Our Opinion

The LG Velvet is a significantly better phone, but the LG G8X ThinQ (Dual Screen) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint, we recommend the LG Velvet.

LG G8X ThinQ (Dual Screen)  LG Velvet 
LG G8X ThinQ LG Velvet
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Excellence Score
65.0
79.4
Value for Money Score
69.8
65.8
Price ₹ 27,990 onwards ₹ 44,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2019 Oct, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.8 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2460 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes
Display Type OLED OLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features DCI-P3 100%, HDR10, Always-on display; Detachable Secondary Screen (In box) N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.84 GHz 2.4 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #9 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 765GRanked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 640 Adreno 620
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 12MP 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 27mm Focal Length; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 13MP: f/2.4 Aperture; 9mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide); 1.0um Pixel Size, Portrait Mode, EIS, Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]/60/240fps, 24-bit/192kHz Stereo sound rec. 48MP: f/1.8 aperture; 26mm focal length; 1/2.0" sensor size; 0.8um pixel size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 120-degree Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" sensor size; 1.12um pixel size, 5MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps, EIS
Secondary Camera 32MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR, 4K Video Recording, EIS f/1.9 aperture, 1/3.06 sensor size, 1.0um pixel size
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 2 TB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.4 mmMedium 7.9 mmMedium
Weight 192 gmHeavy 180 gmMedium
Width 75.8 mmOk for one-handed use 74.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4300 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 21W Fast Charging (Quick Charge 4.0) Yes, 25W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Military Grade Compliant (MIL-STD-810G); UFS 2.1 Storage; Wireless charging; NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; DTS: X Surround Sound MIL-STD-810G Compliant; UFS 2.1 Storage; 9W Fast wireless charging; Quick Charge 4.0+; USB Power Delivery 3.0; In-display fingerprint sensor; DLNA; NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • The main phone has a solid, conservative (un-flashy) glass sandwich design - the aluminium frame is sandwiched by two panes of Gorilla Glass
  • Impressive, high-quality fit and finish
  • The LG G8X’s camera module is completely flush with the rear surface - which creates an entirely smooth back
  • There's a handy Google Assistant button on the left - a single press launches Assistant, and a double press shows your info feed
  • IP68 protection from dust and water
  • The key USP about this phone is of course the 'second screen' case accessory (included) that adds an additional identical screen to the side of the main display, to produce an alternative take on a true 'folding' phone
  • Both the main phone display and the second screen are identical and are very good, vibrant 6.4 inch OLED displays with HDR 10 support - they produces pitch blacks and brilliant whites
  • The sunlight legibility is also good
  • The phone has no less than seven colour modes: auto, cinema, sports, game, photos, web, and expert - allowing for a lot of customisation, according to your taste
  • There's also a narrow monochrome window on the outside of the case that lets you see the time, weather, and notifications
  • The G8X dual screen experience is quite smart in that it delivers much of the folding phone experience without the insane cost - rather than sink lots of cash into developing pricey 'true' folding screen technology, LG instead took the relatively easy way out: it created a second-screen accessory for one of its flagship phones - the LG G8X ThinQ is thus a standard phone with a nice big screen that fits into a screen-toting case - when in the case, people can take advantage of the extra screen to run separate apps - the effect provides much of the utility you see in the Galaxy Fold for a fraction of the price
  • If you have the Dual Screen set to on, it will light up every time you unlock your phone - by default, it acts as a separate home screen panel with its own app dock at the bottom and space for widgets and shortcuts - in this state, you can open any app on the second screen no matter what you’re doing with the main screen
  • In practical experience, 2 major use cases emerge for the dual screen experience - one is multi-tasking (i.e. simply running 2 separate apps on the 2 screens), and the second is using the 'LG Game Pad' (the main screen turns into a customisable game pad for controlling the action on the second screen - making this quite a great phone for heavy gamers)
  • You will like watching media on your phone - even if you never end up using the LG Dual Screen much, it’s an effective kickstand and protective case all in one that props up one (or both) displays to watch at ideal angles
  • Overall, the possibilities of having a second display are endless - it's great for productivity, gaming, entertainment, mindlessly scrolling through social networks, and more
  • Of course the case with the second screen is easily removable, so when you don't want to carry a bulky phone, you don't have to lug it around
  • The G8X runs Android 9 Pie, along with LG’s latest user interface skin - the UX from LG mostly feels natural & intuitive
  • Some of the add-on features include a night mode, dark theme, blue light filter - there’s also a separate video enhancement option, which will automatically boost brightness and saturation when watching movies
  • 2019 flagship grade performance with the speed beast Snapdragon 855 at the core - everything from daily use to complex games is a breeze - in fact, heavy games don't task the phone at all, even when using the Dual Screen for gameplay
  • Good set of primary cameras - 12MP standard + 13MP super-wide - they offer mostly-accurate exposure, have sharp focus, and manage to get accurate white balance
  • Good software-based portrait mode (you can manage the amount of blur)
