24 September 2020
UPDATE (September 22nd, 2020):
After a week of the launch, we have some information about the LG Wing pricing. The Korea Herald, an online publication, has reported that the LG Wing will cost KRW 1,098,900 Won (about $940) in South Korea. It will become available for purchase starting next month.
Original (September 15th, 2020):
Even though we keep smartphones getting more powerful and feature-rich, product design is something that has become repetitive and boring in recent times. Candybar has become a standard design template for making phones barring a few ones that arrive once in a while. LG is the newest OEM to try offering something that is not only different in terms of design but is also functional at the same time. We are talking about the new smartphone from the South Korean tech giant i.e. LG Wing.
The LG Wing is essentially a dual-display smartphone but with a swiveling mechanism that makes it unique. It is similar to the classic LG VX9400 feature phone released years ago, also known for making an appearance in Iron Man (2008). The Wing sports a 6.8-inch Full HD+ (2460 x 1080 pixels) P-OLED FullVision primary display with a 20.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone looks like a normal candybar-styled phone in default form i.e. Basic Mode but this main display can be swiveled at 90-degrees to expose a secondary display.
This second display is a 3.9-inch G-OLED panel with 1240 x 1080 pixels resolution and a 1.15:1 aspect ratio. This second mode of operation is officially known as the Swivel Mode and the phone shape looks like "T". This is what makes the Wing different from the competition and also opens the doors to numerous multi-tasking opportunities and user functionalities like never before.
This special mode can be used for standard affairs of using two different applications at the same time. For example, watching YouTube on the upper display and taking notes or chatting with someone on the secondary display. It can also be used for a single app but to perform different actions like reading YouTube comments or browsing other recommended videos to decide what to watch next. It can also be useful for navigation apps while driving as the main display will show the navigation stuff in detail while the secondary display can be used for controlling music, accepting/rejecting incoming calls, etc.
Under the hood, the LG Wing features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor with support for 5G connectivity. It is available with a single 8GB RAM option but 128GB and 256GB onboard storage variants. There is microSD card support for up to 2TB on both these models. The whole package is powered by a 4,000mAh battery and it will run Android 10 out of the box.
In the camera department, there is a triple rear camera setup featuring a 64-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor with f/1.9 aperture, and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle Big Pixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The front camera is a single 32-megapixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture and pop-up mechanism. There is a special Dual Recording mode that will let users record from both rear and front cameras at the same time. It seems to be specifically aimed at vloggers and YouTubers.
LG is further touting a new camera feature called Gimbal Motion Camera which is claimed to be a smartphone first. It is a mode where the primary display act as the viewfinder in swivel mode and the secondary display portion is like the Gimbal grip. The second display further shows various controls for enhancing the video recording experience.
Other noteworthy features of the phone include an in-display fingerprint scanner, IP54 certification for dust and water resistance, LG 3D sound engine, wireless charging, MIL-STD 810G rated for durability, LG Pay, and Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging.
As for the LG Wing pricing, it has not been revealed yet and is expected to be announced around the time it will go on sale. It will debut on Verizon in the United States followed by AT&T and T-Mobile. It should be noted that LG will launch the phone first in its home market South Korea after which it will expand to North America and Europe. There are no words on the official launch date for now.