LG Wing hands-on foldable 5G Mobile Phone
We’ve seen a lot of phones with really weird screens.
Recently, we’ve seen foldable devices that get bigger or smaller. We’ve seen straight up dual-screen devices like the Microsoft Surface duo.
But it’s been a while since we’ve seen swiveling phones.
This is the LG wing. And it’s part of the LGs explorer project, which explores different form factors in devices to try to find the new form factor for the future.
From the front or even the back, the LG wing looks like a pretty standard Android 5G smartphone, it’s got a big 6.8 inch OLED display, it’s got three cameras on the back of the phone, it’s just a little bit thicker than your standard smartphone.
But that’s because it physically swivels the front display to reveal a second square-shaped display underneath. you might be saying that’s weird.
What’s the point of a second square-shaped display underneath the main display. And I was skeptical when I first saw that advice.
But LG is coming up with a lot of pretty unique use cases for this thing. Pretty much the first thing that I thought of when I saw the LG wing is that it would be great for Uber drivers or delivery drivers. Because you can have Google Maps or the Uber app open on one display and have Spotify or the phone open on another display.
LG Wing phone works well when mounted to a dashboard. And that’s gonna be useful for a lot of people. Because a lot of delivery drivers I’ve seen have two phones, one for navigation and one for something like music.
So that can be handy. And to get the apps on both of these displays. LG Wing has included a feature called app pairs. It’s similar to what Microsoft did with the surface duo repress one button and one app launches on one display.
Well, one app launches on the other display on the LG Wing Mobile Phone. You could launch an app like YouTube on top while you have chrome on the bottom. Or you could live-tweet something from the bottom.
You have a live stream going up on the top, there’s a lot of different use cases that you could have with this thing. But LG doesn’t want it to be all about using two apps at the same time, there’s a lot of use cases where you can use both displays at once in a really weird form factor.
So for example, if you have YouTube open on the big display, while swiveled out, you can have playback controls on the bottom smaller display, you don’t have to interact with the main display. Now, this is kind of a fringe use case, but it doesn’t work pretty well.
And it’s nice to see that LG went the extra mile to implement these kinds of features.
And the other thing that I kind of immediately think about when I see this swivel display is emulators if you were to emulate like a PlayStation two-game or a GameCube game, those games are formatted for widescreen displays are ready.
You could have a controller on the bottom display that you could play with your thumbs while the main display is being used for the actual content that’s cool.
And LG also thought about how they could use the swivel display to make the camera experience even better. And I’ll just always kind of been an innovator in the camera space not necessarily in the quality, but in the features that they deliver on their phone.
LG Wing Camera
Now a cool new feature that’s taking advantage of the swivel display is the new gimbal mode that LG has implemented here. You’re probably used to seeing a standard camera, a wide-angle camera, and a telephoto camera on the back of a phone if there are three cameras but LG did a standard camera and two wide-angle cameras.
Now the reasoning for this is because they wanted you to be able to run around with their phone on swiveled and use it as a gimbal. So one of those cameras is rotated 90 degrees to already be in landscape orientation.
Basically what LG is doing with this gimbal mode is they’re dropping in on the sensor and then letting you pan around using the joystick.
All these different modes try to stabilize in the horizontal plane try to stabilize in the vertical plane. And there’s a mode that just kind of lets you follow people around and it’ll kind of float around as a normal gimbal would.
Now, this is pretty cool because you’re holding the phone very similar to how you’d be holding a regular gimbal if a regular camera was on it, or if you were using something like a DJI Osmo Mobile for something like that it feels a lot like you’re using a normal gimbal and you can also record yourself at the same time.
But of course, when you have a weird swivel display like that you can’t exactly fit a camera module in that top display. LG Wing put a pop-up selfie camera in the back part of the phone, which we haven’t seen in a while. But if you ignore the swivel interface, you don’t want to use it all the time. That’s fine. LG wing does kind of feel like a normal smartphone. Yeah, it’s a little bit thicker. I mean, it’s about the same z height as the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra if you count the camera bump, but LG Wing not that much thicker than a regular smartphone.
And it’s got some pretty respectable specs too. It’s running the Snapdragon 765 g eight gigabytes of RAM, and up to 256 gigabytes of storage with micro SD card expansion.
Also, there’s a 4000 milliamp-hour battery, which should help this phone last a little bit longer than some other LG devices. And there’s no headphone jack, which is kind of strange.
But LG did want to note that that’s a one-off thing that’s not going to be the case for all the other LG phones that come out in the future.
It just happened to work that way with the LG wing. LG didn’t include full pricing or availability for the wing yet, but it did say that it would come in around $1,000 which is still pretty expensive for a Snapdragon 765 g device.
But if you think about it, the weird devices that have foldable displays or dual displays are pretty much at least 40 hundred dollars at this point.
So if you want to get a phone that can be a normal phone when you want it to be but can have two displays when you also want it to be. This could be an interesting option.
But let me know you guys think about the LG wing in the comment section down below.
Do you think having two displays especially a small square display is worth it?
I think that LG is going to find more use cases for this style of device and it’s kind of fun to use within the few hours that I’ve been using it. So let me know what you think.