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The LG Wing 5G phone has a swiveling screen, because it’s 2020, so why not? – CNET

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The LG Wing has two screens, which can work in various orientations.


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Turns out the swiveling LG Wing phone, which was leaked last week in a YouTube video, is real and as wacky as the rumors purported it to be. Unveiled at a virtual presser Monday, the 5G phone has two screens, one of which swivels on top of the other to form a T-shape design. In the US it will be available first on Verizon, then AT&T in the fall and T-Mobile.

The phone is the first of LG’s Explorer Project, a company endeavor that aims to bring more experimental designs and form factors with LG phones. More phones are sure to come, however, as LG also teased an extendable phone with a pull-out display at the end of the presentation. It’s too early to tell if the LG Wing or even this Explorer Project will be successful. After all, for all the criticism the phone industry receives for shunning innovation, people are more than happy to keep buying the same rectangular slab every two years or more, as long as there are minor improvements.

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But this year is a crazy year, so I say, why not keep being weird, LG? And LG is no stranger to trying out new things. In 2016, it released the modular LG G5, which let you swap out key hardware components, like the battery, for other accessories. Before that, in 2014 there was the G Flex, a 6-inch phone with a contoured display. Both phones weren’t exactly top sellers and LG discontinued iterating on those phones for more traditional flagship phones like the current LG G8 ThinQ. Though even the LG G8 is different in that it works with the aforementioned double-screen accessory similar to the LG Velvet.

I haven’t handled the phone in real life yet, but from what I’ve seen in demos, the phone’s swiveling mechanism looks sturdy. But while the design may be solid, I’m unsure how eager users will be to own such a phone. Not only is it thicker than regular phones, but there’s definitely a learning curve when it comes to navigating the interface, which may be too much of a deterrent for those who just want to check their emails, browse the web and make calls.

There’s also the matter of pricing. LG and its carrier partners haven’t released pricing yet, but a phone like this could easily fetch a $1,000 price tag. Though it’s not impossible to sell an expensive phone amid a pandemic when everyone is more budget-conscious, as Samsung has shown with its Galaxy Z Fold 2, it’s certainly risky to do so.

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LG Wing design and software: Spin me right round

Phones with swiveling displays aren’t new to the industry. The VX9400 from 2007, for instance, is an early example of an LG phone with a similar design. I myself owned a beloved Nokia 7370, which featured a screen that swiveled out as smoothly as a switchblade comb. But those phones tucked a physical keyboard underneath, which was necessary for the phones’ function. The LG Wing, on the other hand, sets a 6.8-inch OLED screen on top of a 3.9-inch OLED display. As any current smartphone owner knows, you don’t really need an extra small screen, but LG added some functionality with it so it has some uses.

For instance, the smaller screen works as a touchpad to navigate the bigger screen. You can also multitask and choose two apps to show up on each screen. If you’re in a car, for example, the top screen can have Maps for navigation and the bottom screen has music controls. You can have Messages open on one display while checking your availability and calendar on another. In the camera app, one screen can be the viewfinder while the other displays the camera controls (I’ll go into this more later). When the phone is expanded you’re also not limited to a single orientation either. The bigger, top screen can be positioned on the left, right or bottom too. So if you’re texting, for instance, you can swivel and hold the top screen closest to you and use it as a keyboard.

The phone is 0.43 inch (10.92mm) thick, which is slimmer (relatively) to the Galaxy Z Fold 2 when it’s folded (0.54 inch). Though that’s not completely gargantuan, it’s definitely thicker than the average phone. LG estimates that the phone is durable enough to survive 200,000 rotations over the course of five years. If you want more protection, LG is working on cases for the phone, but they’ll undoubtedly add more bulk. Lastly, the LG Wing does not have a headphone jack. This is unusual because while many high-end phones don’t have the port these days, LG has generally kept it on its phones, including its flagship handsets from this year.

LG Wing camera: Three cameras and a gimbal

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You can use both the Wing’s displays to record video and control the camera.


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New to any LG phone is the addition of a physical gimbal embedded inside one of the Wing’s three cameras. This is similar to the Vivo X50 Pro, which also has one, and it’s used to stabilize and balance video even when you’re moving around a lot. LG also added software improvements so you can pan and tilt the camera around on different axes and the footage will keep steady.

The gimbal is inside a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. The phone also has a 64-megapixel standard camera and another 13-megapixel ultra-wide camera. On the front is a 32-megapixel camera that’s embedded inside the phone and pops up from out of the top edge when in use, which is a lot like the OnePlus 7 Pro, Vivo Nex and Oppo Reno 2.

When I get my hands on the phone I’ll be able to test the camera for photo and video quality. In the meantime, videographers may be interested in the suite of tools the LG Wing has. I especially look forward to trying out the gimbal-style camera. With the LG Wing’s unique shape, gripping the phone vertically while still shooting horizontally will at least make for a more comfortable shooting experience, and it’d be interesting to control the pitch and tilt of the camera manually while recording video.

LG Wing 5G specs

Display size, resolution Main screen: 6.8-inch OLED; 2,460×1,080 pixels. Second screen: 3.9-inch OLED; 1,240×1,080 pixels
Pixel density Main screen: 395ppi. Second screen: 419ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.67 x 2.93 x 0.43 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 169.5 x 74.5 x 10.9 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 9.17 oz; 260g
Mobile software Android 10
Camera 64-megapixel (standard), 13-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide)
Front-facing camera 32-megapixel
Video capture 4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Storage 256GB
RAM 8GB
Expandable storage Up to 2TB
Battery 4,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensor In-screen
Connector USB-C
Headphone jack No
Special features Swivel screen design; gimbal camera; wireless charging
Price off-contract (USD) TBD
Price (GBP) TBD
Price (AUD) TBD

In the meantime, let us know what you think about the LG Wing. Is it cool or crazy of LG to have launched something like this? Would you get this? If so, how much would you reasonably pay for it?

