LG finally took the wraps off its new smartphone and it’s certainly … different.
The LG Wing 5G comes with two displays: the main display on the top that swivels to reveal a second screen underneath.
If you’re wondering why LG decided to suddenly experiment, it’s all part of the company’s new Explorer Project, which it announced earlier this month.
This isn’t the first phone LG got experimental with this year. This summer, the company launched the minimalist LG Velvet. Still, it’s safe to say the LG Wing’s “T-shaped” dual screens push the boundaries further in both design and features.
While pricing and availability will vary depending on the carrier, LG says you can expect the phone to set you back around $1,000. However, you won’t be able to purchase it unlocked — the LG Wing 5G will first be available from Verizon with T-Mobile and AT&T to follow.
So, what exactly can you expect from the LG Wing 5G? Let’s get into all that it has to offer.
Blast from the past, sort of
If the look of the LG Wing makes you feel a bit nostalgic at a glance, that’s likely because you’re having flashbacks to the LG VX9400. And in case you’re wondering, yes, LG did use this as inspiration for its latest device. But this time, you’re not swiveling the phone to access the keypad.
The LG Wing’s main screen is a 6.8-inch FHD+ P-OLED edge-to-edge display (2,460 x 1,080 resolution) with a 20.5:9 aspect ratio. You can use the top display as you would any other standard touchscreen smartphone, which LG refers to as “Basic Mode.”
When you swivel it open, the front display rotates 90-degrees clockwise to reveal the second 3.9-inch OLED display (1,240 x 1,080 resolution) underneath. That way, you can run two apps on your phone simultaneously.
Referred to as “Swivel Mode,” you can have Google Calendar running on the top display while also watching Netflix or scrolling through social media on the bottom. Or, if you’re out and about, you can have Google Maps running on one display and take a phone call on the other.
Or, you can also expand one app across both displays. For example, if you’re editing a photo or video, you can have the gallery up on the top (larger) display while you edit the content on the second screen.
This push for multitasking has been a common trend for a while, but especially among recently launched devices.
The Microsoft Surface Duo, another dual-display device, features two 5.6-inch screens connected by a 360-degree metal hinge that can run up to two apps side-by-side. There’s also the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 — a foldable that opens up into a 7.6-inch main screen that allows you to run three apps at once on a tablet-like display.
However, neither the Surface Duo nor the Z Fold 2 is as compact, given that you have to fully unfold both in order to access all of that screen real estate — which also means holding it with both hands. Meanwhile, the LG Wing’s T-shaped build allows you to access two screens in a way that still looks comfortable to operate with one hand.
For those of you worried about the durability of the device, the back of the main screen on the LG Wing has a protective plastic coating that helps make swiveling feel smoother and prevents scratching the second display. As for the hinge, LG says the phone has “proven to be reliable even after 200,000 swivels” if you’re opening it about 100 times a day for five years. But the overall durability remains to be seen in person.
Triple camera setup complete with a Gimbal Mode
As for camera sensors, the LG Wing 5G features three rear camera sensors along with a pop-up selfie camera (similar to what you’d find on the OnePlus 7 Pro) for a total of four cameras on the device.
On the back of the device, you’ll find:
- A 64-megapixel main lens with f/1.8 aperture
- A 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with f/1.9 aperture and a 117-degree field of view
- A 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and 120-degree field of view
Rather than a hole-punch front-facing camera on the main display, LG opted for a 32-megapixel pop-up front camera — a design choice that was clearly inevitable given the swiveling display. Otherwise, you’d probably be stuck taking selfies in Basic Mode or you’d have to awkwardly look to the side of the screen in Swivel Mode.
When you’re taking photos while using both displays, one screen can be designated as the shutter button and carousel (for all the different photo and video modes) while the other can act as the viewfinder. It also offers a Dual Video recording feature with the option to capture footage in 4K. When shooting video, you can switch between the back and front-facing cameras throughout.
Any aspiring videographers out there might be intrigued by the LG Wing’s gimbal mode. The second screen on the phone acts as a grip and control panel so you can pan, tilt, and follow while holding the phone with one hand. It also features LG’s Hexa Motion Stabilizer, a joystick panel to control the camera angles, and a lock mode to minimize shakiness and blur.
As for under the hood…
In terms of chipset, the LG Wing packs a Qualcomm 765G with 5G connectivity. Depending on the carrier, it’ll be available in two different variations: one with strictly sub-6 5G and one with both sub-6 and mmWave 5G (for faster speeds).
Meanwhile, when it comes to battery life, the LG Wing packs a 4,000mAh battery and is compatible with wireless charging.
The LG Wing also only comes in one storage configuration with 8GB of memory and 256GB of internal storage. However, there is a microSD card slot so you can expand storage up to 2TB.
As for the operating system, it will run Android 10 out of the box. LG has yet to confirm a specific timeline on when we can expect the LG Wing to receive an update for Android 11.
An exciting form factor that’s different from the rest
LG isn’t new to the concept of dual-screen phones given its existing LG THINQ lineup. But rather than clipping your phone into a case to add a secondary display, the LG Wing is smaller and more compact.
And, even though it pulls design inspiration from a phone that launched in 2007, the updated form factor looks promising. It’s also a nice break from the array of foldable displays we’ve seen throughout the year — like the Motorola Razr, along with Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip and Z Fold 2.
But we’ll have to physically put it through its paces to see how the LG Wing performs.