Our Opinion

The LG G8X ThinQ (Dual Screen) is a slightly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

LG G8X ThinQ (Dual Screen)  Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB 
LG G8X ThinQ Samsung Galaxy S10
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Excellence Score
69.1
68.4
Value for Money Score
51.4
59.6
Price ₹ 54,990 onwards ₹ 39,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2019 Feb, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.1 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1440x3040 pixels (~ 551 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display Type OLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features DCI-P3 100%, HDR10, Always-on display; Detachable Secondary Screen (In box) Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.84 GHz 2.7 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #9 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 9820 OctaRanked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 640 Mali-G76 MP12
RAM 6 GB 8 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 16MP + 12MP + 12MP
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. 12MP: F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length (wide); 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 12MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 52mm Focal Length (Telephoto); 1/3.6" Sensor; 1.0um Pixel Size; Autofocus; OIS; 2x Optical Zoom, 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide), Auto-HDR, Panorama, Slo-mo Video ([email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]), HDR, Dual-video Rec.
Secondary Camera 32MP 10MP
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, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual Video Call, Auto-HDR, 4K Video Rec.
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 7.8 mmMedium
Weight 192 gmHeavy 157 gmMedium
Width 75.8 mmOk for one-handed use 70.4 mmComfortable 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 3400 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
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 In-display Supersonic Fingerprint Sensor; Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 6); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Qi Fast Wireless charging; Bixby; Samsung Pay; Reverse Wireless charging; NFC; ANT+ Support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; AKG sound
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
  • Absolutely gorgeous, slick design, which is truly all-screen, and zero bezels - with a punch hole for the front camera
  • Top quality build
  • Feels great in the hand thanks to curved sides on the front and back
  • More compact and easier to handle than the Galaxy S10+
  • The new in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor also works well, and even with wet/greasy fingers - plus it's more secure than the 2D optical sensor on the likes of the OnePlus 6T, since it creates a 3D map of your finger
  • There is also lightning fast face unlock
  • Brilliant, killer display - the new quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display on the Galaxy S10 Plus is Samsung’s best display yet and arguably the best smartphone display yet, and absolutely immersive, with its all-screen design
  • Dynamic Tone Mapping delivers enhanced brightness and a wider color range and Samsung has worked to reduce blue light emission, which can be harmful for your eyes
  • The Galaxy S10’s panel also gets plenty bright at 625 nits of peak brightness
  • The OneUI software on the Galaxy S10 is slick and streamlined as promised, and fairly easy to use - it's one of the better Android UIs you will come across - in fact, it is arguably the best custom Android skin after Oxygen OS, and that’s a huge deal for the Samsung brand
  • With the power beast Exynos 9820 chip inside, the Galaxy S10 is simply the fastest Android phone yet - and only a shade behind Apple's iPhone XR/XS - it will steamroll through anything you throw at it - and gameplay in even the most complex games is smooth like butter
  • There is also a new set of features Samsung calls “Intelligent Performance” - using artificial intelligence, the Galaxy S10 lineup can automatically and continuously optimize battery, CPU, RAM, and even device temperature based on what you’re doing with the phone at any given time - Intelligent Performance also learns when you use certain apps over time, and it can pre-load them in the background based on time and location - this way, your most frequently used apps are lightning-fast to launch
  • Continuing Samsung's tradition of including some excellent cameras on its flagships, the 4 cameras on the S10 (3 rear + 1 front) pack quite some punch are are easily among the best on any phone available currently - taking the top spots along with the Pixel 3/XL and the iPhone XS/Max
  • The three cameras in the rear include a 12-MP dual-pixel main shooter with a variable aperture (f/1.5, f/2.4), a 12-MP telephoto lens (f/2.4) with a 2x optical zoom and an ultra-wide 16-MP camera (f/2.2) that gives you a 123-degree view
  • The ultra-wide angle lens on the S10 Plus can produce dramatic-looking photos, giving you a more captivating view of almost any scene
  • If you like portraits, you’ll like the Live Focus effects Samsung has added to the mix - you can choose from Blur, Spin, Zoom and Color point (which puts the main subject in color and the background in black and white) - you can also apply these effects to portraits or selfies after you shoot
  • Low light photography is pretty strong too, though not quite to the level of the Pixel 3
  • The front camera is pretty good too (though portraits aren't as good as on the S10+)
  • Video recording is top-notch too, especially with the new 'Super Steady' mode - that produces the kind of smooth tracking shots you’d see in a movie
  • Includes a headphone jack, something that's not that easy to find among flagships today
  • Has pretty powerful speakers (though they are not up to the level of the the stereo sound from the iPhone XS Max which delivers more robust bass and richer audio overall)
  • Good battery life with a 3400mAh battery, an optimized processor, and AI based 'Adaptive Battery' chops
  • The handy PowerShare feature lets you use the back of the S10 to wirelessly charge other phones and gadgets that use the Qi standard (including the iPhones XS, and Galaxy Buds)
  • The Galaxy S10 is easily one of the best Android phones money can buy, with a slick design, a gorgeous display, blazing fast performance, an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, further improved cameras and good battery life
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 punch hole for the front camera can be a bit distracting at times - especially when you’re using an app with a white background like Gmail - whether you prefer this approach to a 'full screen' device or the water-drop notch approach may be down to personal preference - while notches are usually larger, they still maintain the symmetry of the phone - so it's a bit of a toss-up - though, just like a notch, this is something you quickly get used to, and ultimately stop even noticing
  • Overall, while the cameras on the Galaxy S10 are right up there with the very best, they are still a shade behind the Pixel 3 and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, in terms of low-light photography
  • While fast charging is of course supported, the charging speeds over the Adaptive Fast Charging protocol aren't all that impressive for a 2019 flagship - it will take you 30 minutes to charge the phone to about 36% with the included 15W charger in the box - it's a decent speed but the fast charging standards of the likes of OnePlus, Oppo, and Vivo are significantly better
  • There is still strong competition though - while the S10 is a great, powerful all-rounder, if you are looking for the best camera, you should consider the Pixel 3, and if you are looking for even more powerful performance, brighter display, or prefer the iOS ecosystem, you should look at the iPhone XS
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. Superb phone...easy to recommend
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. All the S10 Plus power in a smaller package
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Samsung's big 2019 flagship Android phones deliver in more ways than you'd think
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you are looking for a smartphone that does it all and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, your search ends here
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Samsung's Galaxy S10 phones are sleek, gorgeous, powerful, cutting-edge devices
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. As good as the Galaxy S10+ on most counts..if you’re looking for a flagship smartphone that scores high on performance, photography, and aesthetics, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is perfect for you
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Galaxy 10 isn’t just a big step forward for Samsung, it’s a giant leap ahead of the competition
    bgr.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Perfect premium smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Let's be clear, the Galaxy S10 is a killer phone that delivers near-perfect performance across the board
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A great phone
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Samsung’s latest flagship is a worthy iPhone XS killer
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. We have a new king
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. An amazing phone
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. The Galaxy S10 gets just about everything right, and is a stunning all-round package
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  19. arstechnica.com hands-on Read Review »
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