Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is a significantly better phone than the LG G8X ThinQ (Dual Screen), and is also much better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus!

LG G8X ThinQ (Dual Screen)  Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 
LG G8X ThinQ Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
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Excellence Score
69.1
90.6
Value for Money Score
52.5
82.5
Price ₹ 51,990 onwards ₹ 48,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2019 Feb, 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 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1440x3200 pixels (~ 524 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 120 HzSuper High
Display Features DCI-P3 100%, HDR10, Always-on display; Detachable Secondary Screen (In box) Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10+, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.84 GHz 2.73 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #9 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 990Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 640 Mali-G77 MP11
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 64MP + 12MP + 12MP + TOF 3D Camera
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (8K)
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. 64MP: f/2.0 Aperture; Telephoto; PDAF; OIS; 3x Hybrid Optical Zoom, 12MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; Autofocus; Super Steady video, 0.3 MP: TOF 3D Camera, Auto-HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]/60/240fps, HDR10+ Video, Dual-video rec., Stereo Sound rec., Gyro-EIS, OIS
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/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3.2" Sensor Size, 1.22um Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR, Video: [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]
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 188 gmMedium
Width 75.8 mmOk for one-handed use 73.7 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack USB-C
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 4500 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
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); Bixby; Samsung Pay; Reverse Wireless charging; UFS 3.0 Storage; USB Power Delivery 3.0; 15W Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging; 9W Power bank/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
  • Top end flagship build quality - the S20 Plus is a fine piece of hardware that exudes quality and craftsmanship
  • The front looks absolutely gorgeous with an almost edge to edge screen and just a single punch-hole at the top centre - the front glass is slightly less curved along the side edges than previous S series phones
  • The phone is sealed tight and carries an IP68 rating, so you can accidentally dunk it in some water and it’ll survive
  • Stunning 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen that is the best you can buy on any phone right now - the sharpness of the display is simply outstanding with eye-popping clarity
  • The 120Hz refresh rate gives the screen a luscious smoothness that has to be seen to be believed, you’ve got a screen that simply dominates every other panel on the market
  • The screen is also HDR10+ certified, which means the right content will deliver incredible dynamic range - the HDR10 movies on Netflix look really impressive
  • Running the Galaxy S20 Plus is Samsung's OneUI 2 on Android 10 - which, as far as Android UIs go, is one of the most refined, well thought-out experiences
  • Powering the Galaxy S20 Plus is the Samsung's own Exynos 990, which is one of the best CPUs available in the market, just a shade behind the Apple's A13 - the phone feels fast all the time, no matter what content or app you throw at the S20 Plus, it devours the calculations and offers buttery smooth performance
  • Samsung gave the Galaxy S20 Plus an impressive quad-camera system on the rear - the standard lens boasts a 12MP sensor, joined by an ultra wide-angle 12MP camera, an optical telephoto 64MP camera, and a time-of-flight camera to help process depth information
  • The primary 12MP camera gives you crisp detailed images with the good dynamic range that Samsung’s cameras are known for and the colours are wonderful
  • 64MP telephoto lens is capable of 3x lossless zoom and up to 30x digital zoom - the S20 Plus’s mix of sophisticated hardware and software deliver a precise images that are much clearer than anything else in the market (the 100x zoom is not present in the S20 and S20 Plus)
  • The S20 Plus’s 12MP Ultra-wide lens churns out exceptional results, delivering eye-catching shots, even in challenging lighting conditions
  • The low-light shots turn impressive, even in incredibly dark situations, the clarity is quite impressive, and the colours are perfect with little noise - the night mode further improves the quality with brighter and colourful images (though, the Pixel and iPhones still do a slightly better job in low light)
  • The most standout camera feature on the S20 Plus is Single Take mode - when engaged, Single Take records a 10-second video and snaps multiple images, giving you an entire gallery of options to choose from and share
  • Video recording with the phone looks amazing - it’s sharp, colourful, properly exposed, and on-point when it comes to white balance - video also supports live focus mode, this uses the ToF camera to help judge depth and create a portrait-like effect when capturing video - it is also capable of capturing 8K videos (though, the use case for 8K is very limited)