  • The 13MP ultra-wide lens is among the better ones amongst the current crop of smartphones, managing pretty decent quality, that's not too far behind the primary camera
  • Good low-light images from the standard lens, with good detail, very balanced exposure, low noise, and accurate colours - there’s also a Night View mode that slightly reduces the noise further
  • Decent 32MP front-facing camera - it does fairly well in daylight - there's also software-simulated portrait mode which works well
  • Good video recording quality at 1080p - detail, sharpness, colors, contrast, and dynamic range are all good - recording at 4K is average though
  • Good, loud stereo speakers
  • Excellent audio quality via headphones too - LG continues to be an audiophile's brand, producing some of the best sounding phones on the planet (it’s a shame LG is the only company interested in high-end audio these days)
  • There's also a good old 3.5mm jack at the bottom, which is a rare find in flagships these days
  • Good battery life as a 'single' phone - with a 4000mAh battery, it pushes from breakfast to bedtime consistently without sweat
  • Supports wireless charging & 21W fast charging
  • When compared to standard flagships, the LG G8X ThinQ stands it's own ground, checking most boxes, though not particularly standing out in any (except the amazing sound quality) - but include the 'second screen' flexibility, and you have a very interesting & powerful multi-tasking tool on your hand, especially for the right kind of person - it's a unique, 'nothing like anything' experience, that brings the major draw of foldable phones down to a very digestible price point - effectively the LG G8X ThinQ offers about three-quarters of the experience of the Samsung Galaxy Fold for a fraction of the cost
  • Looks dazzling with its shiny, reflective back - from the shape of the body to the camera array to the colours, the Velvet signals something new
  • The front looks sharp and gorgeous, the glass curves at the sides, giving it some character - you can easily mistake it for a flagship
  • The LG Velvet feels thin, light, and balanced - it is a treat to hold in the hand
  • There’s also a dedicated Google Assistant button
  • IP68 water and dust resistance, a rarity to find in this price range
  • Large, vivid and bright 6.8-in P-OLED display - it’s immersive and a pleasure to behold, the colours are close to natural and it’s plenty sharp
  • It supports HDR and Full HD Netflix at launch, watching content on the screen a great experience
  • Good performance from the Snapdragon 765G - day-to-day usage is decent, app loads are near-instant and heavy games like Call of Duty: Mobile run extremely well at ‘high’ graphics
  • Decent set of triple cameras at the back - a 48MP primary module, an 8MP ultra-wide, and a 5MP auxiliary cam for depth
  • The Velvet takes overall pleasing photos with its main cam, colours are nice and punchy, the images have a distinctly contrasty look and phone resolves good detail
  • Portrait mode on the Velvet works decently, it isn't the most accurate performer, but it gets the job done
  • In low light the LG Velvet is a fair performer - there’s a dedicated Night View mode that takes slightly longer to capture an image, but improves colour fidelity (though, it isn't the best performer by any means)
  • Selfies from the Velvet, are properly good - LG got the distance right and the images usually turn out excellently sharp in bright light - Portraits are very good as well, subject separation is about as good as one can reasonably expect from a single cam solution
  • The phone also has solid stereo speakers
  • Rocks the good ol' 3.5mm headphone jack
  • LG Dual Screen Case adds an extra display to the Velvet, identical to the main display - the case is like giving your laptop an extra screen, it helps you with multi-tasking, you can simultaneously open 2 apps on each screen or have a different part of an app open on both screen - it also comes handy in gaming, where you can have your controls on one screen and the actual game on the different screen (though, not all apps support it)
  • The LG Velvet also supports a stylus (sold separately), which adds additional functionality, just like the Samsung Note series
  • Good battery life from the 4300 mAh battery - it tends to last a full day of moderate use, with little left in the tank by the end
  • Supports up to 9W fast wireless charging
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • With its second screen, the G8X weighs a whopping 330g - the combined package is significantly bulkier and heavier than say the Galaxy Fold, and is thus much more cumbersome to carry around in your pocket
  • The optical in-display fingerprint sensor works reliably but isn’t as fast as more recent takes on the tech by OnePlus and others (and there is no face unlock either)
  • One of the most slippery phones around when used without a case
  • When viewing shared content on both screens, there is a thick hinge down the middle
  • The experience is sometimes buggy - for example, either of the 2 screens can sometimes go off, or sometimes flicker (these issues might be sorted via software updates)
  • The 2 screens pretty much exist as separate spaces (except in Chrome which supports the 'wide view' mode to stretch the app to use both screens together) - and this is one area where LG could have done better with software - you cannot drag-and-drop content from an app (or even an app) on one screen to the other (these scenarios are all possible on the Galaxy Fold)
  • Given that Android 10 is already here, launching with Android 9 is a bit of a downer
  • The camera is quite awkward to use with the Dual Screen attached
  • While the clicked images are mostly accurate, they could have packed more visual punch
  • While the overall camera quality is not bad, the absence of a telephoto, or dedicated depth sensor, both of which are often found in this price bracket, limits the versatility of shots you can take
  • On the whole, while the dual camera setup on the LG G8X ThinQ is solid for the price - it's certainly not up to the level of the best camera smartphones (the likes of iPhone 11, the Pixel 3/3a, and the Galaxy S10 series)
  • Extensive use of the Dual Screen however takes a noticeable toll on battery life, and you might need to re-fill the battery before night
  • The phone’s USB-C port is inaccessible when using the second screen, so LG has used a MagSafe-like magnetic connector - which adds one more adaptor for you to carry around, when you are using the second screen
