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LG Wing 5G Review

LG Wing 5G Review

Undoubtedly, the LG Wing looks pretty awesome. Still, it’s expensive ($999), the costs similar to the price of a brand-new iPhone 12 Pro or Galaxy S20, and even more than several incredible phones. That’s loads of money to offer for a cool screen strategy, which majorly is the most significant factor that differentiates the Wing from less costly phones with similar specs, such as the Pixel 4A and Pixel 5, Motorola One 5G, and LG’s Velvet from 2020.

LG Wing 5G Design

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At first look, the LG Wing 5G looks like any other phone with its edge-to-edge display, side buttons, perfectly rectangular design, in-screen fingerprint display, USB-C port, etc. It’s a thick phone, in fact, thicker than the LG Velvet when compared.

When switched to swivel mode, the 6.8-inch OLED main screen swivels out sideways and up to horizontal orientation at the top of the phone, revealing the small 3.9-inch OLED mini display that’s below. As the 3.9 inches of the mini-screen seems small based on the current standards, it’s a bit smaller in area than the 4-inch display in the iPhone 5 or iPhone SE. It’d be used for texting and light browsing.

A pair of volume buttons are placed on the right side, and a lock button is below it. They aren’t too difficult to distinguish when the phone is closed, but immediately the screen is swiveled open, the three buttons are located behind the display, and unnatural to press. Besides, it’s possible to forget which button is which. 

The SIM and microSD slots are placed on the left side. The USB-C port is built on the bottom, while the single speaker is at the right; placed on top are a microphone and a pop-up front-facing camera. The LG Wing 5G’s selfie shooter retracts faster immediately the accelerometer detects that the phone has been dropped. The LG Wing 5G doesn’t possess an IP dust- and water-resistance rating. And it is deficient in a 3.5mm headphone jack.

LG Wing 5G Display 

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The buildup of the LG Wing’s dual-OLED display is unusual, but the screens’ quality is high. The phone’s 6.8-inch panel is filled with a resolution just north of full HD and attains 643 nits during the full-screen brightness test, even with the adaptive brightness on. It’s more than the iPhone 12’s 569 nits and entirely bright to provide an enjoyable outdoor viewing on either display. Also, the phone simultaneously raises the brightness of both screens when the slider is adjusted. 

The Wing’s primary display covers about 105% of the DCI-P3 color space in its Natural color mode, and it translates it into colors that pop but don’t scorch your eyes with over-saturation. Some color profiles are available for those in need of intense hues.

For the Wing’s other screen, another OLED panel takes on a more square-like aspect ratio but an identical complete resolution in the neighborhood of full HD. Like the main screen, it runs with a 60Hz refresh rate, becoming somewhat outdated for its price. For instance, the Galaxy S20 phones’ costs range from $699 to $1,399, and they provide 120Hz refresh rates.

LG Wing 5G Performance 

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The Wing possesses 5G abilities. And it has both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G support, and it runs with the Snapdragon 765G and not the 2020 flagship Snapdragon 865 or the 865.

The primary issue is that the phone has to power two displays. Those displays could be running two completely different apps that need some significant processing power. If you are operating in “A + a” mode (i.e., you are running an app on the main display and a little related app on the secondary one), you’re still running two apps. Since the LG Wing is a new concept, there aren’t many apps that generally use the dual-display format. 

Indeed, the Snapdragon 765G works sufficiently well. There isn’t any app crashing or running slowly. Future software updates and modification of the dual-display experience could remove more power from Qualcomm’s upper-mid-range chipset. According to LG’s mixed history with Android updates, though, it isn’t a good idea to depend on those fixes and tweaks coming faster.

LG Wing 5G Battery Life

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The battery capacity of the LG Wing isn’t big, but it isn’t small, either. You get an average battery life experience with the Wing. Typically, your battery life is dependent on how you use the Swivel Mode. If the phone is in Basic Mode, the secondary panel below the main display is dark. Likewise, if you use Basic Mode, the battery will only be powering the main display, which will cause the right amount of battery life.

However, if you frequently use the Swivel Mode, the battery will need to power the main display and the secondary display. Since the secondary panel is the similar quality and about half the main panel’s size, the battery life could undergo some suffering.

