LG Announces Wing 5G Smartphone

Posted on September 14, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Uncategorized with 29 Comments

LG is offering a unique take on folding and dual-screen smartphones, the Wing 5G, which features a second hidden screen.

“LG Wing 5G’s innovative design opens so many possibilities for multitasking, gaming, viewing and content creation,” LG Mobile’s Chris Yie said in a prepared statement. “This premium smartphone elevates the customer experience and brings LG’s philosophy of meaningful innovations to life.”

The Wing kind of needs to be seen to be believed, let alone understood. In its basic usage mode, the Wing looks and works like any other smartphone, with its 6.8-inch OLED FullVision display. But with a simple slide, you can rotate the primary display into a landscape orientation, revealing a second, 3.9-inch display underneath, and a creating a “T” shape via the two displays. This second display mode is called swivel mode.

“In swivel mode, certain apps can be expanded to both screens or two apps can be displayed simultaneously, one on each display,” LG notes. “Switching between swivel mode and basic mode is virtually seamless and offers the flexibility of more screen real estate when you want it.”

The Wing is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G mobile platform and the Snapdragon X52 5G Modem-RF system. And it has three rear cameras: A 64 MP main lens, a 12 MP ultra-wide lenses with big pixels, and a 13 MP ultra-wide lens.

You can learn more about the LG Wing 5G from the LG website.

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Comments (29)

29 responses to “LG Announces Wing 5G Smartphone”

  1. garethb

    LG: Look what we can do!

    Everyone else: Why?

  2. timwakeling

    I was ready to mock, until it occurred to me how great it would be to watch something like a video or TV programme on the top part nice and big while texting or surfing on the bottom part at the same time. If you like to do that, and I think quite a lot of people would, then this might be an intriguing phone. It will need not to be £1,500 of course.

    • Jorge Garcia

      In reply to timwakeling:

      It's funny because I see the average person that would go gaga for this design being exactly the type of person who could not afford it any time soon (myself included). It's surely going to be a loooong time, but when this "feature" only adds $100 to the phone's normal MSRP, and not a penny more, I'm sold :)

  3. crunchyfrog

    It's like the wild west for phones again these days. Remember when we had curved phones and 3D screens and cameras?

  4. red.radar

    This has got to be a very niche use case. Multi-screen viewing in a compact mobile form-factor.

    I would think a tablet with windows would be a better multi-tasking experience vs this.

    Looks like an awesome fidget toy though. I could see my self flipping the screen out and in all day long ... but I got to believe it would be awkward to hold in the hand. once you say you got to lay it down on a table I think the usefulness is gone..

  5. Jorge Garcia

    Unbox Therapy did a pretty thorough video review. I hope it's ok for me to mention that here...

  6. hellcatm

    I spent like 5 minutes looking at that picture thinking of uses for a phone like this. For sending texts it could be cool, you can have your keyboard on the bottom portrait part of the keyboard and have what you're typing above that, when you're ready to send the text its sent to the top screen. For gaming you can have the controls on the bottom. Watching youtube the controls and such can be on the bottom screen. Is it something people really want or need? I'm not sure, its more gimmicky than anything. Also it seems like it would be easily broken.

    Its good to see LG coming up with something unique. I just can't wait for the phones with rollout screens like the one TCL mocked up. Until something like that comes out it'll be at least 5 years I think.

  7. proftheory

    I remember seeing a phone like that displayed at some trade show. Including the T shape. But I don't remember who it was if it wasn't LG.

    • wright_is

      In reply to proftheory:

      Motorola had similar phones and Nokia hat a T-phone, back-in-the-day. Palm Roteo as well. Although they all rotated the screen to release the underlying keyboard, not a second screen.

  8. StevenLayton

    LG shut up and take my money. THIS is the future of Smartphones.....just like Amazons Fire Phone.

  9. crunchyfrog

    Reminds me of something Tony Stark had in Iron Man, albeit his was quite a bit smaller.

  10. rmac

    I'd be happier sticking 2 phones together.

  11. illuminated

    It is a very simple and quirky idea but it looks cool. Maybe they looked at Duo and figured if Android can work on two screens then why not make screens of different size. It could be more useful than it looks. For messaging and games it would be much better than just a single screen. If it is not too expensive then why not.

    I am glad to see some innovation going on. It is so boring to see the same identical bricks come year after year.

  12. bschnatt

    Ok, people mock BlackBerry fans for liking our physical keyboards, but THIS should be the real target. Really, LG? You come out with this nonsense rather than a slider phone with a horizontal physical keyboard? Which one do you think people would rather use? #smh

  13. harmjr

    They are actually taking this to production?

  14. glenn8878

    Brings new meaning to a flip phone.

  15. Pierre Masse

    It could have been called "Jesus mode"

  16. Markfurry

    I could see typing on the bottom with a larger landscape app up top. But then you’re on twitter

  17. swiftress

    I'm so tempted to throw it to see if it can fly.

  18. Greg Green

    Ok, now they’re just making stuff up. Soon there’ll be an X, then Y, multiple hinges to make an M phone or a Z phone, it’s gonna get crazy.