  • The Galaxy S20 Plus has improved ten-fold in Live Focus mode - the S20 Plus captures very realistic photos and is a massive step up from the portrait mode in Samsung’s prior phones (though, iPhone 11 series is still the champ in portrait shots)
  • The 10MP selfie camera does a fine job - you get a clear view of your pores in good light, and the target resolution dips in low light to keep images clean and bright
  • A pair of USB-C headphones is included in the box
  • Very good stereo speakers
  • Good battery life with the massive 4500 mAh cell - you will get a comfortable one day of use with heavy to moderate use
  • Sufficient fast charging with the supplied 25W charger - it boosts the battery by 50% after just 27 minutes
  • Also supports 15W wireless charging, and it can fill the battery to 50% in just 35 minutes on a charging pad
  • It also supports wireless reverse charging and can charge other phones or accessories that support wireless charging
  • The Galaxy S20 Plus, actually has identical capabilities to the smaller S20, but is for those who want a bit more screen space without paying for the top-of-the-line S20 Ultra - it may well end up being the best selling of the three - it has a gorgeous screen, classy hardware, wicked performance, good battery life, and capable cameras, and the Samsung's name - if what the S20 Plus offer is what you're looking for, go buy it (though, it’s also huge and heavy)
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
  • Aesthetically, the Galaxy S20 Plus looks dull, there's no flair in the design, like the Aura Glow option Samsung introduced last year, which looked fascinating - the huge camera module doesn't help either
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is unreliable - it’s slower than other sensors on competition and far less accurate
  • It is also huge and requires two hands to use most of the time - it doesn’t fit well in pockets, despite its slippery surfaces, and more or less requires a case for protection, which will only make it bigger
  • Overall, while Samsung has created flagship lever cameras that compete at the top level and comes out as champs in many situations, they are still slightly behind the iPhone cameras, that are more consistent
  • That said, if you're someone who enjoy smaller phones that are easy to carry around and have near to no compromise, get the smaller Galaxy S20, you'll get the same fast processor, 120Hz display and improved cameras with a handy form factor
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. The significantly larger display may be enough for the right customer
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The S20 are the Android flagship to beat in 2020
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The middle of Samsung's new Galaxy S20 devices is powerful and large, without being ridiculous.
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The S20/+ is one of the best Android phones around
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. This Android phone gets the job done so well, you'll hardly ever stop to think about it
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. It’s a powerhouse that packs the best perks of its siblings, and strikes the perfect balance between them
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Galaxy S20 Plus is a great flagship that offers excellent all-round performance, top-of-the-line features, and of course, brand value
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Galaxy S20 Plus is a good standalone Android flagship smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is one hell of a smartphone, it's one of the only phones actually worth the price
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Galaxy S20 Plus is no doubt an excellent flagship, which looks stylish and works flawlessly
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is all things considered, the best that Android has to offer to you in the world of smartphones
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. A very, very good smartphone
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. With a more manageable size and weight, plus a superb primary camera that's sure to improve with updates, the Galaxy S20 Plus could be the best phone of 2020
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. The S20 that business users need
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Smartphones this good shouldn’t have questionable cameras
    ww.9to5google.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Despite few shortcomings, it’s still the best android flagship out there
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. An exceptional all-rounder with one of the nicest displays on the market
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is an incredible smartphone that stands to be one of the best smartphones in the market
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. The Galaxy S20 Plus serves as a good option, one that brings the best of both worlds with its promise of flagship features, but not a kidney operation inducing price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  20. The Galaxy S20 Plus is your best two-to-three-year investment in a phone
    pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. Wholesome package justifies premium pricing
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. The software experience and the superiors camera make the S20+ very compelling
    thehindubusinessline.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. The Galaxy S20 Plus is easily one of the best Android flagships to buy
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
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