7.6/10
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The LG G8X ThinQ currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 38 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

The LG G8X ThinQ doesn’t offer the latest and greatest in terms of its hardware or software. However, it provides a dual-screen experience at an affordable price, making it attractive for people who want to utilize all the benefits of two smartphone screens.

What's good

  • Affordable dual-screen option
  • Decent battery life
  • Excellent audio quality
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

What's bad

  • Limited multi-screen features
  • Not seamless dual screen
  • Mediocre camera performance
  • Cannot use dual-screen when charging phone

The G8X ThinQ marks LG’s entry into the latest mobile market -- dual-screen phones. Unlike other dual-screen phones, the ThinQ provides the second screen as an accessory so you can decide if and when you want a second screen. But dual-screen phones are still having some growing pains, does the G8X ThinQ work well enough to justify its price?

Design

Since the release of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, folding phones have become all the rage. LG has taken a different approach to the dual-screen design, creating a second screen accessory for their flagship phone.

When you look at the actual phone, it looks very similar to the standard LG G8 ThinQ. It’s just slightly larger. Otherwise, it’s almost a replica. But reviewers did not think this was a bad thing. While some consider the design a bit conservative, Android Authority notes, “... The whole of the phone impresses in its fit and finish.”

Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. It’s a bit large, measuring 6.27 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches. While great for people with larger hands, it might be hard to operate single-handedly for people with small hands.

You’ll also want to get a case. The glass front and back means the phone will slip and slide across smooth surfaces, leading to accidental drops.

Display

The phone boasts a 6.4-inch, Full HD+ (2,340 x 1080) OLED display. Reviews note that the screen is sharp, giving crisp whites and pitch dark blacks. Unlike phones of old, you can easily adjust the color and tone of the display to suit your needs between something vibrant or more on the neutral side. While not the brightest phone on the market, reviews indicate that it’s bright enough to read even on bright, sunny days.

The second display is an exact copy of the display you’ll find on the phone. And while LG worked to try and keep the color balance the same on both monitors, some experts noticed a slight difference, most notably when looking at whites.

Performance

The G8X ThinQ comes with 6GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 855 processor. Reviews indicate the combination provides enough juice to easily power two screens without any issues -- even if you want to do something like watch a Twitch stream and a Netflix show at the same time.

Software

Out of the box, the G8X ThinQ runs Android 9 Pie under LG’s user interface skin. Reviewers found navigating around the home screen natural and intuitive.

In terms of future Android updates, LG has not committed to updating the G8X. If you want the latest and greatest, you might want to check out another company.

The real question, of course, is how well do the dual screens work together? On that, the reviews are mixed.

In general, both screens perform very well and critics loved that the second screen made multitasking easier. Engadget notes, “There were times using the G8X where I felt vastly more productive than I could be on almost any other phone.”

However, it’s not without its issues.

Reviewers were frustrated by the fact that there was no shared home screen or app organization ability. More importantly, keyboards didn’t span across both screens and instead appears on one screen. Also, the bezels on the two screens lead to an awkward gap between things like web pages and images, which proved distracting.

Perhaps the biggest drawback is the location of the charging port. Critics found it nearly impossible to charge the phone in dual screen mode. If you’re low on battery, you’ll need to go back to single screen mode.

Storage

You get 128GB of built-in storage, which can be expanded up to 2TB with a microSD slot, making it a fairly average entry.

Cameras

The rear/main camera offers 2 lenses -- a 12MP f/1.8 standard lens and a 13MP super-wide f/2.4 lens. You’re not going to get the amazing picture quality you’ll find on 2020's top-end phones, but reviews indicate the cameras are more than capable if you just want to snap something to share on social media.

While image quality didn’t wow critics, they consider it good enough -- especially in well-lit situations. In poor lighting, their pictures were often soft with lots of noise and grain.

The 32MP front-facing camera might boast big numbers, but experts found the images were just as average. Though, as expected, it performed well in good lighting situations.

While it is possible to take pictures in dual-screen mode, most reviewers didn’t recommend doing so. They found trying to position the phone and take the picture very awkward.

Battery Life

The phone comes packed with a 4,000mAh battery. There’s no additional battery in the second screen. As you would expect, running dual-screen mode drains your battery faster than if you just used a single screen. Still, reviewers were able to get around 8-9 hours of battery life with the second screen attached. Without it, they were able to go a full day.

Audio

Miss being able to use your favorite headphones because it requires a headphone jack? Then you’re in luck as the G8X ThinQ has a 3.5mm jack. Thanks to having a wired connection, the phone provides what LG considers, “...the best smartphone audio quality…” on the market.

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The Takeaway

The LG G8X ThinQ tries to capitalize on the folding phone market but reviews show it falls short on execution.

