LG Wing 5G

LG Wing

The LG Wing is a smartphone that goes beyond the normal standard or concept of a phone, it brings something new to the table. LG haven’t been making many headlines with the smartphone business but perhaps with this one they just might start to rattle a few feathers in innovation. Below are it’s internals:

Dimensions 169.5 x 74.5 x 10.9 mm (6.67 x 2.93 x 0.43 in)
Weight 260 g (9.17 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
Display Rotating P-OLED, Secondary display: G-OLED, 1080 x 1240 pixels, 3.9 inches
Screen Size 6.8 inches, 109.8 cm2 (~87.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2460 pixels (~395 ppi density)
Glass Type Corning Gorilla Glass 5
OS Android 10
Chipset Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G (7nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1×2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver)
GPU Adreno 620
Card Slot Yes (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal Storage 128GB/256GB
Memory/RAM 8GB
Main Camera 64 MP, f/1.8, 25mm (wide), 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS
13 MP, f/1.9, 117˚, (ultrawide), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm
12 MP, f/2.2, 120˚, (ultrawide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm
Video 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, gyro-EIS
Selfie Camera Motorized pop-up 32 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm
Video 1080@30fps
Sound Loudspeaker
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE, aptX
USB USB Type-C 3.1, USB On-The-Go
Sensors Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Battery 4000mAh, non removable
Charging Fast charging
Wireless charging
Quick Charge 4.0+
Colors Aurora Gray, Illusion Sky

When it comes to design and innovation, the phone itself reminds me of the ASUS ZenBook Duo UX481 laptop because of it’s duo display. The swivel mechanism is the LG Wing’s standout feature that describes it and separates it from the lot of other smartphones. To better understand the swivel mechanism, here’s the link to the video that explains this physics. Now obviously one would question it’s durability, well LG claims that it has validated the mechanism for 200000 cycles of use, this should be more than enough insurance.

On top of this, the LG Wing has IP54 plash proof rating, this is still far from the IP68 rating but it’s a good addition. The other matter of concern one would imagine having with the Wing is the wobbling when the Wing is closed e.g. Using it in landscape mode while playing games or typing. Fortunately, however, despite the Wing’s fantastic range of movement, the swivel mechanism isn’t wobbly. Once closed, the display is snug tight.

Front of the device is a beautiful notch less, and without a punch-hole, 6.8 inch P-OLED display with very minimal forehead and chin. The glass appears to be a little curved on the edges with a resolution of 1080 x 2460 and when swiveled there’s a 3.9 inch G-OLED display with visibly thick boarders and has a resolution of 1080 x 1240. The rear of the device features a similar array of cameras as we’ve seen on most devices of 2020 thus far, a rectangular camera bump with three cameras and an LED flash.

At the bottom rear is the LG logo. Wondering where the selfie camera is? It’s a pop-up camera which is situated at the top of the device. Furthermore, LG went for the under-display fingerprint scanner as opposed to the mechanical rear mounted reader. Inside the LG Wing is the SD765G chipset which has a 5G modem built-in, this is more cost-space and much more energy efficient than the external modems that the flagship SD865 chips use. Storage-wise, there are only two storage options 128GB and 256GB, this is couple with 8GB RAM.

The Wing has 3 Shooters and a gimbo. There’a 64MP OIS Wide 2 (F1.8 / 78°/ 0.8µm), a 13MP Ultra Wide (F1.9 / 117° / 1.0µm), and a 12MP Ultra Wide Big Pixel (F2.2 / 120° / 1.4µm) and for the pop-up selfie camera is a 32MP Wide (F1.9 / 79.6° / 0.8µm). There is no telephoto lense or periscope lense but instead the phone uses a what LG calls Gimbo Motion Camera. This has six-axis stabilization system and an incredibly wide 120-degree FOV.

Powering the Wing is a decent 4000mAhbattery. The design of the Wing requires extra care from the owner/user. There are issues to keep in mind when it comes to it’s durability, like accidentally getting any grainy/abrasive substance between the two sliding parts. This would be extremely irritating to the user experience as well as damage the bottom screen. There aren’t phones in the LG Wings category, so it is quite hard to compare it with any. On that comes close is the Galaxy Fold 2, which is way too expensive as compared to the Wing.

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