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Google Phone app (beta) now available for some more non-Pixel and Android One phones – PhoneArena

There are those Android users who would love to have the Google Phone app (beta) found on Pixel and Android One models installed on their own Android phones. In April,

Google started allowing some non-Pixel handsets to install the app. But the list of compatible phones didn’t include Samsung and OnePlus models. That is, until today. The Google Phone app (beta) can now be installed on a wider variety of Android devices.


Android Police points out that you may not be able to easily find the Google Phone app (beta) by using the Play Store’s in-app search. You might find it on Google Search or

through this link. So while you can show off to your Android-using friends and family members the Google Phone app (beta) on your non-Pixel Android device, not all of the app’s features might work. Making calls seems to be no problem but receiving them is often another story. It all depends on the phone that has the app installed.

As we said above, not all of the features that the Phone app (beta) delivers on a Pixel will appear on another Android phone. One of these features is Call Screen. The Google Play Store listing for the app notes that with the latest update to Call Screen for Pixel models in the states, Google Assistant automatically screens unknown callers and filters out robocalls before the phone ever rings. And if the call is not a robocall, Google will provide you with some helpful information about who is calling and why.

To see if the Google Phone app (beta) works on your non-Pixel or Android One phone, you can try to install the app on your Android-powered device.

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Google’s Phone and Messages apps will come out of the box with the 5G OnePlus Nord – PhoneArena

This coming Tuesday, the OnePlus Nord mid-ranger will be introduced. Today, the OnePlus Nord Instagram page listed a series of

Google apps that will be offered on the device right out of the box instead of the manufacturer’s own apps. Previously, OnePlus would ship its handsets with its own Phone and SMS apps pre-installed. However, based on an Instagram video created by OnePlus it seems that the Nord will ship with the Google Dialer app and the Google Messages app.

Google apps will replace some of OnePlus’ default apps with the Nord

With the Google Message apps pre-loaded on the OnePlus Nord, users will be able to use Rich Communication Services (RCS) for messaging. Unlike regular SMS apps, RCS uses data networks to send texts instead of cellular networks. As a result, messages can be sent and received over Wi-Fi with each message containing as many as 8,000 characters instead of just 160. Larger video and imaging files can be sent and received and users will obtain a “read receipt” when a message they send has been read by the recipient. Google’s Duo video chat app will also be on the OnePlus Nord by default. Duo can now host chats with up to 32 people participating at the same time.

The OnePlus Nord’s unveiling is taking place this coming Tuesday, July 21st, at 10 am EDT (7 am PDT). To view the event in real-time on your mobile device, you will need to install the OnePlus Nord AR app

from the App Store or

the Google Play Store. As

OnePlus says on the Nord’s Instagram page, “We thought we were the smoothest Android experience out there. But then Google gave us Duo, Phone, and Messages.” Besides being smoother than OnePlus’ own version of these apps, the Android Phone and Messages apps are deployed on several devices in India. Considering that this is one of the countries that the Nord will launch in first, it does make sense to give consumers there access to versions of apps that they have used before.

Based on rumored specs, the OnePlus Nord will sport a 6.44-inch Fluid AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate delivering buttery smooth scrolling and enhanced video game animation. Powering the phone should be the Snapdragon 765G Mobile Platform which is equipped with an integrated 5G modem and will feature as much as 12GB of memory. On the back, there will be a 48MP primary camera driven by the Sony IMX586 sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a Macro camera, and a 5MP depth sensor. The phone sports dual selfie snappers in the front. There is a 32MP wide camera and an ultra-wide camera with a 105-degree field of view.

Keeping the lights on the handset is a 4115mAh battery which replenishes the power quickly thanks to the 30W Warp charger that comes with the phone. While the OnePlus Nord will be available at first in India and in Europe, and wasn’t expected to make landfall in the U.S., it seems that the company’s plans have changed. After three different rounds of pre-orders have sold out, the head of European strategy for OnePlus, Tuomas Lampen, said that Europe and India will be a test to see how much demand there is for the Nord. And if enough demand for the model surfaces, the Nord could end up launching in the U.S. Considering that the device has seen pre-orders sell out three times already, it sure seems likely that the OnePlus Nord will be coming to America. If for some reason One Plus decides not to bring the model to the states this year, it did say that all subsequent versions of the Nord will be available in the U.S.











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Asus ROG Phone 3 gets Bluetooth certified ahead of its July release – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com

Asus’ upcoming gaming beast, the ROG Phone 3, has received its Bluetooth certification today. This is just the latest in a number of such official certifications that are required for launch – which, by the way, should happen next month.

Before this, the ROG Phone 3 was also certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance and EEC. It’s also been spotted in benchmark databases. Some rumors claim it will arrive sporting the yet-unannounced Snapdragon 865+ chipset, but that remains to be seen. What’s clear is that there will be a version with 8GB of RAM, and one with 12GB.

According to the Bluetooth SIG’s certification documents, the ROG Phone 3 will have Bluetooth 5.1 on board. That’s the latest version, so this is no surprise.

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