It’s one of multiple phones launching at the Mobile World Congress trade show next month. Apparently none of them are going to be foldable ones.
LG will launch a smartphone, whose name hasn’t been yet decided, that will have an option for a second-screen attachment, according to a person familiar with the situation. The attachment, which the person describes as a sort of case with a screen, could potentially double the total screen size of the device.
It’s one of multiple phones launching at the Mobile World Congress trade show next month, sources say. While the company is mulling the G8 name, it’s unclear whether the multiple-screen phone will carry the name of its flagship line.
LG is a company who never ceases to surprise us with launching some outlandish and eccentric phones. One of which was last year’s G7, that introduced an a sol called Boom Box speaker that allowed us to turn up the volume like we haven’t done before, as well as introducing some haptic technology and great vibrations. In that same category of “outside of the box” phone was the V40, having packed in five cameras.
How will the new LG second screen phone work?
Although we’ve heard all sorts of rumors, it’s still pretty much unclear how this tricky device will work, but it’s certainly different at a time when the company could use some headlining equipment. LG has struggled to stand apart from an increasingly competitive field of smartphone players, on a market mostly dominated by Apple, Samsung, Huawei high-end phone plus some other Chinese makers who hit more budget-conscious consumers.
LG’s ground is somewhere in the middle.
The new LG phone won’t roll or fold
Folding screens are starting to be the next big thing in the mobile phone industry, aside from the punch-hole camera, of course.
At the same event (MWC), Samsung is said to be getting ready to release its first foldable phone alongside the new Galaxy S10. Topping that off will be the Galaxy A8 who will offer its first handset with a pinhole on the screen, which it calls Infinity-O.
However, LG isn’t following the trend, and, as we’ve heard, the screen also won’t be rolling up, like the LG Signature OLED TV R.
Now there’s no word on how exactly the attachment is going to add a second screen to the mix, but at any rate, it could stand out from the pack.
CNET hasn’t yet found out if this new adjustable device will be the mainstream G8 device, or perhaps a separate device like LG’s previous G Flex series, but it will be something to keep an eye on as MWC’s opening approaches on February 25th.
Samsung has already teased its foldable smartphone, but other companies are still dealing with issues like wear and tear of a flexible screen and software and user experience issues.