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LG Dual Screen Smartphone Technology Explained!

LG has now introduced two Dual Screen smartphones – the LG V50 ThinQ and the LG G8X ThinQ.

In this article, we will dive into their Dual Screen technology, and look at the good, the bad and the ugly side of it!

 

LG Dual Screen Technology

Foldable displays are a great way to differentiate smartphones from their rivals. But the HUAWEI Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold have shown, they are difficult to develop and manufacture.

Unwilling to spend money to develop their own foldable display, LG chose to develop Dual Screen devices instead.

While not as sexy as foldable displays, they are inherently much cheaper and easier to develop and manufacture.

That’s why the first model is out now, with a second model on the way, even while the HUAWEI Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold have been delayed for months now.

LG V50 Dual Screen

First introduced in the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, it basically involves attaching a Dual Screen case (which has a second display) to an ordinary LG V50 smartphone.

The Dual Screen case has a second display on the inner side of its front cover. It uses a three-pin POGO connector to deliver power and data to this display.

The two displays have different characteristics which we have summarised in this table :

Specifications LG V50 ThinQ Display LG Dual Screen Display
Size 6.4-inch 6.2-inch
Panel Type OLED OLED
Resolution Quad HD+
1440 x 3120 pixels
Full HD+
1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel Density 538 pixels per inch 390 pixels per inch

The hinge design not only separates the two display by about ¼ inch, it cannot fully open so the two displays cannot lay flat.

LG G8X Dual Screen

At IFA 2019, LG unveiled their second Dual Screen device – the LG G8X ThinQ.

It incorporates a number of improvements over the LG V50, including using the same display… right down to the notch!

Specifications LG G8X ThinQ Display LG Dual Screen Display
Size 6.4-inch 6.4-inch
Panel Type OLED OLED
Resolution Full HD+
1080 x 2340 pixels
Full HD+
1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel Density 403 pixels per inch 403 pixels per inch

Instead of a 3-pin POGO connector, the G8X uses the USB-C port to communicate with its Dual Screen case.

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Dual Screen = Separate Displays

The way LG designed it, the two displays are functionally and logically separate displays.

This means it is not possible to stretch an app across both displays… except for a singular exception – the NAVER Whale browser.

It does not help that the two displays are separated by a hinge that is about ¼ inch wide, and hinge design itself prevents the two displays from laying flat.

 

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Why LG Dual Screen Devices Need To Use NAVER Whale!

LG just announced that they will be partnering with NAVER to introduce the Whale browser for use with LG Dual Screen devices.

However, their press release which many websites have posted is inaccurate. We will clarify and explain what this is all about, and what it means for LG Dual Screen devices.

LG Dual Screen

Foldable displays are a great way to differentiate smartphones from their rivals. But the HUAWEI Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold have shown, they are difficult to develop and manufacture.

LG chose to develop Dual Screen devices instead, which are much cheaper and easier to develop and manufacture.

The LG Dual Screen technology basically adds a second display to the LG smartphone using a special case.

Due to design limitations, they work as separate displays. It is therefore not possible to stretch an app across both displays, which greatly limits its use.

This is where LG’s partnership with Naver comes in…

 

NAVER Whale

Although LG claims to have developed the Whale browser with NAVER in their press release, that appears to be inaccurate.

As far as we can tell, Whale was developed completely by NAVER, a South Korean developer, without input from LG.

In fact, NAVER released Whale back in 2017, with the Android version released in April 2018.

Based on the open-source Google Chromium browser, NAVER Whale supports omnitasking – the ability to carry out multiple tasks simultaneously on one screen.

It also supports a split screen mode with an adjustable divider, that lets you browse two different websites in the same tab.

 

LG Dual Screen + NAVER Whale = A Logical Choice

LG Dual Screen technology is limited by the fact it uses two functionally and logically separate displays.

