LG G8X is a $700 dual-screen phone that takes aim at foldable phones
If you're curious about the latest foldable phone trend, but you're not ready to commit, LG has a new phone that might pique your interest.
It's called the G8X thin Q and like the Galaxy Fold and Huawei made X, it can double it's screen size and open up like a book.
But instead of having a flexible screen the G8X is a regular 6.4 inch phone that attaches to a second screen.
Using a special case, the screen freely rotates so you can bend it at whatever angle you like.
With the second screen, there's more real estate to multitask between apps, which you found especially useful when say I was looking up where to eat in Yelp And also finding my way to a specific restaurant in Google maps.
The screen also comes in handy when I want to prop up the phone in different ways so I can watch movies or us it as a tripod to take photos When closed, I can also still view the time and notifications on the cover.
Keep in mind though that when the GX is in its case, it's really thick.
It kinda reminds me of putting on a super rugged OtterBox phone case on it.
And fitting it comfortably in my jean pocket was out of the question.
The front cover also collects a lot of fingerprints, and I found myself cleaning it often.
I also think it's an oversight that I can't charge the phone when it's inside this case.
Other than the dual screen, thought, the G8X is just like any other premium phone.
The handset features tour cameras that take clear and vibrant photos with good contrast and it has its own low light mode.
On the front is a 32 megapixel camera for ultra clear selfies.
The GX has an in screen fingerprint reader, expandable memory, wireless charging and a headphone jack.
Which is rare among top tier phones.
The phone also has a four hour battery.
When I played a video continuously on airplane mode, the battery only drain to 30% after more than 12 hours.
I haven't begun battery testing with both displays activated though and I imagined battery life to be much shorter.
So stay tuned for more info.
All in all, I ended up liking the G8 X a lot more than I thought I would.
At first I thought the dual screen would be gimmicky, but it's surprisingly useful.
The best part about this fun though is its price at 700 to $780.
That cost alone is pretty much on par If not a tad cheaper than most high end phones these days.
But LG, and carriers like AT&T, intend to sell the whole thing, second screen and all, at that price range.
That's a lot cheaper than the $1,000 you're gonna have to pay for the Galaxy Fold and others like it.
It's true that the G8 S doesn't have that super elegant and novel design like the Galaxy Se fold.
You also won't be able to watch videos on that seamless single tablet screen.
But the G8X is a durable middle man solution if you're unsure about the whole foldable screen form factor and you don't want to hand over a ton of cash for it.
Even on its own, $700 is a good price to pay for the G8X.
But throw in a second screen and the same price, and you've got a pretty compelling reason to check it out.