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If you look at the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and think “that’s a kinda weird thing”, I’ve got a question for you: how do you then describe the LG Wing? Recently, The Verge rolled out a nice review of the most quirky handset of 2020 and we want to share it with you. 

The LG Wing is the first model from LG’s Explorer Project that’s oriented to open our eyes wider to the design of smartphones. It’s an attempt to ship out from the place modern smartphones are stuck. 

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The company’s experiment is justified with the philosophy but not the price-tag. The LG Wing costs $999 which is cheaper than the Galaxy Z Fold 2 for $1199 and the Motorola Razr 2020 for $1399. It’s still not enough to replace the iPhone 12 Pro or Galaxy S20 with the LG Wing. The flipping screen keeps the Wing above cheaper flagship phones

When the Wing is folded, you can mistakenly see it as a regular Android phone. It’s got a giant 6.8-inch OLED display, which is smaller and thicker than the Galaxy S20 Ultra. You have to adapt all your clothes to a really big handset. 

When it turns out that the phone has got another 3.9-inch OLED screen under the main display, it’s scary because you need to swipe the damn screen up to see it. At the same time, the process gives a sense of novelty and boosts curiosity. Strange.

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The mechanism works in the following way: there’s a notch at the top to help the screen move smoothly up and when the screen is in the right place it makes a satisfying “snick” sound. 

I’m happy to say that LG made a nice job of adjusting all the hardware features to a flip phone. When you hold it in your hand, it feels like there are two phones and that’s interesting. Despite the good design and nice mechanical job, there are not enough practical illustrations of where to use the swinging thing.

I don’t know whether apps will take into consideration all the new aspects of the unpredictable smartphone market, but I know that most apps are designed to stay in portrait mode because people hold their phone this way, most of the time. 

Mobile gamers will take full advantage of the rotating screen and that’s a fact. You can open a game on the LG Wing when the screen is up and use the smaller screen to open other apps. Nevertheless, you won’t use the swinging screen too often. Of course, you can open YouTube and messenger apps simultaneously, but it’s not enough to cancel out the lack of compatible apps.

Chaim Gartenberg from The Verge has made a wonderful usage tutorial of the LG Wing’s peculiarities for gamers. Rotating screens can make completing weekly challenges in Fortnite easier a million times over: you can play the game on the main screen while searching the location with objectives marked on the map in Google or YouTube.

If you’ve got a habit of watching the TV show and scrolling through your feed at the same time, you should try out how convenient it is to do these tasks on the LG Wing.

The company pushes its built-in apps to work perfectly on the LG Wing and take full profit out of the dual display. But you won’t get the same with third-party apps. The task to customize them is not as complex as it seems. As an example, you can take the dual-screen in Nintendo 3DS. The smaller screen can demonstrate a map, become storage where you see all your items, as well as a health bar location. 

Such digital giants as YouTube have got support for quirky-shaped phones. Here, the service will pop up a set of media controls on the small screen, but this function isn’t available for the vast majority of services. That means we have two conclusions: 

  1. LG has to think over their own software that will transform all apps into a compatible form.
  2. When the screen is rotated, it’s hard to change the volume because the keys are on the rotated side so you can easily misclick on the power button.
Control buttons in YouTube. Image credit: gsmarena.com

Volume and block buttons are not the only two things you have to slide over and over again. The LG Wing fingerprint is located on the bottom of the main screen so you can imagine where it appears when the screen is rotated. However, LG doesn’t demonstrate any concerns about that because when the screen is up you can enter a password that appears on the smaller screen under your thumb. 

Hardware

We finally can get a closer look at the rest of the Wing’s specs. The LG Wing has got a Snapdragon 765G chipset together with 8GB of RAM and that’s good for daily usage, but still not enough for gaming. The 4.000mAh battery is a nice capacity to enjoy a full day of heavy usage.

The LG Wing comes with 5G support for both millimeter-wave (mmWave) and sub06GHz connections. It doesn’t boast a screen refresh rate offering a 60Hz max on both displays. I still wonder how but the phone has no waterproof rating and here I have a question: what if a tiny rock appeared on the small screen? Would my main screen make a big, fat scratch when it’s closed?

Cameras

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LG has another focus up its sleeves and it comes as the quad-camera set. A 32MP pop-up camera has got some rules for usage. You should keep the camera located where it should be, even when you’re rotating the display.

Pop-up selfie camera. Image credit: gsmarena.com

On the back of the Wing, there are three cameras: a 64MP main sensor, a standard 13-megapixel ultrawide camera for use when holding the phone regularly, and a dedicated 12-megapixel ultrawide camera that features a physically rotated sensor that’s dedicated to the Wing’s “gimbal mode”.

The main camera shoots very nicely. You’ll get bright and colorful pictures with clear details. When you have no choice but to shoot in a low-light environment, you’ll notice the sacrifice of details to the brightness of the shot.

The most remarkable camera feature is the gimbal mode. This mode works in a pair with the up screen position: the display demonstrates the video output, and the smaller screen works as the grip with gimbal controls. You’ll not get hardware features of the real gimbal mount, because this mode is entirely software-based. The gimbal mode feels more like an abstract thing. 

Wrapping Up

The LG Wing seems like LG’s attempt to fit in a raw format. It’s risky to release such a brave design, which people may not even appreciate. Somebody should ruin this regular bubble in the smartphone market and perhaps LG can pop it. 

I appreciate the work LG does. The LG Wing is a novelty in the mobile world and this scares and inspires simultaneously. It engages consumer attention but when it comes to real usage, you don’t know what to do with it.

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