The goal of the Explorer project is to “uncover as yet unexplored concepts of use in an effort to develop the mobile industry”, and that’s certainly what the LG Wing does. With its odd but intriguing second swivel screen, the Wing is unlike anything else in today’s smartphone market. Here are all the features you need to know.
This second hidden screen
The LG Wing is completely different from any other smartphone on the market. Users can switch from basic mode to pivot mode at any time to enjoy a unique user experience. In Pivot mode, the entire front of the phone rotates 90 degrees clockwise.
This orients the main screen in landscape mode to reveal a second 3.9-inch display which LG says unlocks new usability and new possibilities to explore. A single application can be extended to two screens or two applications can be displayed simultaneously, one on each screen.
By watching video sharing and streaming platforms in swivel mode, you can interact with the second screen while content is streaming uninterrupted on the main screen. LG claims to have collaborated with leading platform partners in this area.
During the “vieWing” (that’s how LG puts it in its press material) on YouTube, the video plays on the main screen while the second screen displays comments or the search bar. LG’s partnerships with other streaming platforms such as Rave and Ficto mean LG Wing owners watch videos in full screen while simultaneously interacting with other viewers via the second screen.
The LG Wing’s dual displays and odd form factor allow for new ways to use certain apps and features, which should make multitasking easier. Users can watch their movies on the big screen while searching for actor information or chatting about the movie with friends – at least that’s the idea.
The Multi App feature also allows you to create shortcuts for pairs of apps that you typically use together. Pivot mode can also come in handy while driving, as we saw in the leaks leading up to this official reveal, allowing drivers to follow map directions on the main screen by reserving the second screen for calls. , which on other phones would cover the card.
An immersive viewing experience without distractions
LG says that with more consumers than ever watching content on their smartphones, it is introducing various features in the Wing to enhance the mobile viewing experience. The main screen of the LG Wing is a 6.8-inch P-OLED FullVision display with a 20.5: 9 aspect ratio.
The second screen expands the viewing area of the device, but it also serves as a handle when the main screen is in landscape mode. When the handle lock is activated, the second screen displays information such as the time and date and ignores accidental touches.
In video platform applications optimized for its unique form factor, the LG Wing’s second display acts as a media controller. When enabled, a floating icon appears in the upper right corner of the second screen, giving users the ability to change video and sound settings without having to pause the video or switch to another window.
In order to eliminate any potential visual distraction that could hamper the viewer’s immersion, LG has implemented a 32-megapixel pop-up camera that emerges from the body of the device when needed.
A “gimbal” function for video recording
The LG Wing has three rear cameras: a 64-megapixel wide-angle with OIS, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle and another 13-megapixel wide-angle. You can enable dual recording in swivel mode by simultaneously using the 32-megapixel pop-up camera and one of the rear cameras of the smartphone.
The results can be saved together as a single file, or as two separate files with the aspect ratio set to either 1: 1 or 16: 9.
The second screen can also be used as a dedicated editing palette while the video or photo is displayed on the main screen. The LG Wing comes with the LG Creator’s Kit, a collection of advanced imaging solutions including timing control, Voice Bokeh and ASMR recording.
The world’s first smartphone gimbal stabilizer camera turns the LG Wing’s second screen into a grip, providing the stability needed to capture sharper images and smooth video footage in horizontal mode with one hand.
The LG Wing is packed with features that the brand says are usually only found on a real gimbal, like a joystick to control the camera angle, a lock to reduce shaking and blurring, a tracking mode for smoother videos during movement, panning for horizontal movements with minimal up and down shaking, and a first person view mode to capture rhythmic and dynamic movement.
Even with two screens, LG says its new Wing is still relatively light. LG used composite materials and a special punching technique, so its engineers were able to keep the weight at 260 grams. The goal is that when closed, the Wing feels like any other smartphone in your hands.
The engineers behind the LG Wing took into consideration the additional moving parts to utilize features aimed at improving its durability and reliability. When taking a shot, the accelerometer recognizes if the phone has been dropped and instantly retracts the pop-up camera lens to prevent damage, a feature we’ve seen a lot on pop-up cameras.
The hinge module itself is equipped with a hydraulic damper, which reduces the strain on the mechanism when the main screen is rotated. Thermoplastic polyoxymethylene is applied to the back of the main screen to facilitate swivel and prevent scratches on the second screen. LG claims that the wing’s hinge mechanism has proven its reliability even after 200,000 rotations.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G
The LG Wing is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G mobile platform with the Snapdragon X52 5G Modem-RF system. As Qualcomm’s first mobile platform to integrate an application processor and 5G Modem-RF system, this chipset is expected to deliver good AI performance, 5G connectivity and smart multi-camera capabilities while preserving the ‘battery life.
Thanks in part to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, the LG Wing is expected to deliver a solid entertainment experience with fast response times, cinema-quality graphics and high-quality textbook-worthy sound.
The battery is 4000 mAh with support for fast charging and wireless charging. We’ll see how that holds up when we power up two screens, once we’ve had a chance to spend some time with the LG Wing.
“The LG Wing is a truly innovative device, powered by the Snapdragon 765G 5G mobile platform, which perfectly embodies the vision of LG’s new Explorer project,” said Jim Tran, senior vice president and general manager of mobile phones at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Qualcomm Technologies has been actively working with LG Mobile on ways to optimize the performance of Project Explorer products that will bring new and different experiences to consumers.”
“The LG Wing ushers in a new era of mobile discovery and is an exciting start to our Explorer project,” said Morris Lee, president of LG Mobile, “unlike anything on the market today, this innovative device delivers question the status quo of the industry and offer consumers a new mobile experience that will allow them to think differently about the smartphone.
The LG Wing will be launched first in South Korea from next month and then in major markets in North America and Europe. The phone will be available in two colors, Aurora Gray and Illusion Sky. A sample is already on its way to our editorial office in Berlin, and we’ll be back very soon with a full review of this unusual but intriguing device.