While reviewers find it to be a passable phone, it doesn’t stand out among the crowd. Without the dual-screen, they have a hard time recommending it against other similarly priced phones. Of course, this isn’t a standalone phone and it comes with a second screen attachment, but it isn’t quite enough for critics to recommend.

Wired states, “If you can, and you desperately want to see the benefits of a foldable phone firsthand, this is your only sensible options. But… a wave of next-gen phones [are coming]...”

TechRadar adds, “The LG G8X plus the dual screen... is a great deal for its price... but... its screen is not seamless... and... it’s a hefty package that takes up a ton of pocket space.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.4"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Hothardware

In light of today's high-end Android phone market, where $1000+ smartphones are rapidly becoming the norm, the LG G8X ThinQ with its Dual Screen accessory is a relative bargain. If you're in the market for a quality, reliable phone, and don't need to be on the absolute bleeding-edge, the LG G8X Thin...

- Marco Chiappetta, Hothardware
Gear Diary

This dual-screen functionality is fun, and there are some neat tricks it can perform, but the design has its limitations. If you think about the dual-screen case as a free add-on, it suddenly makes sense why someone might purchase this phone. It is a solid, large-screen performer that has a microSD...

- Dan Cohen, Gear Diary
Techaeris

After spending the time I did with the LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen, I’m actually kicking myself for not taking it with me to CES 2020. Not only is it small and compact, but it offers up decent productivity functionality and I easily could have done without lugging my laptop around all week for the amou...

- Jason Bouwmeester, Techaeris
NDTV

LG offers a good package for someone wanting to experience a foldable smartphone without breaking the bank. It also packs in very good camera hardware that you can take full advantage of using the Manual mode. However, these are the only things that help this smartphone stand out against its competi...

- Aditya Shenoy, NDTV
IGN

The LG G8X ThinQ is a mix of sizzle and fizzle. It may look a little dated, but it has robust enough hardware and cameras to feel compelling at its price. The Dual Screen is a cool extra as long as it’s free, but the whole phone is somewhat stuck in the mire of software missteps and feature creep.

- Mark Knapp, IGN


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


LG released the G8X ThinQ on November 1, 2019.


The G8X ThinQ price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare LG G8X ThinQ prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG G8X ThinQ user manual here.


LG backs up the G8X ThinQ with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your G8X ThinQ has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.4"

The LG G8X ThinQ's screen size is 6.4 inches with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 32+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 1024 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 1850 minutes, 881 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

G8X ThinQ Specs

Overview
Release date November 1, 2019
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
LTE:
700/800/850/900 /1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2600 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM Unknown
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.49 W/kg
Body: 1.01 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1104 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 881 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1850 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 23 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Glass
Colors Aurora Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.93 x 7.58 x 0.84 cm (6.3 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 192 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel density 403 pixels
Size 6.4 inches
Secondary Display Color OLED, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 6.4 inches, 16.7 million
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass (Front glass (Gorilla Glass 5), back glass (Gorilla Glass 6)), MIL-STD-810G compliant, In-screen fingerprint
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features
Messaging SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs aptX, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 1024 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Unknown
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
No
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, HDR, Dual pixel PDAF, OIS, Second camera (f/2.4, 13MP, ultrawide), Time-lapse video
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
32+ megapixels
Zoom
Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info
F/1.9, Face unlock
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG LMG850U

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Critic Reviews


Hothardware

A well-rounded, affordable, feature-rich Android

from Hothardware

In light of today's high-end Android phone market, where $1000+ smartphones are rapidly becoming the norm, the LG G8X ThinQ with its Dual Screen accessory is a relative bargain. If you're in the market for a quality, reliable phone, and don't need to be on the absolute bleeding-edge, the LG G8X ThinQ is worth checking out.

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In light of today's high-end Android phone market, where $1000+ smartphones are rapidly becoming the norm, the LG G8X ThinQ with its Dual Screen accessory is a relative bargain. If you're in the market for a quality, reliable phone, and don't need to be on the absolute bleeding-edge, the LG G8X ThinQ is worth checking out.

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Gear Diary

Fun, but It still falls short

from Gear Diary

This dual-screen functionality is fun, and there are some neat tricks it can perform, but the design has its limitations. If you think about the dual-screen case as a free add-on, it suddenly makes sense why someone might purchase this phone. It is a solid, large-screen performer that has a micr...More

This dual-screen functionality is fun, and there are some neat tricks it can perform, but the design has its limitations. If you think about the dual-screen case as a free add-on, it suddenly makes sense why someone might purchase this phone. It is a solid, large-screen performer that has a microSD expansion slot, retains the 3.5mm headphone jack, and gets good battery life. $700 for that is completely reasonable in today’s market, and the add-on accessory just makes it even more compelling.