NAVER Whale allows you to use both displays at the same time. For example :

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  • If you are on a shopping website, you can scroll through its category menus on one display, while reading product descriptions on the other display
  • You can display the same news report or article in two different languages simultaneously – one on each display

This is why LG Dual Screen devices need to use the NAVER Whale browser. It is currently the only logical choice for Dual Screen displays.

The real story of the press release is that LG is pre-installing NAVER Whale into their new and upcoming Dual Screen devices, like the LG G8X announced at IFA 2019.

 

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The LG G6 Price, Specifications & Availability in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 APRIL 2017 – LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled the G6 smartphone, its latest flagship offering that features a bold new display format complemented by a cinematic viewing experience, exceptional screen to body ratio, wide angle camera and more.

Designed in response to consumer feedback and user opinions, the LG G6 focuses on the features consumers want, most notably a big screen that comfortably fits in one hand. The LG G6 smartphone comes with voice control and a personal assistant amongst other new features, offering unrivaled usability and convenience.

 

First Smartphone in the World to Feature 18:9 Display Format

The LG G6 comes with a 5.7-inch QHD+ (2,880 x 1,440 resolution) FullVision display, and for the first time ever in a smartphone, an 18:9 screen aspect ratio. Compared with conventional 16:9 aspect ratio displays, the 18:9 format offers more viewing space and a more immersive experience when streaming videos and playing games.

Sculpted from aluminum and glass, the G6 features a minimalist and sleek design smooth to the touch. The metal frame that is a soft matte finish, imparts solidity in style with a high gloss back is perfectly flat. The rounded corners of the G6 also disperse the impact if the phone is dropped.

 

Elevate the Mobile Viewing Experience with Dolby Vision

The LG G6 now supports two High Dynamic Range (HDR) standards for viewers to get more out of cinematic contents available for smartphones. As the first smartphone to feature Dolby Vision technology, the LG G6 also supports HDR 10, both of which are standards for the picture quality technology that displays a wider ran6ge of color and luminosity.

 

Dual 13MP Cameras with Wide Angle Lens to Capture all the Beauty

LG G6’s dual 13MP rear cameras, which boast a 125-degree wide angle lens, capture more in a shot that regular phones cannot achieve. When taking scenic shots of natural landscapes such as vast mountain ranges and waterfalls, simply switch to the wide angle lens to get all the beautiful details in. Users will also experience seamless transitions when zooming in and out between the wide angle and standard camera lenses even during 4K video capture.

The G6 comes with an expanded 100-degree field of view with its 5MP front camera, which means users can take selfies or wefies without the need for a selfie stick. Plus, the camera reduces edge distortion, which makes for more natural-looking images.

 

Built for Durability

The LG G6 boasts IP68 water and dust resistance, which makes it protected up to 1.5 meters of water for as long as 30 minutes. Users can now worry less about accidental drops in water and spillages.

The smartphone also endures tests for high temperatures and nail penetration, and uses a proprietary technology that dissipates heat via an internal heat pipe, the first in an LG smartphone. LG engineers have also positioned the components most prone to overheating as far from each other as possible.

 

Everyday Tasks a Cinch with the Google Assistant

The LG G6 has Google Assistant built-in. It works seamlessly with LG apps, empowering users to get fast answers, manage everyday tasks, enjoy the best music and videos and search the G6 quicker than ever. And with the remote after-service utilizing artificial intelligence, the more Google Assistant is used, the more personalized the user experience becomes.

 

LG G6 Specifications

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  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Processor
  • Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi)
  • SIM: Dual-SIM (4G/3G)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 64GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°)
  • Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°)
  • Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded)
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC /
  • USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • Colors: Astro Black / Ice Platinum / Mystic White
  • Other: 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision / HDR10.

 

LG G6 Price & Availability

Coming in astro black, ice platinum and mystic white colors, the smartphone will retail at RM 2,999 / ~US$ 659 and is available from first week of May 2017 onwards at selected LG authorized retailers. Each purchase of the G6 comes with a free flip case worth RM174 / ~US$ 39 while stocks last.

 

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