Hands On With the LG Wing: The Most Useful Dual-Screen Phone? | PCMag

by birtanpublished on October 3, 2020

Hi i'm sasha segan from pcmag.com here with the amazing swiveling lg wing the lg wing is the wildest concept in smartphones i've seen this year and this has been a year of a lot of wild smartphone concepts as you can see it starts out looking like a regular phone and then you swivel up the screen and you have a main screen and a secondary screen that can operate independently or ideally together it's really cool it really helps you do two things at once with your phone and i'm going to give you a closer look

At right now so the key thing that initially makes the wing different from other folding phones is how much it just feels like a regular smartphone in your hand when it's in its regular smartphone mode i'm holding it right now and yeah it feels like a big phone but it doesn't feel much wider or thicker than say my oneplus 8 pro here this is my daily driver oneplus 8 pro it's a very good phone um and you can see that the wing is

Slightly taller and it's slightly thicker but not so much as to be crazy like the samsung galaxy z fold 2. um the wing is 9 ounces and it feels solid and heavy it's noticeably heavier than most other smartphones you look on the back here and there's a 64 megapixel main camera and two wide angle cameras why do you need two wide angle cameras i'll get to that in a moment now you can use the wing as a regular phone any way you want it's a perfectly

Normal uh qualcomm snapdragon 765 powered uh android 10 smartphone nice big screen here of course you can use the 64 megapixel camera um with digital zoom uh the way you would uh any other flagship smartphone but of course what you want to see is this now i've swiveled the wing into its swivel mode and you see here that the main screen now shows a carousel of apps that lg thinks are ideal for use in dual screen mode

And then the bottom screen is a 3.9 inch square screen and these can run two apps independently or in some cases in a few cases together now like the other folding phones i've got app pairs that i could launch and that'll launch uh two apps at the same time so for instance right here it launched youtube and it launched uh the web browser um or there are occasional apps that use both screens at once and now the camera is the key one here

If i load the camera in uh swivel mode i have a virtual gimbal now and this has some really cool effects where i can digitally pan across the wide field of view in that wide-angle camera or i can lock the view so that when i move the phone the view doesn't change or i can change the axis here so that for instance it really feels like it's smoothly moving on a gimbal and this is really cool um this can make your videos feel really more professional if you don't

Own a physical gimbal now it'll also do this dual recording trick where it's recording with both cameras at once and this is something that a lot of youtubers really liked about certain earlier lg phones and certain earlier samsung phones and it went away and now it's back here and it can record from both cameras either as uh either as uh one video file or two video files now there's there's third-party apps i know

Especially for the iphone which do that but it's nice to see this in the default camera okay so what else can you do with both screens together there's some things i can't show you because uh this is a demo phone very early software um it only connects to my wi-fi i don't have wi-fi down here in the backyard so i can't show you stuff that directly has to do with the internet um but let's take a look for instance here at the gallery so i have a video here that i took and now we see here that i'm playing the

Video in the gallery and there's some video controls on the bottom screen as well as the ability to turn it into a gif for instance or edit and so that gives me more screen space for my gallery or for instance asphalt 9 which is a driving game you can show the main screen of driving on the top and then there's like a little mini map on the bottom one thing that i've really enjoyed doing with the dual screens because you know i'm a journalist is having a web page or something up

Here and then taking notes on it down here in lg's quick note using a little keyboard on the bottom screen and now often yeah i'm just typing nonsense here my amazon prompt um often when you're doing something on the big screen here and you need to type something then the bottom screen will become a keyboard see and that just happened right here i went to uh the address bar in the web browser and

The bottom screen became a keyboard and now i anticipate that lg is going to have more coordinated experiences um but even this way like i found when i was trying out this phone that i would watch some video on amazon prime video while at the same time be you know surfing twitter down here on the bottom screen where i found i would be watching video on amazon prime video while at the same time be surfing twitter here on the bottom screen or taking notes or looking at a web page

As opposed to samsung's folding phone which opens up into one big screen the fact that you have two distinct screens here really does make a difference it really does make multitasking feel easier and clearer as to what you're supposed to be doing to multitask now this is a pre-production korean model phone i did not put this through a full battery of tests um there are some things that don't work about it quite yet the firmware is very early this is coming to the us to all three

Major carriers um later this year you can see for instance that uh this phone has some verizon bloatware on it um but as i said it's uh pre-production so it's not fully activating on any of the carriers um still though very exciting phone i'm really looking forward to seeing uh how this does when it's fully finished and what kind of use cases it creates with the two screens that are so clearly physically separated

And yet unlike with the microsoft surface duo i can grip them very easily in one hand one problem i have with the microsoft surface duo which is right here is that when i'm holding it in both hands um the ergonomics of reaching across the screens gets a little difficult it's it's still quite wide whereas with the lg wing i'm holding it in one hand i can really reach across the whole bottom screen with my holding hand and then i can

Easily use the top screen with the other hand the ergonomics are interesting um i think there's a lot of potential here so that's an early first look at the lg wing there's a little ways to go before this is a final phone for the us market but we will have a full review when it's a final model

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