First there was the LG G8X and LG V60 – LG’s first generation of the dual-screen phone, using a clip-on accessory with that second screen. Then came the newly designed LG Velvet with the same type of second display. LG has now launched the LG Wing – a brand new form factor for the dual-screen smartphone.
It’s certainly one of a kind, with an impressively strange, swivelling second display that makes the unfolded LG Wing look like the purple Tertis block. It is the first product resulting from LG’s new “Explorer Project” branding, which the company claims is exploring ways to “breathe new life into what makes a smartphone.”
The centrepiece of the LG Wing is the inclusion of the two OLED panels, of course. The main display is a normal, standard smartphone display coming in at 6.8-inches, which means that this device is a big unit. It doesn’t have a notch and has small bezels – LG have opted to go with a pop-up selfie camera (probably one too many mechanical parts, as durability will definitely be a concern here).
The second display, which is housed underneath the main panel and swivels out to the side is a 3.9-inch panel. It’s squarer – as the dimensions dictate – adding some additional screen real estate that LG wants to utilize in new and interesting ways.
As often does with interesting new form factors, the success of the concept will come down to whether or not the software takes full advantage of the second display, and LG have some big ambitions for it. As you would imagine, your primary task will still be done on the main, larger display, while your swivel screen will serve as a supplemental window for another app or extended functionality.
Some of the functionality of the second display LG shared in the demo includes:
Using it for camera controls while using the camera application, meaning there is no clutter in the view finder
Having media and volume controls on it while watching a video on the main display
Viewing your messaging thread on it while using the main display in landscape mode as a big keyboard
Combining any two apps you would want to use side by side (although, this is dependent on the second app being compatible with the smaller display)
Otherwise the hardware is comparatively ordinary – the LG Wing has a Snapdragon 765G processor with Qualcomm’s integrated X52 modem for 5G support, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, a 4,000mAh battery, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and support for wireless charging. As is the case with all other dual-screen and foldable smartphones at the moment, the LG Wing does not include a waterproof rating.
At the back you’ll find a triple camera setup. The main sensor is a 64MP camera, which sits alongside a 13MP “regular” ultrawide, and a 12MP “gimbal mode” ultrawide that’s dedicated to the landscape mode. It is one of the most interesting aspects of the device – the form factor enables the inclusion of a “gimbal mode” that allows for the secondary display to be used as a grip, complete with joystick controls for adjusting the camera.
We don’t have any indication from LG of what the LG Wing is going to cost or when it is expected to be launched and widely available for purchase.