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Published in Financial Mail. Tech review: Fresh, niche LG G8X ThinQ. The G8X ThinQ from LG is an unusual phone thanks to a second screen that comes bundled with the handset. By Nafisa Akabor

There is nothing like having a shiny new gadget to start the year with. The G8X ThinQ from LG is an unusual phone thanks to a second screen that comes bundled with the handset.

It offers a new way to interact with the device, sort of like an inexpensive version of a folding screen, though not quite as elegant, but perhaps more practical — and a lot more durable.

The second screen comes built into a cover. When you choose to use it, you will fit the handset into the cover, which places the two screens side-by-side. The cover has a hinge that lets you view the screens at any angle, like certain laptops.

The user can toggle between both screens at the same time; move what’s showing on one screen to the other; or launch an app when the dual screen is turned on.

The G8X is a niche device, aimed at multitasking through social content consumption, gaming by using one screen as a controller, or being productive. It’s not exactly the folding screen technology that everyone is waiting for, but it is close enough to offer more than a regular smartphone.

The phone has a bigger display than previous versions, a larger battery and an in-screen fingerprint reader.

The rear camera, which has three lenses, cannot compare to rival flagships, though its 32MP selfie-cam is a step up from other versions. That said, close-up pictures are slightly blurry because of its fixed focus.

The second screen accessory comes with a connector to charge the phone while plugged in, however, it’s flimsy and needs to be placed flat on a surface to charge. If you pick it up to check notifications, it disconnects instantly. It is also bulky; at times I found it too heavy to pop into my handbag and head out.

The handset has a 4,000mAh battery capacity but the second screen does not offer any additional battery capacity. The battery will last over a day.

The G8X, which costs R16,000, is a niche handset aimed primarily at multitaskers or gamers. But remember, you’re not buying it for the camera.

Cool factor 4/5
Usability 3/5
Value for money 4/5

Originally published here: https://www.businesslive.co.za/fm/fm-fox/gimme/2020-01-09-tech-review-fresh-niche-lg-g8x-thinq/

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Nafisa Akabor has been connected to the internet since the mid 90s and has been blogging for more than 15 years. She made this very portal her home in 2008 so please click on all the things.

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