The Wing will charge at the rate of 25W with the in-box charger and the USB-C-to-USB-C cable. It can charge wirelessly at a high rate of 12W. With the wired charger, it can take about 75 minutes to charge it from zero to full. It doesn’t have reverse wireless charging.

LG Wing 5G Camera 

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Nevertheless, the LG Wing’s unusual form factor opens an excellent use case as a pseudo gimbal. LG intelligently leaned right into this and developed a complete gimbal mode for the camera when working in Swivel Mode.

The Wing has a great setup at the back with a primary lens and two ultra-wide-angle lenses. Because one of the ultra-wide lenses works in Basic Mode and the other works in Swivel Mode, it’s how the Basic Mode ultra-wide fares compare to the standard shooter and 2x optical zoom.

The gray weather and the bleak imagery don’t help reveal this camera’s beauty, but the differences between how every image looks are quite impressive. The difference between the lighting of the ultra-wide shot and the zoom shot is similar to day and night.

The LG Wing camera’s two aspects are astonishing regarding photography are with Night View and the selfie camera. Also, the selfie camera is terrific. The Portrait Mode looks entirely artificial, but the typical selfie results are exceptional. 

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If the phone is in Swivel Mode, the regular camera app disappears, and only a new video-only app opens. At the bottom display, a gimbal controller interface appears. With one hand, you can grip the bottom display and use your thumb to imitate gimbal controls as you record landscape-oriented video using the main display as the viewfinder.

For videographers, this will be massive. Recording a video in landscape mode with one hand is not a good idea regardless of how available the stabilization is; the footage will still look shaky. But, if your hand gripped at the middle of the phone’s mass and the LG Wing’s stabilization features, you can get fantastic results.

Aside from the smooth gimbal-like footage, the Swivel Mode camera app has few other exciting tricks. You can record video with the pop-up selfie camera and the rear camera at the same time. Also, you can decide to save each file separately for editing. You can even save a file with the rear footage as the main video, while the selfie camera footage will be kept inside a box in the lower right corner.

The LG Wing is a reality of a videographer’s dream. The camera isn’t quite the best, but the dual-screen format is a complete turnaround regarding recording video with a smartphone. To get pleasant smooth video footage, you don’t have to carry around a weighty gimbal; you have to flip into Swivel Mode and start shooting.

LG Wing 5G Specs

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DisplayMain: 6.8-inch OLED; 2,460 x 1,080 resolution; 20.5:9 screen ratio; 60Hz refresh rate
Secondary: 3.9-inch OLED; 1,240 x 1,080 resolution; 1.15:1 screen ratio; 60Hz refresh rate
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
GPUQualcomm Adreno 620
RAM8GB
Storage128/256GB; Expandable with microSD card (up to 2TB)
Battery4,000mAh battery; Quick Charge 4+; Wireless charging
CamerasPrimary: 64MP sensor, ƒ/1.8 aperture, 0.8μm pixels OIS, 78-degree FoV
Secondary: 13MP ultra-wide sensor, ƒ/1.9 aperture, 1.0μm pixels, 117-degree FoV
Tertiary: 12MP ultra-wide sensor, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 1.4μm pixels, 120-degree FoV, Gimbal Motion Camera
Front (pop-up)32MP sensor, ƒ/1.9 aperture, 0.8μm pixels
Video4K at 60fps, 1080p at 60fps
Connectivity5G (both mmWave and Sub-6), Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC
DurabilityIP54 certified
Operating SystemAndroid 10
AudioLG 3D Sound Engine, No 3.5mm port
Dimensions and weight169.5 x 74.5 x 10.9mm, 260g
ColoursAurora Gray, Illusion Sky

Conclusion 

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The LG Wing may not be the most elegant or the most powerful phone globally, but undoubtedly, it’s one of a kind. The Wing allows you to use the phone in ways you wouldn’t have imagined you’ll use your phone. And it’s a common trend amidst distinctive handsets, such as the Microsoft Surface Duo. Its issue is that it makes specific offerings concerning image quality, performance, and extended battery capacity on a charge in its dual-screen aspirations. Without a doubt, LG has taken significant risks with the Wing, but the issue is that those risks didn’t turn out well.

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