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The LG Wing Wants to Prove that Swiveling Phones are Still Cool

A better solution compared to foldable displays?

Admit it: smartphone designs are starting to become stale as the majority of brands are sticking to the tried-and-tested candy bar form factor. While there is still room for improvement—like the development of an under-display camera for a true bezel-less, notch-free experience, we are reaching a point of “perfecting” the candy bar form factor.

Up until last year, brands like Samsung, Huawei, and Motorola are exploring the possibilities of foldable displays—a tech that is still in its infancy as there are still issues that need to be addressed. While other brands are racing to perfect the foldable phone (the Galaxy Z Fold2 and Galaxy Z Flip are quite close to getting it right), LG decided to go a different approach: instead of foldable displays, why not develop a mechanism that lets you use the phone in BOTH landscape and portrait mode? Enter the LG Wing.

What makes this phone unique? Here’s a rundown:

That dual-screen, swivel form factor. While it looks like your typical candy bar smartphone with its notch-free 6.8-inch Full HD+ POLED display (with the 32-megapixel selfie snapper being a pop-up module), a quick flip transforms the said display into landscape mode and reveal a square 3.9-inch OLED display. At Swivel mode, the Wing takes on a T-shaped form factor, making it the most unique-looking smartphone in recent memory. In fact, it is more unique than the foldable phones we have been seeing as of late.

The many ways you can utilize the swivel design. The Wing’s form factor is definitely one of a kind, and LG is generous enough to provide for different use cases, Among the many examples LG presented during the launch include watching a video in landscape mode while having a space for reading comments or browsing other videos, being able to engage in a hands-free call while the phone provides for turn-by-turn navigation, and being able to edit videos in full screen with the necessary controls on the second screen. LG claims that there are infinite ways of utilizing the dual-screen concept, and it is interesting to see what users can do with the Wing.

It is not as heavy or bulky as you think. Despite the unusual mechanism and design, LG managed to make the Wing as light and as slim as possible while not compromising on durability. Despite having two mechanical parts (the pop-up cam and the swivel mechanism), the Wing weighs in at 260 grams and is under 11mm thick. For reference, the Galaxy S20 Ultra weighs at 220 grams and is under 9mm thick.

Durability is a concern here since you have multiple moving parts. Regardless of that, LG assured that they tested the mechanism to withstand over 200,000 swivels, and the same goes for the pop-up camera. LG goes as far as claiming that the Wing has passed MIL-STD-810G standards.

It has a gimbal of sorts. Like most modern smartphones, the Wing has a triple rear camera setup that comprises of a 64-megapixel main camera, 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a special 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera that is used for the Wing’s gimbal mode. In this mode, the secondary screen shows the gimbal controls, prompting you to handle the Wing as if it was a camera on a gimbal. the 12-megapixel snapper comes with an array of sensors (LG describes it as Hexa motion sensor) that helps in delivering rock-solid footage without the bulk of an actual gimbal. We’re not sure how effective this approach is, but it is definitely going to give vivo’s X50 Pro a run for its money.

It is 5G ready. Like the Velvet, the Wing is a 5G-ready phone with its Snapdragon 765G processor that is paired with 8GB RAM, 256GB internal storage, and a 4000mAh battery with wireless charging. While it does not have an IP rating, LG said that they added a layer of water-repellant coating to all its components to help it resist splashes.

LG has yet revealed the official price of the Wing, but it will be available first in the US via Verizon, then via AT&T and T-Mobile later on. There’s no word yet if the Wing will be made available globally, but we hope LG does so—after all, it is not often that we see an unusual phone design that draws a lot of curiosity.

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