LG's new dual-screen phone has a design decision that …
Although we are aware that LG is developing some interesting concepts for folding phones, the company has not yet adopted a folding movement. And who can blame them because folding phones are not easy to make or sell. By contrast, unlike other smartphone manufacturers that make slimmer and better flagships, LG will be looking for the type of device that shouldn’t be on the market today: dual-screen phones that look uglier and are still more complicated to use than folding device And somehow, the second screen of the LG G8X Thin Q shows a secondary curve that has no purpose.
I’m not impressed with the LG Dual Screen accessory the company made for VQ ThinQ earlier this year, and my opinion hasn’t changed since then, despite the various improvements LG made to the Dual Screen case to make it more attractive to the buyers.
For starters, the case is connected to the phone via USB-C, which is a major upgrade from its predecessor Pogo Pins. The dual-screen case also brings symmetry to the entire device; therefore, unnecessary notches are found on the case. So at least the resulting device looks better than the V50, shown below.
Image source: Chris Smith, BGR
But the existence of the second position screamed commitment. The position itself is a compromise of smartphone design – we want a bigger look and a selfie camera in a decent-sized cell phone. But you don’t need to replicate the notch on the secondary display unless you’re trying to save money by reusing the exact same display found on the G8X.
Continuously moving, the hinge has also been updated, and you can now adjust the angle to 360 degrees. You know, if there ever was a use case scenario where you need to do it.
Finally, the Dual Screen case adds a 2.1-inch screen on the outside, so you can check the time, battery life, and notifications without having to open everything.
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But still, I can hardly think of a smartphone experience that warrants the use of such a case. The G8X ThinQ is not a foldable device, and most apps or Android are not optimized to use a larger screen. Plus, it’s all pretty thick, with a dual 14-size screen, 99mm thick, and it weighs 134g. Add to the 192g weight of a real cell phone, and you’re done with something you must somehow put in your pocket or purse.
Another reason that should make you stop is power consumption. The second screen requires power, but it’s not clear how it affects the overall battery life of the phone.
The G8X ThinQ may be an outstanding flagship phone due to the same high-end component features you’d expect from 2019 flagships. There’s a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6.4-inch Full HD OLED FullVision display, 6GB of RAM, 128GB storage, microSD support, 12-megapixel main rear camera, 13-megapixel super-wide rear camera, 32-megapixel selfie camera, with fingerprint sensor, Hi-Fi Quad DAC 32-bit, DTS: X 3D Surround Sound , 4,000 mAh battery with Qualcomm 3.0 fast charge and IP68 certification Finally, the phone runs Android 9 out of the box
Unlike the normal G8 that LG released in early 2019, this one doesn’t come with gesture-based features or 3D facial recognition, which may be more useful than the attention-grabbing second screen.
But the LG phone doesn’t appear to have a significant signature feature to help it fight off its Android rivals. That explains why LG’s announcement focused as much on the entire dual-screen accessory as it was the next big thing on mobile. I will not do it
One thing that could make the entire G8X + dual display that much more interesting is the price. If LG and the operator combine the two, instead of charging additional fees for the dual display, then some buyers might consider getting a device that offers two displays. 6.4 inches, instead of paying more than $ 2,000 for folding headphones.
LG hasn’t specified release details for new phones, including pricing, but don’t expect too much Dual Screen to be available for free. The V50 dual display costs around $ 180 in Korea, which should give you an idea of how much these accessories cost. Better bring a cheap Android tablet with a regular cell phone if you want more screen space for entertainment or productivity.