LG G8X ThinQ first look

IFA 2019

GSMArena team, 06 Sep 2019.

Introduction

IFA kicks off to the public in a few hours, but announcements have been flying in from left and right for the past few days. LG wouldn't be one to miss the opportunity to announce a new phone, and we now have the G8X ThinQ for a quick first look.

The G8X (one ThinQ per article is enough) is sort of a follow-up to the G8, announced at MWC in the spring, with some spec changes. Plus, it has a secondary display accessory - a concept borrowed from the V50 ThinQ.

For starters, the G8X has a larger display than the G8, but this one is lower-res - 6.4" FullHD+ here vs. the G8's 6.1" QHD+. This new display comes with a fingerprint reader embedded, a first on an LG high-end phone.

LG G8X ThinQ early look at IFA 2019

The main cam is the usual 12MP unit and is joined by a 13MP ultra wide angle shooter (the G8 and V50 have a 16MP ultra wide, so this is a different one). Over on the front a 32MP Quad Bayer cam replaces the unremarkable 8MP snappers of the Spring-time models.

LG G8X ThinQ specs

  • Body: Aluminum frame with Gorilla Glass 6 on front and rear. 159.2x75.8x8.4mm, 192g. MIL-STD-810G compliant (14 categories of tests); IP68 rated for dust and water resistance.
  • Screen: 6.4" FullHD+ OLED; 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a waterdrop notch, 403ppi; HDR 10 support.
  • Camera: Primary: 12MP, 1/2.55" sensor, 1.4Ám pixel size; f/1.8 aperture, 78-degree FOV lens, 25mm equiv. focal length, OIS, dual pixel PDAF. Ultra wide-angle: 13MP, 1/2.8" sensor, 1.0Ám pixel size; f/2.4 aperture, 136-degree FOV lens, 16mm equiv. focal length, fixed focus.
  • Selfie cam: 32MP, 1/2.8"sensor, 0.8Ám pixel size, f/1.9 aperture, 79-degree FOV lens, fixed focus.
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855 chipset, octa-core processor (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 485), Adreno 640 GPU.
  • Memory: 6GB of RAM; 128GB storage; microSD slot.
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie with LG UX.
  • Battery: 4,000mAh Lithium Polymer (sealed); Quick Charge 3.0/Power Delivery fast charging; Qi fast wireless charging.
  • Connectivity: LTE-A, USB Type-C; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; GPS; Bluetooth 5.0; FM radio.
  • Misc: Under-display fingerprint reader; Hi-Fi Quad DAC; 3.5mm headphone jack; stereo speakers.
  • DualScreen: Optional snap on secondary display: 6.4" FullHD+ OLED (same as main one), 165.9x84.6x15.0mm, 134g, no battery.

The G8X keeps the Snapdragon 855 chipset (so no 855+), and will be available in a single 6GB/128GB configuration, at least at launch. One notable upgrade over the G8 is the G8X's battery capacity - the 4,000mAh capacity looks promising.

Well, not if you intend to use the optional DualScreen - it lacks its own battery and feeds off the main phone's power pack. LG does say it'll only contribute an extra 20-30% additional battery draw, so things shouldn't be that bad, maybe.

LG G8X ThinQ early look at IFA 2019

But we're getting way ahead of ourselves - there'll be no battery testing anytime soon. What there will be is an early look at the LG G8X on the next page.

Reader comments

I'm very suspicious about LG's claim that the 2nd screen only sucks down 20% more juice. The screen is the single largest power draw on every phone I've ever used, which makes sense. How did LG get this 20% number? I'm guessing they turned the lighti...

  • A70user

I want it without the dual screen

I have several LG phones. Even though the battery seems too small on paper, the phones actually have good battery life. And are quick to charge as well.