LG’s Wing might be the most wild-looking smartphone in 2020 — which is saying something, given the wide array of phones released this year. But despite that unique design, after spending some time with the actual hardware and software, I suspect that LG might actually be onto something with its approach to the Wing.
The device seen here isn’t finalized hardware or software — expect a full review from The Verge later on — and LG hasn’t given a price or release date, which are big question marks for any device. But for what is definitely a first-generation device, I’m really impressed by the level of polish that LG has achieved with the Wing.
It’s surprisingly thin for a device that has a second screen — several family members I showed it to didn’t even realize that there was anything out of the ordinary at first glance. The swiveling hinge is fantastic. It slides open with a satisfying “snick” sound and flips shut with a crisp snap, everything just spring-loaded enough to feel effortless.
There have been plenty of foldable and dual-screen devices that have tried to iterate on adding extra screen space — including devices from LG — with bulky display cases or chunky hinges. The biggest achievement of the Wing might be that, until you swivel out that top screen, it just looks and feels like a regular smartphone, albeit a large one, given that it’s a 6.8-inch 20.5:9 display.
Flip out that screen, though, and everything changes. The main display switches to a scrolling list of favorite apps that’s reminiscent of Apple’s old Cover Flow UI, while the bottom display shows a watered-down version of the classic Android home screen. Apps can be launched on both displays, and there’s even the option to preset pairings with a single shortcut (say, to launch Google Maps on one screen and your music app on the other).