LG has finally officially announced the LG Wing smartphone. This is a smartphone like no other we have ever seen as the phone has an extendable display which can be swiveled by 90 degrees. This phone is one of the first offerings from the Explorer Project initiative of the company. This two-screen phone is tipped to be the first of many such innovative devices launched by the company.
What Is The ‘Swivel Design’ Phone?
LG has introduced the LG Wing smartphone featuring Swivel Design to redefine the process of multitasking in a smartphone. The phone appears just like any ordinary phone at first with a boxy tall screen. But the magic happens when you ‘Swivel’ it.
Swivel literally means you can slide/ swipe the screen. You can slide the front screen by 90 degrees to find another display placed below the main display to obtain a T-Shaped display in front. This allows the users to be on Landscape as well as Portrait Mode at the same time.
But before we get to how you can use the device lets talk about the mechanics behind it.
The phone makes use of a hinge having a hydraulic damper along with dual spring and dual lock which helps the primary screen to ‘Swivel’. In order to not cause any wear and tear by repeated sliding of the screens, LG has used thermoplastic polyoxyethylene material behind the main screen. It is said to reduce friction and provide high stiffness.
In order to assure the users of any durability concerns, LG has also said they have tested the phone to withstand about 200,000 swivels. This means even at 200 Swivels a day you are sure to not face any durability issues with the phone for about 1000 days/ almost 3 years.
How Will The ‘T-Shape Design’ Help?
The basic concept of multitasking is to allow users to perform multiple tasks at the same time. So far in traditional smartphones, we do that by running two tasks and perform them one after another or quickly switch between them to do it. But with the introduction of Foldable phones like Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 or Motorola Razr 5G we could make use of the huge screen to help achieve it while as in the case of Microsoft Surface Duo there are two screens adjacently placed allowing users to do separate tasks on separate screens.
The LG Wing kind of integrates the two concepts and gives a phone with two screens that can be individually used as well as together to use a smartphone in a completely different form factor than ever used before. Users can use the phone normally in the portrait mode or use it in Swivel Mode where the primary display is in Landscape mode while the secondary display is in Portrait Mode.
Now if you want to know how it will help you and how can it be used efficiently, think of troubles you often face while using your phones like replying to a message while watching Netflix/ YouTube or Changing music while playing a game.
Optimizations From LG For LG Wing
LG has already partnered with several apps and also provided several features and optimizations to assist the users in enhancing productivity on the phone. Being a new concept, there are very limited third-party apps that have made alterations in their UI so far in order to assist the users.
LG has partnered with YouTube and Tubi to allow video playback on the main screen with an option to check or post a comment and even perform a new search on the secondary screen. Qualcomm’s browser Naver Whale browser is the pre-installed browser on the device as it has been optimized based on the form factor of the phone. There are also tie-ups in place with content sharing platforms such as Rave and Ficto to make use of the two screens effectively. The popular racing game Asphalt Legends has also been modified for the phone to allow users to view the map at the same time playing on the main screen simultaneously.
LG themselves have also worked on providing a better experience of using the phone overall with optimizations. Users can use the secondary screen simultaneously for running different apps than the ones running on the primary display.
There is a Multi App feature introduced by the company which allows users to select a pair of apps and create a shortcut for them which makes them both run on the two screens. Users can also set which app to be launched on which screen as a default.
There is also a Grip Lock mode from LG which allows users to make the secondary screen just a screen saver or to only display content like time and notifications. This is ideal for users who want to only use the primary display while doing certain tasks. It is especially useful while playing games and you do not need any kind of disturbances on your main screen.
LG Wing Specifications And Features
The LG Wing has two displays with the primary display featuring a 6.8-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,460 pixels) P-OLED FullVision panel. It has an aspect ratio of 20.5:9 aspect ratio and a pixel density of 395 PPI. The secondary display has a 3.9-inch full-HD+ (1,080×1,240 pixels) G-OLED panel with an aspect ratio of 1.15:1 aspect ratio and a 419 PPI of pixel density.
The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 765G SoC coupled with 8 GB of RAM and onboard storage of up to 256 GB which can be expanded to up to 2 TB using a MicroSD card. The phone runs on Android 10 with LG’s Q OS on top of it.
In terms of camera, the phone features a Triple camera setup on the back. The primary camera is a 64-Megapixel sensor having an aperture of f/1.8 along with a 13-Megapixel Ultrawide camera with an aperture of f/1.9. And finally, a 12-Megapixel Tertiary sensor having an aperture of f/2.2.
The setup also features a Hexa-motion stabilizer. It also has the Gimbal Motion Camera feature designed specifically for this phone allowing users to control the camera angle by making use of a virtual joystick that appears on the second screen. Using this feature users can also reduce shakes and blurring effects. There is also a follow mode given by LG to optimize videos while moving and to obtain a real gimbal-like experience. These features are specially added keeping bloggers in mind.
The device has a pop-up front camera. The selfie shooter is a 32-Megapixel sensor having an aperture of f/1.9.
The phone has an In-Display fingerprint scanner. Connectivity options on the device include 5G, 4G LTE-A, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.1, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C port. The phone also is IP54 rated for water- and dust-resistant chassis. LG has also provided a 3D sound engine in the device.
The dual display device houses a 4,000mAh battery with support for LG’s Quick Charge 4.0+ technology which provides 25W Fast Charging. It also supports 10W Wireless Charging. In terms of dimensions, the phone measures 169.5×74.5×10.9mm and despite the two screens weighs 260 grams.
LG Wing Availability
LG hasn’t revealed much about its availability yet. There is also no information so far on the pricing of the two-screen phone. The phone will come in two color options- Aurora Gray and Illusion Sky.
The phone is expected to be launched in South Korea, the home country of the brand, in October. Post that the phone is likely to hit the markets of North America and Europe.
Indians are likely gonna have to wait a lot longer (if it is even launched in India) to get their hands on the phone as it is unlikely the phone will be arriving in the country this year.
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