LG, in recent years, has been held back in terms of sales due to steep competition in the smartphone market. But it looks like 2020 is the year the company can actually flourish with the Wing 5G. The company brings a new innovative idea departing from the boring glass slab smartphone design that has barely seen any innovation lately with a new swivel mechanics. There were phones with two screens back then which swiveled, and while the concept is the same here, LG serves it in a much more palatable way and of course with powerful internals.
LG, as of late, is heavily invested in its Explorer Project that targets to bring new innovative ideas in smartphone ideas. It’s all about taking risks and offering practical innovations to consumers. And the Wing 5G is just a part of it or a beginning — something that the company is proud of after a long while.
The LG Wing has the main display with a 6.8-inch P-OLED panel that offers FHD+ resolution and 20.5:9 aspect ratio. It’s complemented with a slight curve and a 32MP selfie camera that pops up. The secondary screen sits there measuring 3.9-inch in size with G-OLED panel and FHD+ resolution. With such a quirky design, adding IP rating is always a difficult task but LG has said the screens have a water repellent coating.
While we do have foldable phones launching in mass, the LG Wing is a breath of a fresh air. The main display is just like what you would usually get from a normal smartphone, but as soon as you pop the main screen horizontally you dive into its unique use case. LG is quite confident that the Wing will serve people who prefer watching videos on the go quite well.
And it is true, as the secondary display will be useful when you receive notifications while watching videos — this leaves you with more screen real estate. On top of that, as soon as you finish recording the video you can edit them directly on the secondary display or use it as a GPS navigation device while taking calls on the smaller screen.
Of course, with every moving part, the question of durability does come into mind, and LG has said that the phone has a dual lock mechanism and hydraulic damper which absorbs shock. The company also states that the Wing should last 200,000 swivels.
Meanwhile, it comes with a 64MP main camera at the back alongside a 12MP ultrawide shooter solely for swivel mode and adds another 13MP ultrawide. It also offers gimbal mode with a virtual joystick on the secondary screen.
Inside, we get the Snapdragon 765G chipset coupled up with 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of onboard storage. Powering this phone is a 4,000mAh battery with wireless charging support.
The pricing of the LG Wing is yet to be known but it is said to arrive in the US on Verizon first, while other carriers in line in the next few months. LG has also said nothing about its availability outside of the US, but we expect to hear it soon.