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Techaeris

Dual screens for increased productivity

from Techaeris

After spending the time I did with the LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen, I’m actually kicking myself for not taking it with me to CES 2020. Not only is it small and compact, but it offers up decent productivity functionality and I easily could have done without lugging my laptop around all week for the...More

After spending the time I did with the LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen, I’m actually kicking myself for not taking it with me to CES 2020. Not only is it small and compact, but it offers up decent productivity functionality and I easily could have done without lugging my laptop around all week for the amount I actually used it. Overall, the LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen offers great functionality with its second screen and, while not perfect, it’s an easy choice as one of our first Top Pick of 2020 Awards here at Techaeris.

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NDTV

An alternative approach to foldable smartphones

from NDTV

LG offers a good package for someone wanting to experience a foldable smartphone without breaking the bank. It also packs in very good camera hardware that you can take full advantage of using the Manual mode. However, these are the only things that help this smartphone stand out against its competitors.

Read full review

LG offers a good package for someone wanting to experience a foldable smartphone without breaking the bank. It also packs in very good camera hardware that you can take full advantage of using the Manual mode. However, these are the only things that help this smartphone stand out against its competitors.

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IGN

Almost equal parts cool, good, and confusing

from IGN

The LG G8X ThinQ is a mix of sizzle and fizzle. It may look a little dated, but it has robust enough hardware and cameras to feel compelling at its price. The Dual Screen is a cool extra as long as it’s free, but the whole phone is somewhat stuck in the mire of software missteps and feature creep.

Read full review

The LG G8X ThinQ is a mix of sizzle and fizzle. It may look a little dated, but it has robust enough hardware and cameras to feel compelling at its price. The Dual Screen is a cool extra as long as it’s free, but the whole phone is somewhat stuck in the mire of software missteps and feature creep.

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Fone Arena

Dual screen module need more use cases

from Fone Arena

The dual-screen serves a very limited purpose — multitasking, messaging, and playing pre-installed games. There is an option called ‘Wide View,’ which extends the app on both screens. However, the huge gap between the screens makes it undesirable. 

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The dual-screen serves a very limited purpose — multitasking, messaging, and playing pre-installed games. There is an option called ‘Wide View,’ which extends the app on both screens. However, the huge gap between the screens makes it undesirable. 

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BGR

Two screens replicating a foldable experience

from BGR

The G8X ThinQ by itself is an average device, which I will not recommend anyone over its competitors. But once you snap on the case, it instantly turns into an eye catching device. If you desperately want to experience what a foldable device feels like or you are a hardcore multitasker then G8X ThinQ is made for you.

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The G8X ThinQ by itself is an average device, which I will not recommend anyone over its competitors. But once you snap on the case, it instantly turns into an eye catching device. If you desperately want to experience what a foldable device feels like or you are a hardcore multitasker then G8X ThinQ is made for you.

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TheCanadianTechie

Helpful for multi-tasking

from TheCanadianTechie

The LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen is an interesting take on a foldable-eque phone that works for the most part. I think LG is on the right path and could be improved with better software to take advantage of the second screen.

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The LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen is an interesting take on a foldable-eque phone that works for the most part. I think LG is on the right path and could be improved with better software to take advantage of the second screen.

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PCWorld

Finally, a second screen that’s actually kind of useful

from PCWorld

On its own, the G8X is hard to recommend, even at its perennially discounted $700 price tag. But add in the Dual Screen case, which is bundled with the phone no matter where you buy it, and you've got something far more interesting than similarly priced handsets from Samsung and Google. The LG G...More

On its own, the G8X is hard to recommend, even at its perennially discounted $700 price tag. But add in the Dual Screen case, which is bundled with the phone no matter where you buy it, and you've got something far more interesting than similarly priced handsets from Samsung and Google. The LG G8X is all about its Dual Screen, and it's LG's best gimmick—er effort— in years.

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Digital Camera World

A sensible buy if you want something different

from Digital Camera World

The LG G8X ThinQ is an unusual phone at a mostly sensible price. The interest comes from the parts tacked onto it rather than the core, like the clunky but unusual Dual Screen case, the focus on wired audio and the ASMR mic mode. Those after the best basics for the least money should check out On...More

The LG G8X ThinQ is an unusual phone at a mostly sensible price. The interest comes from the parts tacked onto it rather than the core, like the clunky but unusual Dual Screen case, the focus on wired audio and the ASMR mic mode. Those after the best basics for the least money should check out OnePlus and Xiaomi’s alternatives. But LG at least adds something different, even if the phone itself looks familiar.

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