As it turns out, the rumoured LG Wing is real. Images of the device were first leaked a week ago, but LG has now unveiled the phone, which has two screens; one of which swivels on top of the other.
By turning the front 90 degrees, you can use both screens. The LG Wing will be the first phone in LG's Explorer Project; the aim of which is to bring more experimental and innovative designs to market.
LG Wing swivel smartphone
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The LG Wing might appear to be a regular mobile phone at first glance, with a large 6.8-inch OLED display and narrow bezels. However, the unique screen can twist 90 degrees to reveal a second screen.
The LG Wing will be powered by Snapdragon 765G 5G chipset, along with 8GB RAM. The 4 000 mAh battery will support wireless charging too. The phone also features a triple camera setup on the rear of the device.
The camera system is reportedly similar in design to Oppo Reno 4 and will support a 64MP lens, a 13MP wide-angle lens, and a 12MP Gimbal Mode Ultra-Wide lens.
Watch: LG Wing premiere
LetsGoDigital also uncovered application from LG Electronics for a Gimbal Motion Camera which was filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on 9 September 2020. The EUIPO Utility Patent can be viewed here.
Cnet reports that the LG Wing's swivelling mechanism "looks sturdy", but adds that the users may not be all that eager to own a "swivel" phone. Lynn La explains:
"Not only is it thicker than regular phones, but there's definitely a learning curve when it comes to navigating the interface, which may be too much of a deterrent for those who just want to check their emails, browse the web and make calls".
LG Gimbal Motion Camera
The patent was submitted from Spain and is categorised as Class 9 with "no timeline available". However, the patent description is as follows:
"Smartphones; Tablet computers; Data processing apparatus; Apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; Cameras for smartphones; Smartphone camera lenses; Video cameras; Stands adapted for mobile phones; Sensors; Software.
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LG's patent follows hot on the heels of the Vivo X50 Pro, the world's first gimbal-equipped smartphone. Gimbal stabilisation works "significantly better than existing OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) systems".
Weirdest phone of 2020
It's an interesting take on an innovative phone design, at the very least, but is the world ready for a swivel phone? It is, without a doubt, the "weirdest phone of 2020. Marques Brownlee said:
"LG Wing. Phones are weird again. But also half of these use cases are awesome and half are really weird. Why do I need a second screen to tell me what phone call I'm on?"
Personally, I can see many uses for the LG Wing. One could potentially watch YouTube videos or Netflix on the man screen while browsing the net or doing some other tasks on the bottom screen.
I echo Daizoren, who said: "The new LG Wing looks absolutely fantastic[..] LG may have found the next evolution of the smartphone. Every aspect of the Wing has some great thought behind it".
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