  • But devices like G8X ThinQ are not for everyone - if you are looking for a more "conventional" flagship, you will find an excellent option in the OnePlus 7T Pro which offers an amazing, 'full screen' 90Hz display, more versatile cameras, faster "fast charging", and an unmatched software experience
  • The highly glossy back is, of course, a fingerprint magnet
  • There is also an optical fingerprint reader under the screen and it's a tad slower than other phones in this price
  • A high refresh rate is missing from the display and lacks the smooth scrolling appearance of a OnePlus 8 or 8T
  • LG hasn't made any major improvements in its software, the LG Velvet runs on the LG UX 10 based on Android 10 - LG’s interface is not the most visually coherent, a lack of visual consistency between parts like the settings menu and the feature toggles drop-down cheapens the overall experience
  • LG's software and hardware doesn't feel well optimised, in day-to-day use, there's some delay and stuttering when switching between apps, and opening menus is often delayed
  • The ultra-wide camera is disappointing, as the low-resolution sensor leaves most fine textures and details missing, or over-smoothed
  • Overall, the camera system on the LG Velvet gets the job done, but it’s far from one of the best systems you’ll find in this price - if you want a top-class camera on your smartphone, you’ll have to look elsewhere
  • The phone supports up to 25W Fast charging but only comes with a 15W charger in the box, which isn't very fast - it takes the bundled charger more than 2 hours to fully charge the phone
  • The LG Velvet doesn't offer any fancy bells and whistles such as a high refresh rate display, super-fast charging, or periscope cameras, that doesn’t mean it’s bad - it just leaves a lot to be desired in a world where competition is sky high
  • There are better options available that offer much more at this price, like the OnePlus 8
Expert Reviews
  1. A great phone that becomes a nice versatile tool with the Dual Screen case
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Difficult to recommend
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Dual screens make this phone a multitasker's dream
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. As a standalone smartphone, the LG G8X is pretty easily outclassed...As a dual-screen device, it shows potential
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Two screens are better than one, but the G8X will (literally) weigh you down
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. You’d really have to want the Dual Screen for this to make sense as your daily phone
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The LG G8X's appeal may be niche, but it's an interesting concept that offers an alternative to foldable phones that gives budget-conscious buyers more screen for whatever they want to do on their phone
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A good package for someone wanting to experience a foldable smartphone without breaking the bank
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Eye catching device (with the case on)
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Offers about three-quarters of the experience of the Samsung Galaxy Fold for about one-third the cost...if you can put up with some usability shortcomings and average cameras, this phone is better value than most
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A quirky multi-tasking monster
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. A quirky Android phone that should interest mobile gaming fans
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A very interesting and capable smartphone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. LG’s best phone In years
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. More of a novelty, than a must-have
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  16. Dual Screen Android is unexpected fun
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. On its own, the G8X is hard to recommend..But add in the Dual Screen case, which is bundled with the phone, and you've got something far more interesting than similarly priced handsets from the likes of Samsung and Google
    pcworld.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. The LG G8X ThinQ is a solidly built phone that tries to stand out by offering the convenience of a secondary display at a rather affordable price
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. There's the coolness factor of 2 displays...but LG's second-gen Dual Screen effort is very much still a work in progress
    androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. Offers a unique experience
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. A steal...gives you the most screen for your money
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. The LG G8X gives you much that's comparable to other flagship phones, with the extra display as a unique feature
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. Folding phones may be the future, but until then the G8X proves that the dual display has its place
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  24. If you like to try out new experiences, than the LG G8X is for you
    neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  25. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  29. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  30. pocketnow.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. If you value style on top of everything, the Velvet will fit nicely
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. It's an attractive-looking handset with a decent camera and a gorgeous, big screen, but there are better options available
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Velvet is LG's best-looking phone in a while, but LG didn't go far enough
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Smooth looks alone can't make this Android phone stand out in a very crowded and competitive field
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Luxury on the outside, less so on the inside
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The LG Velvet is a bold new reinvention for LG, focusing on style first and foremost
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  12. 9to5google.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
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