LG has been an innovative smartphone maker, and we have seen some regular smartphones recently. The LG G5 was a notable attempt to use a modular smartphone, while the latest LG G8X ThinQ and LG Velvet models were dual-screen foldable models. LG Pavilion is another deal breaker with an entirely different and futuristic form factor. The main screen rotates to landscape mode, revealing a smaller secondary screen underneath. LG’s stand is shaped like a “T” when opened, and this raises some questions: Would this form factor be useful for multitasking, or is it just a great party trick? Here is my review of LG Wing.
LG Wing Design
LG Wing has a unique design and nothing like it in the Indian smartphone market. This is a great achievement, especially considering that smartphones are really hard to tell apart these days. LG’s wing is long and narrow, with super-thin bezels around the main screen, making it look like it’s bursting at the seams. The phone is noticeably thicker than usual at 10.9mm, due to the space between the two halves so that the rotating screen can move freely. LG placed a 3.9-inch secondary screen below the main screen, and it only turns on when I open the main screen. The phone filters the scale at 260g which can definitely be felt when you hold it. If you like sleek and lightweight smartphones, this phone is not for you.
The LG Wing has a fingerprint scanner built into the main display that is well placed and easily accessible when the top half is in its default position. All the buttons on the LG Wing are on the right side and are not completely within reach; I had to reach a bit to reach the volume buttons. The buttons are also somewhat difficult to access when the main screen is in “T Mode”, as LG invokes open mode.
Only the left side contains the SIM tray. The LG Wing’s body is made of metal and feels premium. While we would expect a punch-hole front camera on a premium smartphone these days, that wouldn’t really be possible on the LG Wing due to its rotatable screen. As a result, LG has opted for the pop-up camera module on top of the frame.
On the back, the LG Wing has a triple camera setup. The camera unit stands out quite a bit, but not as much as the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. LG is presenting the suite in a single color called Illusion Sky. You will get a 4000mAh battery and 16.2W charger, like the one that comes with the LG Velvet which I reviewed recently. Like most other premium smartphones from LG, this phone is also rated MIL-STD-810G for durability, and according to the company, it should be able to withstand some drops, as well as changes in humidity and temperature. It is IP54 rated for dust and water resistance, so it can deal with stains, but it would be better to keep it out of the water.
LG Wing specifications and software
You get a large 6.8-inch 20.5: 9 OLED screen with a Full-HD + resolution on top and a smaller 3.9-inch screen underneath. The LG Pavilion is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor ready for 5G networks, with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. You have the option to expand storage by up to 2 TB thanks to the dual-SIM hybrid slot, but you’ll have to choose between a second SIM and more storage. In terms of connectivity, the LG Wing offers Bluetooth 5.1 and dual-band WiFi. There’s a 4,000mAh battery and Quick Charge 4.0+ support, but you’ll need to purchase a compatible charger separately if you want to use it at full capacity, as the supplied 16.2W unit isn’t particularly fast.
In terms of software, you get Android 10 with LG’s customizations up front. My unit was running the December Android security patch, which is the latest. I found the user interface to be identical to the LG Velvet and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding what you need. Swipe-based gesture navigation is enabled by default, but you can switch to the navigation buttons. You have many options for adjusting the screen, including preset color modes. LG pre-installs some apps and games on LG Wing, including Facebook, Instagram, Asphalt 9, Whale Browser, Sniper Fury, Dungeon Hunter 5, Modern Combat 5, and a few more apps from Google.
Due to the suite’s rotating screen, you can set shortcuts to simultaneously run two different apps for multitasking. Even if you haven’t set up specific groups of apps, there are certain functions that the secondary display serves. For example, if you have YouTube playing on the main screen, the smaller secondary screen offers you multimedia controls that make it easier to control video playback. When you click on a text field in any application, the secondary screen automatically switches to your keyboard. This makes writing a breeze and you can even write with one hand.
I couldn’t find a way to run a single app on both screens like I could on the LG G8X ThinQ (review) and the LG Velvet (review), but that’s not a problem, especially given their different sizes and directions. I found it helpful to take notes on the second screen while watching a video on the home screen, for example. It was also helpful to have Google Maps on the home screen and Spotify on the other screen. LG lets you choose which apps you want to allow to run on the secondary screen in Settings, so you’ll need to enable that for a specific app before you can use it. If you don’t want to run a second app on the smaller screen, you can use it as a home screen trackpad. While playing the game, the game tools are available on the secondary screen, which makes it easy to change game settings.