Our Opinion

The LG G8X ThinQ (Dual Screen) is a significantly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (6GB RAM, 64GB) is much better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend!

LG G8X ThinQ (Dual Screen)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (6GB RAM, 64GB) 
LG G8X ThinQ Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
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Excellence Score
69.1
48.1
Value for Money Score
51.4
82.6
Price ₹ 54,990 onwards ₹ 15,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2019 May, 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 6.67 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type OLED IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features DCI-P3 100%, HDR10, Always-on display; Detachable Secondary Screen (In box) Sunshine mode, Night mode, Colour temperature adjustment, Anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protective coating
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.84 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #9 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 720GRanked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 640 Adreno 618
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 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
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. 64MP: f/1.9 aperture; 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 119° Field-of-view; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.4 aperture; Macro Lens; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60/120fps; [email protected], EIS, Ultra Nightscape mode, AI scene detection, Smart ultra-wide angle mode, Ultra wide-angle edge distortion correction, AI Beautify, Burst mode, Tilt-shift, Level display, Custom watermark, Pro mode, Portrait mode background blur adjustment, Studio Lighting, Panorama mode, AI high resolution photos
Secondary Camera 32MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR, 4K Video Recording, EIS Panorama selfie, Palm shutter, AI silhouette detection, Wide-angle distortion correction, HDR, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Age recognition, AI Beautify, AI feature adjustment, AI makeup, AI portrait mode, AI scene detection, AI studio lighting
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.4 mmMedium 8.8 mmMedium
Weight 192 gmHeavy 209 gmHeavy
Width 75.8 mmOk for one-handed use 76.6 mmInconvenient 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, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 5020 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, 33W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger Yes, 33.0W 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 UFS 2.1 Storage; 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
  • Fresh, bright and vibrant design, with a very shiny, reflective rear panel - you'll see light play across the surface when using this phone, giving the feeling of depth
  • The distinctive new camera bump design plays into the theme of symmetry - this is a nice design touch that sets the Redmi Note 9 series apart and make this phone and its siblings recognisable
  • The front of the phone looks modern and definitely defies expectations for its price category
  • Fingerprint sensor is integrated into the power key and it is extremely fast at unlocking the phone
  • Xiaomi's trademark infrared emitter is on the top, and can be used to control several home appliances
  • There's also a notification and charging LED hidden in the earpiece, a rarity to find in modern smartphones
  • Bright, crisp and large 6.67-inch IPS display with a tall 20:9 aspect ratio - the panel delivers punchy and vibrant colours and the large screen work nicely for consuming videos and games
  • MIUI is one of the more refined and smooth Android skins around, and has a lot of customisation/theming options - there’s ample features for power users - from gestures to the ability to switch around button layouts as well as a robust home screen customisation experience, you can really make the phone your own
  • Class-leading performance for the price backed by the snappy Snapdragon 720G - the Redmi Note 9 Pro is more than powerful enough to handle anything from basic calls and messaging all the way up to heavy 3D gaming, with no trouble whatsoever, multitasking is also smooth and trouble-free
  • Good quad camera at the back - a 64MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor
  • Daylight shots from the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max turn out quite well - photos look sharp and the details are good - phone automatically enables HDR in appropriate situations
  • The Ultra-wide camera on the device offers a wider field of view with good quality images - wide-angle correction is implemented which prevents barrel distortion
  • Xiaomi has done a particularly good job at optimising the portrait mode and the phone does a fantastic job at edge-detection, creating a natural-looking blur
  • Macro camera is good for extreme close-ups - it captures very good details in good lighting conditions - the resolution is also higher at 5-megapixels than what you usually get from other smartphones
  • In low-light, the phone manages to keep noise under control and offer good images - with Night Mode enabled, the phone combines multiple exposures, the output is sharper, with much better detail, and objects in the shadows are more visible
  • The 32MP front camera is good - in daylight, you get sharp selfies - there is a portrait mode for the selfie camera as well, and it does manage to accurately separate the background from the subject
  • Video recording is decent as long as there's good light (though, in low-light the phone struggles to stabilise the footage and creates a shimmer effect)
  • Overall, it has one of the best camera performances in this price segment
  • Very good battery life with the 5020 mAh battery - with ordinary use, the Redmi Note 9 Pro easily lasts through a full day and nearly half of the second day before needing a recharge
  • Excellent fast charging with the 33W fast charger in the box, takes nearly an hours to fill the phone completely, which is one of the fastest for this price
  • The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is almost identical to it's younger sibling the Redmi Note 9 Pro, the only exceptions being the better cameras and faster charging - and if you value these features, it's worth spending the extra bucks on the Max
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
  • At 8.8mm thick and 209g in weight, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is bulky and unwieldy
  • It is a standard 60Hz panel and doesn't have a high refresh rate - this is a missed opportunity that puts the Redmi Note 9 Pro on the back foot compared to its peers
  • It still continues to pack a lot of bloat though - you get many pre-installed applications with wide-ranging requirements for user permissions
  • However, if you are looking for a higher refresh display, you can consider the POCO X2 or the Realme 6, other specs are very similar
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. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is powerful, offers great battery life and packs in good cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Incredible camera, satisfactory performance
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Note 9 Pro Max is highly impressive... but the competition is tough
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
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