LG has been wrestling with the idea of folding phones in its own way: by releasing standard flagship phones, such as the LG Velvet, but with a case containing a second screen allowing for that more expansive experience.
It now appears that the company is exploring even more radical ways of extending screen space, with the rumoured LG Wing embodying a rotating screen solution. No folding panel here, just a typical screen experience that then rotates into a landscape position to reveal a smaller, squarer screen beneath.
Yes, you read that right. We said it was radical. Perhaps too radical? But different is exciting. So here’s what we know about the codenamed LG Wing, plus a good dollop of expectations based on rumours.
Release date and price
- 2020 reveal expected, date TBC
- 2020 release possible
- Price & regions TBC
Rumour has it the LG Wing will be revealed later in 2020. We first thought “surely just as a prototype?” but then a leaked video from Korea has shown the dual-screen phone in action already.
Whether that means an imminent launch is still for debate, with suggestion that the original 2021 arrival date might have been too late down the line. Still, even if the Wing arrives in 2020 we suspect it will most likely be for limited regions, as we can’t see this being a global launch (Samsung released a flip phone in China in 2019, for example, which you won’t find almost anywhere else).
Price wise it’s anyone’s guess. With flip phones and folding phones costing a small fortune – the Motorola Razr and Samsung Galaxy Fold being two such examples – we wouldn’t expect a peanuts price by any means. There’s a titter of it “costing more than $1000” floating around the rumour mill, though, but with no credible source at this time.
Design & Displays
- 6.8-inch main display (OLED, 1080 x 2460 resolution)
- Hidden 1:1 aspect second display
From what we can gather, the LG Wing is a lot like the LG Velvet. A 6.8-inch main display in rumoured, which is the same size as LG’s current flagship. We could therefore assume the Wing will have an OLED panel with a 1080 x 2460 resolution.
It’s the second display, revealed by rotating the main display through 90 degrees, that less is known about. It’s appears to be a 1:1 aspect ratio, or close to this, i.e. it’s square, and presumably will be of a similar quality to the main panel.
Why would you want such a second screen? Maybe it would be useful to show a preview of the selfie camera when you’re mid-game. Maybe it would be useful to display certain tools when in an editing app that’s full screen.
However, as LG uses Google’s Android operating system, we wouldn’t expect many apps to be able to use this space by default, as it would take specific development work. Therefore, realistically, it will be LG’s own apps based on its own software skin that will be optimised for its use.
Hardware & Spec
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 765
- 8GB RAM, 128GB storage
- 5G connectivity
A rumour from ET News suggests Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765 processor would be behind the scenes – meaning, as is typical with LG flagships of recent years, that the most powerful processor wouldn’t be on board.
This is further backed up by a MySmartPrice benchmark leak, which also reveals 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.
While that’s not top-end spec, it’s still fine, on account of heat production, battery savings, cost savings, and the simple fact that the SD765 is more than powerful enough for most people’s everyday tasks (and beyond, really). That said, with two screens to run, is this going to be enough?
The other aspect of the SD765 is that it opens the door to 5G connectivity, so the Wing will bring next-gen 5G speeds too.
Otherwise little else is known about the rumoured spec. Where will the battery (or batteries) be positioned and to what capacity? Will the fingerprint scanner only be on the square screen or the main screen too? Will the rotation mechanism be automated or manual? What kind of weight will this add?
So many questions… We’ll bring more robust answers as and when additional information is unearthed. This whacky yet wonderful looking phone could turn out to be a bit of a 2020 highlight.
LG Wing (LM-F100N) rumours: What’s happened so far?
26 August: LG Wing rotating dual screen phone is real, here’s the video
A leaked video from Korea shows the Wing in action, setup as an in-car system for GPS, music and calls.
25 August: LG Wing dual-screen phone benchmarks leak out: Is a launch imminent?
Benchmarks reveal expected specification, which is similar to the LG Velvet in some respects.
12 May: LG Wing leak suggests a swivel phone with hidden screen
The first leak of LG’s swivel/rotating/folding/whatever-it-is phone.