You might have your eyes on the Samsung Galaxy Fold, but are biding your time for the foldable phone revolution to release models that don’t break so easily. In the meantime, LG has forgone the intricacies of bendable displays with its LG G8X ThinQ smartphone paired with the LG Dual Screen, and released the launch details – and pricing – of its new phone-and-second-screen combo in a press release.
The new LG G8X will come November 1 in the US. And, the LG Dual Screen case will launch right alongside it, so customers won’t have to wait to experience the exciting possibilities offered by a second display.
Better still is the announcement of the price. The LG G8X is launching at $699. Considering the LG G8 started upwards of $800 when it arrived in the US, the new price of the LG G8X feels far more reasonable. LG is making even more amends, as the launch price includes the LG Dual Screen in the package.
It will launch simultaneously at major US retailers and on mobile carriers, with pre-orders beginning October 25.
We’ve already had an opportunity to go hands-on with the LG G8X ThinQ. It offers a definite degree of quality and polish, but still feels a tad bland when compared with the killer cameras or upgraded displays coming from other flagship phones.
The Dual Screen offers some novel uses and handy features. You can use it to house a large keyboard or video game controls. It can display photos as you take them while the main display continues to offer a live view of the camera. And, of course, you can run two apps side-by-side without having to cram them onto one display, instead giving each app a full 6.4 inches of screen space to stretch out.
It’s plenty powerful, too, with a Snapdragon 855 chipset and 6GB of RAM. It comes with Android 9 Pie, instead of the newer Android 10, but LG should have an update in short order. Unfortunately, there’s no 5G to help future-proof the LG G8X, but that is surely helping to keep the price below that of the $999 LG V50.’
For the price – and potential utility – the LG G8X is shaping up to be a very interesting phone for 2019.
This article originally ran on Techradar.com