It's fair to say that LG doesn't really handle new phone launches like its primary competitors out there. Apple, Samsung, Google, and others host big deal events while LG typically just announces a phone, launches it, and then trucks along to the next thing. That's probably worth discussing by itself, but it doesn't look like LG plans on changing things up anytime soon.
For example, back in September of this year LG announced the G8X ThinQ that is, for all intents and purposes, a high-end flagship smartphone. It boasts a huge OLED display, features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, plenty of RAM and built-in storage, and a lot of cameras. It even has an in-display fingerprint sensor, a 4000mAh battery, and more.
There's a lot to like (on paper) about LG's newest flagship, and yet if you already forgot about it's existence I wouldn't be too surprised. And now the handset is heading to the United States with a potentially exciting accessory tagging along in the box.
And to be fair I'm not here to really talk about the phone itself. Because while the G8X ThinQ from the Life's Good crew certainly looks good, I don't really expect it to keep up in the camera department with the likes of the Pixel 4, the Galaxy Note 10, or the iPhone 11 Pro, which means it's not really an option to be my daily driver.
All that being said, there is something about the phone that I can't help but be intrigued by: the Dual Screen accessory. This is not the first time that LG has tried something like this, but this new option connects directly to the phone via USB-C rather than Pogo Pins, making it all a bit cleaner in the design department.
And the Dual Screen accessory does offer a giant 6.4-inch OLED panel to enjoy content on, along with a 2.1-inch mono screen on the front of the case to check the time, date, notifications, and battery charge without opening the case. It looks pretty cool, offering up a foldable-like design without actually making any sacrifices in that department (like the plastic panels being used now).
I think there is a real possibility that foldable phones do become the "next big thing," and if that is indeed the case I can't help but wonder if something like this Dual Screen accessory could help someone carry a phone like that without having to fork over the money required to do it. The Galaxy Fold is almost $2,000, for example, but LG is bundling the G8X ThinQ with the Dual Screen accessory case for just $700. That's quite the difference! But if the apps running on the G8X ThinQ work in a similar way to the Galaxy Fold, it might be a worthwhile compromise.
Especially since you get the added protection of a case, too.
But, I'm curious if this type of accessory is interesting to you. Would you consider this for your Pixel 4, or Galaxy Note 10? Or would you prefer to just go all-in with a foldable phone at some point in the future? Are you planning on picking up the G8X ThinQ when it arrives in the U.S.? Let me know!