Swiveling LG Wing 5G takes dual-screen phones in a new direction

Mashable 14 Sep 2020 02:05
Simply swivel that main display to reveal ... a second display.
Simply swivel that main display to reveal ... a second display.

LG finally took the wraps off its new smartphone and it's certainly ... different. 

The LG Wing 5G comes with two displays: a main display on top that swivels to reveal a second screen underneath.

If you're wondering why LG decided to suddenly experiment, it's all part of the company's new Explorer Project, which it announced earlier this month. 

This isn't the first phone LG got experimental with this year. This summer, the company launched the minimalist LG Velvet. Still, it's safe to say the LG Wing's "T-shaped" dual screens push the boundaries further in both design and features. 

While pricing and availability will vary depending on the carrier, LG says you can expect the phone to set you back around $1,000. However, you won't be able to purchase it unlocked — the LG Wing 5G will first be available from Verizon with T-Mobile and AT&T to follow.

So, what exactly can you expect from the LG Wing 5G? Let's get into all that it has to offer.

However, neither of those devices are as compact for multitasking, given that you have to unfold both in order to access all of that screen real estate. Meanwhile, the LG Wing's T-shaped build still looks comfortable to hold one-handed even when operating two apps at once. 

Rather than a hole-punch front-facing camera on the main display, LG opted for a 32-megapixel pop-up front camera — a design choice that was clearly inevitable given the swiveling display. Otherwise, you'd probably be stuck taking selfies in Basic Mode or you'd have to awkwardly look to the side of the screen in Swivel Mode. 

When you're taking photos while using both displays, one screen can be designated as the shutter button and carousel (for all the different photo and video modes) while the other can act as the viewfinder. It also offers a Dual Video recording feature with the option to capture footage in 4K. When shooting video, you can switch between the back and front-facing camera throughout.

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