LG has been an innovative smartphone manufacturer, and we’ve seen some out-of-the-ordinary smartphones from it recently. The LG G5 was a notable attempt at a modular smartphone, while the more recent LG G8X ThinQ and LG Velvet were foldable dual-screen models. The LG Wing is yet another one that breaks conventions with a futuristic and completely different form factor. The primary display rotates to a horizontal position, revealing a smaller secondary display below it. The LG Wing forms a “T” shape when opened, and that raises a few questions – will this form factor be useful for multitasking, or is this just a cool party trick? Here is my review of the LG Wing.
LG Wing Design
The LG Wing has a unique design and there is nothing that looks like it in the Indian smartphone market. That is a big achievement, especially considering that it’s really hard to distinguish between smartphones these days. The LG Wing is tall and narrow, with super-slim bezels all around the primary display, which makes it look like it’s bursting at the seams. The phone is noticeably thicker than usual at 10.9mm, since there is some gap between the two halves so that the rotating display can move freely. LG has placed a secondary 3.9-inch display beneath the primary one, and it’s only powered on when you rotate the primary display open. The phone tips the scales at 260g which can definitely be felt when you are holding it. If you like sleek and light smartphones, this one won’t be up your alley.
The LG Wing has an in-display fingerprint scanner on the primary display which is well-positioned and easy to reach when the upper half is in its default position. All the buttons on the LG Wing are on the right side and are not exactly within reach; I had to stretch a bit to reach the volume buttons. The buttons are also somewhat hard to reach when the primary display is in “T-mode”, as LG calls the open position.
The left side only has the SIM tray. The frame of the LG Wing is made of metal and feels premium. While we expect a hole-punch front camera on a premium smartphone these days, it wouldn’t really be feasible on the LG Wing given its rotating display. As a result, LG has opted for a pop-up camera module at the top of the frame.
At the back, the LG Wing has a triple camera setup. The camera module protrudes slightly, but not as much as the one on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. LG offers the Wing in a single colour, called Illusion Sky. You get a 4,000mAh battery and a 16.2W charger, just like the one that comes with the LG Velvet which I recently reviewed. Just like most other premium LG smartphones, this one is also MIL-STD-810G rated for durability, and as per the company, it should be able to survive a few falls as well as humidity and temperature variations. It is IP54-rated for dust and water resistance so it can handle splashes, but you would be better off keeping it away from water.
LG Wing specifications and software
You get a big 6.8-inch 20.5:9 OLED display with a full-HD+ resolution at the top, and a smaller 3.9-inch display underneath. The LG Wing is powered by the 5G-ready Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You do have the option to expand storage by upto 2TB thanks to the hybrid dual-SIM slot, but you will need to choose between a second SIM and more storage. In terms of connectivity, the LG Wing offers Bluetooth 5.1 and dual-band WiFi ac. There’s a 4000mAh battery and support for Quick Charge 4.0+ but you will need to buy a compatible charger separately if you want to use that to its full potential since the supplied 16.2W unit isn’t particularly fast.