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LG has never been afraid to try new things (remember the LG G5 and Friends?). That boldness may not have translated to sales but it isn’t stopping the company from turning heads. This time, they’re doing so more thoughtfully than you realize with the LG Wing 5G.
If you’ve closely been following tech news then you might have seen what may seem like an absurd design — a display that swivels to reveal yet another display. But it’s not all gimmick, or so LG says.
As the first device in the LG Explorer Project, the company wanted to come up with something groundbreaking but also functional. The swivelling display isn’t just for show.
As the motion suggests, the LG Wing has two modes. First is Basic Mode, which is how one would normally use the phone. The second is Swivel Mode, where the entire front of the phone rotates clockwise 90 degrees revealing a 3.9 inch Second Screen.
In Swivel Mode, certain apps can be expanded to both screens or two apps can be displayed simultaneously — one on each display. It’s not too different from how the company runs apps on their phones that support the dual-display option.
There’s also a Multi App feature lets you create shortcuts for pairs of apps you typically use together. A feature we’ve also seen on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2. Naturally, not all apps will be supported at launch.
The main screen is a 6.8-inch OLED FullVision edge-to-edge display with 20.5:9 aspect ratio. A type of screen that’s pretty common on smartphones these days. The Second Screen, as mentioned earlier, measures 3.9-inch and is also OLED with software optimizations to maximize its size.
In video apps optimized for its unique form factor, the LG Wing’s second screen acts as a media controller, with the ability to change video and sound settings.
The LG Wing has three cameras:
But what sets it apart is how the LG Wing employs the Gimbal Motion Camera tech. The vivo X50 Pro also uses the term Gimbal but the tech behind these two phones might be completely different.
In any case, unique to the LG Wing 5G is how the second screen can act as a convenient grip, providing stability for capturing stable video footage.
The phone also offers functions found a real gimbal. These include a joystick function for controlling the camera angle, a lock mode to reduce shakes and blurring, a follow mode for smoother videos when moving, pan follow for horizontal movement with minimal up and down shake, and first person view mode for capturing rhythmic and dynamic movements.
The LG Wing didn’t sacrifice a premium feel to achieve durability. The phone was crafted using slim but tough composite materials and a special perforation technique.
To manage the swiveling, the phone features a Hydraulic Damper. The company says it can do about 200,000 swivels — which averages out to about 100 motions every day for five years.
As it is a 2020 phone, it also had to have 5G. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC with the Snapdragon X52 5G Modem-RF System. It promises quality AI performance, supports multi camera capabilities, can handle gaming, and much more.
|Display||Main Screen: 6.8-inch 20.5:9 FHD+ P-OLED FullVision (2,460 x 1,080 / 395ppi)|
|Second Screen: 3.9-inch 1.15:1 G-OLED (1,240 x 1,080 / 419ppi)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G|
|RAM + ROM||8GB RAM 256GB internal storage
microSD (up to 2TB)
|Rear Cameras||(64MP Standard 4 (F1.8 / 78°/ 0.8µm) Ultra High Resolution
13MP Ultra Wide (F1.9 / 117° / 1.0µm)
12MP Ultra Wide Big Pixel (F2.2 / 120° / 1.4µm)
|Front Camera||Pop-up 32MP Standard 5 (F1.9 / 79.6° / 0.8µm)|
The LG Wing 5G will be available in the US beginning with Verizon, followed by T-Mobile and other U.S. carriers.
Specific pricing, availability, specs and color options will vary by network partners.