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LG Wing smartphone has a swivel screen

After months of leaks and rumors, LG has finally unveiled the Wing, a smartphone with a swivelling display that reveals another display you can use to multitask. This is part of the company’s new Explorer Project lineup, which is supposed to redefine usability and “breathe new life into what makes a smartphone.”

The main and secondary screens are both OLED, and measure 6.8-inch and 3.9-inch diagonally. Twisting the larger screen reveals the smaller one which can be used in three different orientations. You can still use the phone just like any other when the swivel mechanism is closed, but LG believes you’ll come to appreciate the added screen real estate without the drawbacks of a larger footprint and heft that comes with devices like Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold.

Once developers take advantage of this it won’t be just about having two apps in foreground at the same time. For instance, the pre-installed Gallery app pushes UI elements such as thumbnails and editing controls onto the smaller screen so that the image can take up the entire surface of the larger screen. Similarly, streaming apps could implement playback controls for the second screen.

The internals are standard for a premium phone, with the customary Snapdragon 765G mobile platform paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage expandable via a microSD slot. The Wing comes equipped with a 5G modem supporting both sub-6Ghz and mmWave networks, which is a definite plus. The battery has a 4,000 mAh capacity, which should cover the added energy expense from the secondary display.

LG says it tests its devices to withstand at least 200,000 swivels, and they come with IP54 water and dust resistance. But more impressively, the device weighs 260 grams and is just under 11 mm thin, which should make it more pocketable than other dual-screened devices out there.

Just like Vivo, LG is opting for a pop-up selfie camera with a 16-megapixel sensor, while the rear camera module consists of a 64-megapixel main shooter, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide, and a 13-megapixel wide sensor. And thanks to the weird form factor, you can use the Swivel Mode to take advantage of a “Gimbal Motion Camera” feature, complete with the same joystick and controls found on a real gimbal displayed on the second screen.

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