On Monday, in a virtual event, the company unveiled its all-new LG Wing 5G with a super weird form factor. The 5G phone has two screens, one of which swivels on top of the other to form a T-shape design. This phone was the first in LG’s new Explorer Project, the company’s new project that aims to bring into the world more experimental and quirky form factors. With foldable screens and dual-displays making a comeback into the spotlight, like the Microsoft Surface Duo, LG tried its own luck with this totally new form factor. Undoubtedly created to grab attention to the Explorer Project.
Design and Display:
Unlike with the Galaxy Z Fold 2, to unfold the LG Wing 5G, you have to instead slide the main screen around so that it sits horizontally, in a landscape position. This 6.8-inch main screen hides a smaller 3.9-inch screen behind it which is revealed when flipped. This authentic dual-screen setup was designed for improving multitasking abilities. You can use it to run any app, all while a movie streams on the top screen.
Developers can even make use of this feature to make specially tuned apps for the phone. For example, If you open the Gallery App, the image itself pulls up on the top, while the editing options show up at the bottom. The phone is 10.92mm thick, which is relatively thin when compared to other foldable phones like the Galaxy Z Fold 2 which was 13.7mm thick when folded. And while you would expect the mechanism to crumble, the phone looks extremely sturdy from all the videos I have seen. LG estimates that the phone is durable enough to survive 200,000 rotations over the course of five years. What is unusual about the design is that the phone lacks a headphone jack, a feature LG has always sported on its flagship phones. The phone comes with a single front camera and a triple camera setup on its back.
Specifications Of the LG Wing 5G:
The LG Wing sports one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G chipsets and is backed by 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The Wing also supports microSD card expansion of up to 2 TB of memory. It’s 5G enabled as the name suggests. It sports a 6.8-inch OLED main screen which runs at a resolution of 2,460×1,080 pixels and a 3.9-inch OLED smaller screen which runs at 1,240×1,080 pixels. It has a 4000-mAh battery and will run on Android 10.
The front camera is a 32MP pop-up camera. Around back, you will find the main feature of the triple camera setup, the 64MP camera. This is supported by a 13MP ultra-wide camera, and not just one. The last camera as well is a 12MP ultra-wide camera. This strange, secondary ultra-wide is an excellent display of the two-screen form factor. Once you fire up the camera app, the Wing becomes a camera/gimbal combo. This comes with an on-screen joystick for planning shots and tilting them. Mad range of flexibility with this device.
While the Wing is one of the most unconventional approaches we have seen to modular screen technology, it may actually be a solid device. It offers a normal smartphone experience, and also massive multitasking flexibility when you require it. One thing to consider may be the pricing of the phone. For a phone of this nature, the price would probably sit somewhere around $1000, though the price has not been confirmed yet. The only concern we should have with this phone is the overall app support for the smaller screen. And how integrated the swivel would be with our daily multitasking.
LG has to ensure that the software is seamless and perfect. But, these questions can only be answered once the phone fully releases so all we can do is wait. But this definitely has me excited for the Explorer Project! I’ll be on the lookout for that and I suggest all of you do the same. Either way, we will be here to update you if something new and quirky does come up!