They may have been best known for their TVs, but things could be changing.
For years now, South Korean tech brand LG has been trying to break into the elite group of smartphone tech giants but to no avail. While its devices are popular, it’s never been able to amass the same hype as the likes of Apple and Samsung, for example. But this time, it’s different. LG is changing up its game, paving with the upcoming LG Wing smartphone.
[All images courtesy of LG]
At first glance, it looks just like any other smartphone. One of the first things you’ll notice is the large 6.8-inch FHD OLED display with an in-screen fingerprint reader as well as curved edges. If that already doesn’t remind you of another smartphone, turn it over to the rear to spot the triple-camera setup, which also bears an eerie resemblance to a fellow Korean tech giant.
Aside from how it looks, LG has also kept this device to look very much like a carbon copy of today’s smartphones… or so we thought. With a simple push to the side, the LG Wing opens itself up in a swivel motion to reveal a T-shape form factor. Its 6.8-inch display is rotated on its side and underneath it is a smaller 3.9-inch secondary FHD OLED display. Given its shape and functionality, you’d imagine that the LG Wing was the descendant of the Nintendo 3Ds and the T-Mobile Sidekick from the early 2000s.
Of course, it’s worth noting that the main display must be turned clockwise for it to swivel. This turns the display into landscape mode, giving you a different view and experience when it comes to using a smartphone. This also gives the secondary display a different job to do, depending on the app you’re currently using.
But what makes the LG Wing superior is its durable hinge that comes with a double-locking mechanism and a soft close hydraulic dampener. This is what allows it to open and close so smoothly, giving it an even more appealing aesthetic. When in swivel mode, the landscape display showcases a carousel of apps that supports the device, one of which is the camera.
And given how smartphones are deemed by how great its cameras are, the LG Wing doesn’t hold back in that department. There is a 64MP wide-angle, a 12MP ultra-wide, and an additional 13MP ultra-wide for gimbal mode. In Swivel mode, the secondary display will act as a digital camera gimbal while the main display acts as the viewfinder. This definitely gives a whole new experience to smartphone photography. Aside from its triple-camera system, it also has a pop-up 32MP selfie camera instead of its traditional location on the display screen.
With its ability to have two screens at once, the multitasking possibilities on the LG Wing are almost endless. It also helps to know that it has a Snapdragon 765G processor along with 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage. There is also an external microSD slot that can hold up to 1TB.
The LG Wing is yet to arrive in Thailand. It will be priced at approximately THB 29,250.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur.