While the smartphone market has been obsessed with these new foldable-type phones over the past year or so, LG had something else up its sleeve — the LG Wing. A phone that, like many foldables, has dual screens. However, they are asymmetrical and the device itself opens up via a swivel mechanism.What does the LG Wing do with its dual screens? How does it perform as an actual everyday phone? Well, we have a unit right here, and here are some impressions!
Held in normal, folded mode, the LG Wing feels like a pretty regular smartphone. It’s a bit thick and weighty, but the screen size and ratio feels pretty comfortable. The unit we have is in the Illusion Sky color option. It looks pretty — it’s a light purple color with subtle chameleon tones, which shift as light hits the phone from different angles. The back glass has a matte finish, which still collects and displays quite a bit of fingerprint grease.
There’s just a mono speaker on the bottom, which sounds OK-ish. The screen has no hole for a selfie camera, since the front-facing shooter is a mechanical pop-up camera. Yeah, everything about this phone flips, pops up, and is generally designed to wow a techie.
LG Wing displays
OK, let’s get down to it. What’s with the screens?
The LG Wing has a 6.8-inch POLED main screen with curved edges and a 1080 x 2460 pixel resolution (20.5: ratio). It’s your main screen — fairly big, but the narrow ratio still makes it easy to use. Swivel that out and it turns to landscape mode, revealing a 3.9-inch secondary, almost-square screen below it. Like magic!
What do you use the LG Wing’s secondary screen for?
It’s a two-screen phone made with multitasking in mind. The 3.9-inch screen is mostly meant for you to run “backup” apps on — you know, the kind of app that doesn’t always need to be stretched across a huge 6.8-inch display. Like Spotify or your recent texts, or the settings app when you want to make a quick adjustment, or your calendar. You can even have your notifications show up on the tiny screen, so your media experience doesn’t get disrupted. You can make shortcuts to your favorite app pairs, so they open up on their respective screens with a single tap.
Additionally, some apps can use both screens to enhance your experience. For example, if you are playing a YouTube clip, the secondary display will hold your media controls. So, you can fast-forward or change brightness without touching the main screen and disrupting the video in any other way.
The same goes for gaming — you can have the Game Launcher and its optimization settings shown on the tiny screen, ahile you game on the big one. LG has partnered up with the developers of Asphalt 9 to show how the secondary screen can be used to expand gaming — you can race your car on the main screen, while the minimap and other UI elements can be away on the secondary screen, just to leave more real estate on the big display.
In all honesty, it kind of felt weird to play this way, as the phone’s weight and ergonomics get really unbalanced — you need to control the game by holding the super-thin swivel-out screen, while the phone’s body weighs you down and doesn’t let your fingers rest comfortably.
This would work fantastic for action games that need virtual joysticks — if the developers let you place said joysticks on the small screen. Then, you’d have a good grip on the phone and full view of the big display.
LG Wing camera: the gimbal phone!
We are not done with the use cases of the LG Wing’s crazy swivel design! The triple camera on the back has a special super-wide-angle lens with a 12 MP sensor. When you access the Camera app in unfolded mode, this is the only camera available to you (the sensor is rotated 90 degrees, so you still shoot in landscape).
It’s a gimbal-like experience with some really extreme stabilization chops. The bottom screen becomes a controller for the camera. You have a virtual joystick, which allows you to rotate the camera around, a lock mode, which will keep the camera view locked even if you rock and shake the phone, and three shooting modes for different types of stabilization.
It’s pretty fun to play with, but it does require a well-lit environment for good imagery. Otherwise, it’s pretty easy to get luminance noise in your video.
As for the LG Wing’s “regular” cameras — we have a 64 MP main sensor and a 13 MP ultra-wide shooter. The camera’s Portrait Mode also allows you to crop in at 2x zoom, so it basically uses the high res sensor to emulate a telephoto lens (like the Galaxy S20 and Note 20 do).
Then, there’s a selfie camera. It pops out on a mechanical module, which we’ve seen before, but it just never gets old. It has a 32 MP sensor, which should take some pretty good selfies. Additionally, the LG Wing has a dual camera mode, which lets you record video with the front-facing and rear-facing camera at the same time — something for content creators who might want to record something and get their reaction to it at the same time. Or recording a fun skit in conversational style. Or… whatever the imagination comes up with.
Granted, we’ve seen “bothies” before — using two cameras hasn’t exactly picked up. But it doesn’t hurt to have it on board, too.
LG Wing processor, hardware
It’s a cool-looking phone for sure, but it’s internals aren’t really top-tier. The LG Wing is powered by the midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. Though, to be completely fair, it’s not a bad processor in any way — it may not be crushing benchmark charts, but it can definitely run anything and everything from the Play Store.
It also comes with 8 GB of RAM, which is still plenty enough, and 256 GB of storage (128 GB in international markets).
So, some corners may have been cut to make the phone more accessible, but it still is pretty competent. We refrain from full judgment as the software is still not a final version, but we’ll just say that our first impressions are positive.
LG Wing price, release, expectations
Unfortunately, LG has not yet shared details about release plans for the LG Wing. Neither do we know an exact price. Word on the street says it’ll be in the ballpark of $1,000. Sounds like a fair price, considering the crazy concept and the super-stable camera, right?