Technology never ceases to amaze. We’ve seen foldable phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and a new dual-screen in the Microsoft Surface Duo. Now, LG is setting a different pace with a screen that swivels. Yes, that’s right. LG Wing presents a new form factor where the second screen swivels to display a second high-resolution screen, which also acts as the main screen.
You probably are wondering how a screen can swivel? Well, the LG Wing smartphone has a display that can physically rotate 90 degrees, giving you a landscape-oriented display. With the second screen up, you have a square-shaped display underneath and a much smaller top display, giving room for the front-facing camera.
At first glance, the LG Wing looks like a standard smartphone, although wider. The screen-rotating phone is like nothing we’ve seen before and is part of LG’s Explorer Project, which will see the company release a slew of devices with innovative and surprising technology.
- • OS: Android 10
- SOC: Snapdragon 765G
- RAM: 8GB
- Storage: 128GB, 256GB expandable up to 2TB
- Battery: 4,000mAh
- Display: 6.8-inch OLED, 2,460×1080, 3.9-inch OLED 1,240×1080
- Camera: Standard – 64MP, wide – 13MP, wide – 12MP, Front – 32MP
- Weight: 260g
- Colors: Illusion Sky, Aurora Gray
Features Special Dual Screen
As noted earlier, the LG Wing is in a class of its own when it comes to display.
- The main screen, which can be swiveled open, is a 6.8-inch OLED with a resolution of 2,460 x 1080. It has a 20.5:9 aspect ratio.
- The bottom display is a 3.9-inch OLED with a resolution of 1,240 x 1080. It has a 1.15:1 aspect ratio.
When you rotate the main screen, it displays a carousel of apps. You can choose the apps that you want to appear at this display or the bottom display. And you can open apps on each display individually. There is also an option to launch two apps at once, one at the top display and the other at the bottom. What’s more, the phone can retain the position of the apps when you close and reopen it. The new design proves to be useful in a variety of scenarios.
For example, you can watch YouTube videos full screen on the main display while viewing and replying to live comments on the second display. Additionally, some apps like YouTube have extra navigation interfaces when watching videos that give you options to adjust the brightness or track positioning without interfering with the content that’s playing. However, some apps did not work on the bottom display. But since this is not the final software, we expect more apps to work when the final version of the phone is out. According to LG, the Wing is built to withstand 200,000 swivels, which translates to roughly five years.
Is It the Best Multitasking Phone?
Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Surface Duo, and now the Wing are all attempting to fit big screens onto the palms of your hands, and it will be interesting to see what designs they come up with next. Speaking of the Wing, we found it pretty easy to multitask than the other phones. Gently push the screen to the left, and the main display flips to form a T-Shape. One thing you may notice, based on the direction of the push, is that the screen is meant to be held in the right hand. The big screen opens to a perfect balance, and even holding it on one hand doesn’t make it feel like it’s going to fall anytime soon. While most apps can run on the second screen, games specifically only run on the main display, and it makes sense considering that running a game on the smaller second display makes it hard to play.
LG Wing: Gimbal Camera
Apart from the splitting screens, LG Wing’s other selling point is its camera. The Wing has a 64MP main camera, a 13Mp wide-angle camera, a 12MP wide-angle camera, and a 32-megapixel front-facing camera.
The 12-megapixel wide-angle camera can be rotated 90 degrees to allow you to take horizontal-format videos while you’re holding the phone in a vertical position. We will not judge the picture quality at this stage, because like we said, the software is not final yet.
The reason why LG uses the gimbal mode is to allow you to pan manually using an on-screen joystick, although the ultra-wide lens can pan automatically.
The 12-megapixel optic situated in the middle of the trio back cameras makes use of LGs new Hexa Motion Sensor technology which helps in video stabilization, and it is specifically designed to take videos. There are three gimbal shooting modes:
- Pan Follow
- First Person
While the shooting modes might require a bit of a learning curve, they are simple to use, once you get the hang of it. The Pan Follow mode, for instance, keeps the subject in the frame for as long as possible by moving the lens irrespective of the phone’s position. At the same time, it keeps your videos stable by getting rid of juddering motions caused by shaky hands.
LG Wing: Battery and Performance
We’ll not dig deep into the Snapdragon 765G system-on-chip that allows the phone to connect to 5G until we get the final product. However, the performance seems fine, and you can switch apps smoothly, without lag. The Wing’s battery has a capacity of 4,000mAh, which can give you around 10 hours, on normal usage. LG Wing: Price and Availability “LG has not given any indication as to when the phone will be out or how much it will cost, although rumors are pointing to the $1,000 range, depending on the carrier. Speaking of carriers, Verizon is said to take the lead, before the phone lands on T-Mobile and AT&T. LG has been actively innovating exciting tech gadgets, and we can’t wait to see what the final LG Wing will look like. With no price or release date yet, stay tuned to get updates in the coming weeks.