symmetry I guess no cameras or sensors behind it

It's pretty hilarious to see LG doing this as other companies work tirelessly on ways to remove display cutouts from their phones anyway play of GX – the dual screen turns this otherwise rather dull phone into something pretty unique

The multitasking opportunities for a clamshell device with twice the screen real estate as a regular phone are interesting to say the least and since LG is using androids built-in multi display api's in theory you

Shouldn't run into any major app compatibility problems that said it definitely takes some time to wrap your head around what is effectively using two phones that are joined at the hip a nifty forefinger gesture can nudge

Apps between the two displays LG also has this control panel to let you spread a single app over both screens a little jarring considering the giant hinge in the middle but potentially useful or you can mirror a single app across both

Displays what's more by disabling one of the screens you can essentially turn the dual screen into a glorified kickstand LG also has its own custom browser called whale which can allow you to easily juggle tabs across both displays

While viewing multiple pages side by side LG's keyboard software too can transform the whole package into a comically tiny little laptop or thanks to the LG gamepad feature you can dedicate the

Whole second screen to a game controller with button presses map two taps or swipes for apps that don't support physical controls nice idea but it was a little buggy on the early firmware here these concepts aren't as ridiculous as

They might first seem and there's definitely potential to this thing though obviously the trade-off is a far bulkier device in your pocket compared to a phone with a truly foldable display besides since there's no extra battery

In the dual stream expect a significant battery life hit when it's plugged in since the 4000 million power cell has to power to 6.4 inch panels overall though LG software does a decent job of managing the transition between the

Larger and the smaller form factor the firmware itself is based on Android 9pi still and given LG's dismal record for platform updates don't hold your breath for that Android 10 OTA anytime soon the company has at least given its interface

A facelift with the new LG UX 9.0 which let's be generous here and say it's heavily inspired by Samsung's one UI there are of course more dubious uses of the LG G X and dual screen besides gaming multitasking and productivity the

Dual screens selfie shooting mode lets you hold the dual screen out and see yourself in a frame as someone else takes your photo and that's fine that obviously the trade-off here is quality you need to use the weaker selfie camera

For your photo which kind of defeats the point of involving another human being whether with one screen or two though the LG G X does offer some new photo features though it's definitely behind the curve for a flagship camera with

Only two rear sensors standard and ultra wide the auto eyes can now zoom out even further for an nor fisheye effect that has a little bit more distortion but captures a really unique field of view there's a new

Stabilization mode called Steadicam and a dedicated video mode for taking ASMR videos because of course there is the camera overall seems decent much like the original LT g8 but we'll reserve

Judgment until we get a review device into play with LT is continuing to focus on its strengths with moving pictures however with a new 4k time lapse mode along with other video enhancements so like anything new and unusual the LG G

8x and the dual screen are easy to make fun of whether this phone is a good product or not is gonna have a lot to do with the execution and that's something that's not easy to judge in just half an hour or so with the phone in a briefing

At the very least it's LG back to being wacky and inventive and after a couple of years of pretty boring LG smartphones that's something that I am very much here for that's it for now stay tuned subscribe for more from P for 2019 in

Berlin thanks for watching and I'll see you next time you

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