There seems little doubt that providing a bigger screen is going to be one of the key objectives for smartphone manufacturers in 2020. We’ve already seen the Samsung Galaxy Fold and it will only be a matter of time before Apple and Huawei follow suit with their similar offerings.
The main problem with these is the cost, the Samsung costing nearly £2,000. There are also questions about the robustness of the fold in the screen. That, no doubt, will be fixed in time, but for the time being would you want to spend so much money on something that might break within a few months?
A Different Way Of Thinking
LG have looked at this and come up with a different solution. Not being in the top tier of smartphone manufacturers, LG are always looking at different ways of doing things. Do you remember the modular LG G5? This allowed you to clip out the bottom of the phone (below the screen) and replace it with a number of modules like replacement battery, extra camera or a B&O speaker. Sadly, it never took off.
I must admit at this point I have got a soft spot for LG. My last 3 phones, before my current S9+ were all LG. So, I am always keen to see what they are doing new, and the LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen does not disappoint.
Two Displays In One Case
This effectively gives you two 6.4” OLED displays in one case, with the second being powered by the main phone unit. You can remove this main phone when you don’t want two screens and you have a very good flagship with all the latest specs and cameras – giving you the best of both worlds.
You can run a different app on both screens, so you could be browsing the internet on one, whilst simultaneously checking your email on the other, allowing you to work, play and multi-task like never before.
What’s more, when it is released later this year, it is likely to cost less than half of what the Galaxy Fold is currently retailing for. So, definitely one worth considering if more screen is for you, but you don’t want to pay the corresponding big price for it.