LG is no stranger to two-screen smartphones in recent years, but the company recently announced its biggest ever with a dual-screen device at an LG screening in memory. It’s a wild-looking, swilling-display smartphone that looks – quite literally – offering a new spin on what a phone can do.
The new phone is inspired by LG’s current trends, including dual-screen smartphones such as the G8X ThinQ and Velvet, as well as the company’s classic swiving LG VX 9400 feature phone released over a decade ago. The Wing is the first device under LG’s new “Explorer Project” branding, aimed at exploring ways to “breathe new life to make smartphones”.
The most interesting feature of the wing is, of course, two OLED panels. The first is a standard 6.8-inch main screen without any bezels or notches (instead, LG has chosen to go with a pop-up lens, because apparently the wing doesn’t have enough moving parts to worry about Was). But this is the second 3.9-inch panel bottom The main performance that makes Wing 2020’s most unique looking phone. Instead of turning two full-size (or a flexible) panels from the side, the wing’s main display turns around and up to reveal a second screen, in a shape that looks like a Tetris T-block.
And LG has huge ambitions for the types of functionality that can enable this new form factor. The idea is that when in “swivel mode”, you will use the main display for whatever your primary function is, while the second display serves as a complementary window to another app or extended functionality.
For example, LG envisions using a secondary panel for camera control using the camera application, freeing the main display as an unusable viewfinder. Flip it around, and you can use the main display as a large-scale, widescreen keyboard, while you react to the message thread displayed on a small, vertical display. Video applications may use a second display for media and volume control. However, it would be up to a lot of third-party developers to embrace other performance to expand their apps – otherwise, it would end up being a cool feature limited only to LG’s own software.
Of course, you can also use it to run only two applications side-by-side: play a mobile game on your main panel, while streaming it online to friends and fans using another display, or while streaming the latest football match Read twitter.
Wing is not required to be used only in a landscape format. LG is enthusiastic about using the main display in a standard candy-bar “portrait” mode because it is the more obvious widescreen format the secondary panel offers as a sort of auxiliary display when you navigate to Google Maps or read the latest. Serves as Documents from work. For example, while watching a movie, you can flip the secondary half display using the “grip lock” feature, allowing it to be used as a useful handle.
The wing’s unique form factor also leads to one of the phone’s most interesting features: a “gimbal mode” that allows the secondary display to be used as a grip with joystick controls to adjust the camera. LG actually included a second dedicated ultravide camera on the back to capture the footage, while the main display is in its swiveled landscape mode (with a rotate sensor to match the orientation). It is also equipped with a new “hexa motion” sensor that it says helps the company avoid interference. The wing can also shoot in a dual recording mode, capturing video from front and rear cameras at the same time.
Obviously, with so many moving parts, there are a lot of concerns about durability and longevity. LG says it is aware of the concerns and promises that Wing will hold. It is also working on cases that will be compatible with the swiveling design, something that works slightly more than a traditional phone case.
The rest of the hardware for the LG Wing is quite common. Qualcomm’s integrated X52 modem for 5G support comes with Snapdragon 765G processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, 4,000mAh battery, in-display fingerprint sensor and support for wireless charging. The biggest omission is, of course, any waterproofing – something is expected to happen on this phone with several moving parts.
The second display also adds to the thickness and bulk of the phone, though not as much as, say, self-full-size screen cases that were used in LG’s past. Measuring 9.17 oz (260 g) and 0.43 in. Thick Wing – For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, with a similarly sized display, is 7.76-oz (220 g) and 0.35 in. Thick.
The LG Wing features a triple-camera setup on the back of the device as well as a 32-megapixel front-facing camera. The 64-megapixel main camera is a 13-megapixel “regular” ultravide, and the aforementioned 12-megapixel “gimbal mode” ultravide dedicated to landscape mode.
LG says that Wing will be released in the US first on Verizon, followed by AT&T and T-Mobile. LG says the price, release date, color options and specs will vary by network partner, meaning that we see a split between a sub-6 GHz LG Wing model for AT&T and T-Mobile. And a premium MMWave version exclusive to Verizon is similar to the previously released LG Velvet. Said that, as of now, the company is yet to announce an unclear release window or price estimate for the upcoming device.