The LG G8X ThinQ has a secret weapon that makes it a gaming beast

First, a quick disclaimer: I am the world’s largest (learn: outdoors of Korea, presumably solely) LG smartphone fan. Or at the very least that is typically the way it feels on the planet of tech. 

Whereas the plenty sing the praises of Apple, Samsung and Huawei handsets, I sit quietly fawning over my LG G7 ThinQ, gazing longingly at its modest spec sheet with the “that’ll do pig” pleasure of the farmer from Babe.

However I may need a precise winner on my fingers this yr: the LG G8X ThinQ, revealed at IFA 2019, may be the very best handset for avid gamers on the market. And that is all all the way down to its second display.

The LG G8X ThinQ follows in the footsteps of the LG V50 ThinQ which was revealed in the beginning of 2019, by providing an non-obligatory second show, and refining the expertise as seen on the sooner cellphone significantly.


Its core specs are spectacular, with a 6.Four-inch OLED, the flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM, twin rear cameras, a 32MP selfie digital camera and a Four,000mAh battery. There’s even a three.5mm headphone jack.

Nevertheless it’s the extra makes use of of the second attachable display that make it so compelling for avid gamers.

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One display sport, the opposite display Recreation Pad

At its coronary heart, the LG G8X ThinQ is all about multi-tasking. Its removable second display can be utilized to run full display apps aspect by aspect, utilizing the Android Prolonged Show API. You could possibly have a map on one display, a video name on the opposite, or entry to your picture library on one display when you edit one other image on the second show.

For avid gamers although, that second show can develop into a full-size touchscreen Recreation Pad. LG has its personal ‘inbuilt’ Recreation Pad utility, that can be utilized alongside all method of gaming apps to map onscreen controls from the primary display to the secondary show. From digital steering wheels to designs that ape retro 16-bit management pads, the LG app allows you to swipe by way of all method of pad kinds.

We have now lovely screens on our telephones, completely suited to gaming on the go – however no-one requested you to rub your thumbs in opposition to the unique Recreation Boy’s display did they? It is nonetheless the benefit that the likes of the Nintendo Swap or PS Vita have over cell gaming, bodily controls properly away from their shows. 

Now, LG’s Recreation Pad, which flips down onto the show in a manner that makes it have a kind issue just like a Nintendo DS, does not have the tactility that bodily buttons do. However, in comparison with different telephones, it does have the benefit of eradicating the necessity to obscure the fullscreen gaming expertise. 

In comparison with devoted gaming gadgets, its a number of pad layouts and key customization make it a lot simpler to personalize to your playstyle – itself a boon for individuals who require accessibility controls so as to play.

A considerate addition

As for the cell phone itself, it could not boast gamer-centric refresh charges or resolutions that gadgets just like the Razer Telephone 2 supplied, however for the typical participant, that gained it matter. 

The specs listed below are greater than ok to play any cell title you’d throw at it and, not like ‘gaming telephones’ that basically solely lean on their super-powered internals in a try to meet that gaming-focused declare, the devoted Recreation Pad display is a genuinely-useful extra function function that common sensible telephones cannot lay declare to. 

With video games more and more turning into graphical showcases, and aggressive play on cell booming due to the likes of PUBG and Fortnite, the less distractions between us and the motion, the higher. 

It might not be excellent, however LG’s efforts are a rattling sight extra attractive than anything anybody is making an attempt.