South Korean tech company, LG has set a new Smartphone display technology straight for the mobile phone industry, this is the LG Wing with a dual-screen swiveling design, and it is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G processor.
This isn’t the first dual-screen smartphone out there on the market, even LG isn’t a foreigner to such a trend. The company has some inspiration from its G8X ThinQ, and the latest Velvet Smartphone.
But LG just offered a unique spin on those screens, and it is similar to the company’s classic swiveling 2007 LG VX9400 feature phone. LG Wing launched its Wing as the first phone under its new Explorer Project, which is aimed at exploring ways to “breathe new life into what makes a smartphone.”
Well, the dual OLED screen display is the most salient feature of the LG Wing, where the main screen is a standard 6.8-inch FHD+ P-OLED display that looks much like an everyday Smartphone screen, and lacks bezels and notches around the screen, but comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
If you are worried about the 32-megapixels selfie snapper, LG did not embed the front-facing camera on the secondary screen but instead opted to go with a pop-up lens, it is so much easy since the Wing didn’t have enough moving parts to worry about.
Under the standard normal screen display is the unique feature, it is the secondary 3.9-inch G-OLED Swivel with FHD+ and a 1.15:1 aspect ratio that offers a spin that everyday Smartphone can possibly do. In order to unveil the screen, the Wing’s main display twists around and up to reveal the second screen.
It is very obvious that LG is trying to re-imagine how and what you can do with a secondary screen. And the idea behind the “swivel mode,” is to use the window for another app or extended functionality. While the main display still retains your primary task.
You can probably use the swivel mode for camera controls while using the camera application, and yes, you can also use it to run two applications side by side, something like being on Twitter and streaming the football match.
There is also the “gimbal mode” which is an interesting feature that allows for the secondary display to be used as a grip, complete with joystick controls for adjusting the camera that in turn provides the stability to capture clearer shots and smooth video footage in horizontal mode with one hand.
In order to make it more interesting, you can swipe or flip the phone around to respond to message on the smaller, vertical display by using the main display as a massive, and widescreen keyboard.
Although, dual-screen is slowly becoming a thing at this stage, and most third-party app developers would love to extend their applications to the second screen, and embracing this stage will definitely make the LG Wing a more lovely Smartphone, if not, then this cool feature will be limited will to LG’s own software.
When watching movies, or videos on the LG Wing standard screen display, then the phone’s Video applications will use the second display for media and volume controls. There’s no official IP rating but the screens do come with a water repellent coating, which is slightly disappointing for such a phone.
To enhance the video compatibility, LG partnered with YouTube or Tubi on the preinstalled NAVER Whale browser, which allows the video to plays on the Main Screen while the Second Screen displays comments or the search bar.
On the other hand, the Rave and Ficto platforms can play videos fullscreen while simultaneously interacting with other viewers via the Second Screen. With this move, LG shoots a big aim on content consumption and target the Wing at users who love watching videos on the go.
When you decide the purchase the LG Wing, you can solely use the phone like a normal regular portrait phone, but flipping the main screen horizontally gets you a whole new form factor. This means that the Wing doesn’t just have to be used in a landscape format.
The entire front of the phone rotates clockwise 90 degrees, and with plenty of moving parts, the durability is much of concerns, but LG as already laid out its plans and response, stating that the hinge mechanism has been tested for 200,000 swivels.
LG also explained that the “hinge module with Hydraulic Damper reduces stress on the mechanism when the Main Screen is rotated and the Thermoplastic polyoxymethylene is applied to the back of the Main Screen to facilitate smoother swiveling and to prevent scratches on the Second Screen”
The 3.9-inch secondary panel can serve as an auxiliary display as you navigate on Google Maps when driving leaving the Main Screen as the Second Screen for calls or read the latest document from work.
LG made the second screen panel stronger, as it doubles as a grip when the Main Screen is in landscape mode. And the second half display can also be disabled while flipped out activating a “grip lock” feature that displays useful information such as time and date and ignores accidental touches.
For optics, it packs an f/1.8 64-megapixels main rear camera with OIS support, LED Flash, f/2.2 12-megapixels Ultra Wide Big Pixel Gimbal mode camera, and f/1.9 13-megapixels ultra-wide-angle camera. The pop-up camera retracts when the phone is dropped.
There is also a new “Hexa motion” sensor that helps avoid interference, LG noted. The LG Wing can also shoot in a dual recording mode, capturing video from the front and rear cameras at the same time.
With 10.9mm thickness, the Wing boasts of slim panels and weighs at 9.17 ounces (260g), powered by Snapdragon 765G 7nm EUV SoC, Adreno 620 GPU with Qualcomm’s integrated X52 modem for 5G support, 8GB of RAM, 128GB / 256GB of storage, and expandable up to 2TB with MicroSD.
It packs a 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0+ 25W fast charging, and support for 10w wireless charging via USB Type-C. Other connectivity options includes 5G SA/ NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS and NFC.
The company noted that the Wing will be released in the US on Verizon first, then by AT& T and T-Mobile. The pricing of the phone is yet to be revealed, and that will be done by network partner between a sub-6GHz and mmWave version on Verizon. The LG WING comes in Aurora Gray and Illusion Sky color options.