Update: September 4, 2020 (5:10 AM ET): New information about the LG Wing’s name has been revealed. Check out the name and release date section below for more details.
Original article: July 6, 2020 (4 PM ET): Pretty much every flagship smartphone released over the past few years could be described very succinctly as a “glass sandwich.” Sure, there are some cool design trends happening and each OEM brings its own flavor to its lines, but they are all very similar. That is decidedly not the case with the LG Wing.
The LG Wing is the codename for an upcoming smartphone that will have a rotating display. This rotation will allow the user to optionally use a landscape-oriented smartphone display with a smaller display underneath. It sounds kooky, but it’s a real consumer product.
We expect the LG Wing to launch at some point very soon. Here’s everything we know so far about the device! Be sure to bookmark this page so you can stay up-to-date on the latest info.
LG Wing: Name and release date
LG has reportedly confirmed that the device will be called the LG Wing. In a report on September 4 by the Korea Herald, LG had at least two names in mind: Wing and Swing. It chose the former thanks to the name’s widespread use among consumers, the report adds. While Swing probably would’ve been more accurate considering the phone’s design, Wing is arguably that little bit cooler.
In weeks prior, the LG Wing name was only used as a codename. It’s rare that smartphone firms use codenames as official names, but it seems that LG will buck the trend.
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With the name seemingly confirmed, when can we expect to see LG unveil this device? We initially heard rumors saying to expect it in October 2020. However, LG has since confirmed that a swiveling smartphone (thought to be the Wing) will be launched on September 14 in Korea at 11:00 PM local time.
Furthermore, LG says this is the first in a series of phones in its “Explorer Project” to showcase innovative mobile designs. So it sounds like the firm has similarly crazy designs in mind for the future.
Yes, it has a rotating display
If you’re having trouble imagining what a modern smartphone with a rotating display would look like, the leaked video above might help you out. That’s a real LG Wing in its “opened” state. In its closed state, it would likely look like a typical smartphone, albeit much thicker.
When you want to “open” the LG Wing, you would rotate the top-most display in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. This would expose the smaller display underneath.
We’ve actually seen this kind of thing in plenty of other phones over the years. Check out three very old designs below to get an idea of what might be inspiring the LG Wing’s design:
According to ET News, the secondary display that lives underneath the main display of the LG Wing could have a 1:1 aspect ratio. The main display might be 6.8 inches, which would obviously make the phone pretty big. It also would likely be pretty heavy due to the multiple displays and hinge mechanism.
LG Wing: Specs and features
According to ET News, the LG Wing could be equipped with the same processor found in the LG Velvet, which is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765. This would make the Wing a 5G-ready phone but would prevent it from having the speed of a flagship running the high-end Snapdragon 865. It’s also possible it could come with the Snapdragon 765G, a gaming-centric version of the SD765.
Other than that info, though, we don’t know much else about the LG Wing’s specs. It’s difficult to even make many assumptions about it because it appears to be so unique. For example, how big of a battery could LG fit in a phone with this kind of design? We assume the hinge mechanism would take up some considerable space, so what would LG need to sacrifice to fit it in?
The LG Wing might have a Snapdragon 765G, making it 5G-capable.
The video in the previous section makes the leading feature of this device pretty clear, though. In the video, the user has a maps apps navigating on the large main screen and then takes a phone call using the smaller 1:1 display. It’s very likely that LG has many use cases similar to this at the ready for the LG Wing. For example, maybe you could have a YouTube video playing on the main display while you compose a tweet on the secondary screen.
In another exclusive video obtained by Android Authority (embedded above), the LG Wing’s gaming chops are on full display. The clip, which is seemingly captured by the same user as the first exclusive video, gives us a good idea of how developers could implement the second display.
Since the features of the LG Wing will probably be incredibly unique, it’s hard to speculate much on specs for now. Rest assured, though, that we should find out more on this front very soon.
Price and availability
Unfortunately, there’s not much to go on yet for the availability of the LG Wing. The firm revealed a September 14 launch date, so it’s entirely possible it will land in stores in time for the holiday shopping season, as that’s the primary reason so many phones and tech products launch in September/October.
As far as pricing goes, this product is so unlike other smartphones on the market that it’s impossible to even guess. However, we did hear from two sources that suggest two very different prices for the phone. A report from a South Korean publication suggests the phone could cost ~1.9 million Korean won (~$,1600) in LG’s home market. That seems like a lot, but another source speaking with XDA-Developers suggests the US price could be closer to $1,000. That’s a big gap!
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