LG Wing Test: Professional video phone in T format
The fascinating LG Wing convinced us in the test with a very good camera and its two very good displays. Despite a high-end price of around 1,000 euros, LG “only” installs a Snapdragon processor from the upper middle class. Otherwise, the LG Wing has a lot to offer technically and scores with good equipment and good battery life.
LG Wing Review
The highlight is and remains the rotating main display with the second screen. LG fans who can do without the very special display feature of the LG Wing should take a look at its little sister, the LG Velvet.
LG Wing technical test data & Specification:
|Tested with:||Android 10|
|Height x width:||170 x 75 mm|
|Display: Diagonal:||6.8 in|
|Display: Diagonal (additional display):||–|
|Display: Size in millimeters:||68 x 158 mm|
|Display resolution:||2,460 x 1,080 pixels|
|Display: Pixel density:||397 ppi|
|Display: Refresh rate:||60 Hz|
|Display: Brightness:||780.9 cd / m²|
|Display: checkerboard contrast without ambient light:||166: 1|
|Display: Contrast in ambient light:||121: 1|
|Display: sRGB color space:||150%|
|Display: color space DCI-P3:||100%|
|Loading time: PDF via WLAN:||4.3 seconds|
|Benchmark: GFX-Bench:||21.0 frames / s|
|Benchmark: PCMark:||8,018 points|
|Processor:||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G|
|Processor clock:||2,400 MHz|
|Processor cores:||1 + 1 + 6|
|Random access memory:||8 GB|
|Battery: Capacity:||4,000 mAh|
|Battery: Online runtime:||11:33 hours|
|Battery: Charging time:||02:09 hours|
|Battery: Battery charge after 30 minutes:||45 percent|
|Fast charging power supply included:||Yes|
|WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS:||802.11 n, ac|
|LTE: Supported frequency bands:||800, 1,800, 2,600 MHz|
|LTE: speed:||1,000 Mbit / s|
|Camera: Gross megapixels of the sensor:||64 megapixels|
|Camera: Megapixel:||16.0 megapixels|
|Camera: slow motion (HD / Full-HD):||240 fps (720p) / –|
|Camera: Resolution:||1,828 cp / hour|
|Camera: Expert assessment Image quality:||1.8 (good)|
|Camera: Noise:||1.5 VN1|
|Camera: Optical image stabilizer:||Yes|
|Camera: Auto focus:||Yes|
|Camera: max. Video resolution:||3,840 x 2,160 pixels (60 frames per second)|
|Front camera: Resolution:||8.0 megapixels|
|Dual Sim:||yes (5G / 4G)|
|Dust and water protection:||IP54|
|Biometric unlock:||Fingerprint sensor, face recognition|
|Nominal memory:||128 GB|
|Free space:||95.1 GB|
|Memory card slot:||Yes|
|USB port:||Type-C USB 2.0|
LG Wing in the test: A simple name with spectacular design
High quality and with style! LG is once again proving its taste and is sending another, extremely chic smartphone into the competition with the Wing.
With the LG Velvet, the South Korean tech giant has already introduced a new, minimalist and at the same time refreshing design language and the LG Wing looks even higher quality.
At first glance, the Wing looks like a normal smartphone with a beautiful, large 6.8-inch display: rounded display edges and a glass back that is also rounded towards the edges, without any frills.
At second glance, more precisely the first time in the hand, one notices a clearly visible joint that separates the large main display from the smaller, square second display.
With 170 x 75 x 13.4 millimeters and a weight of 260 grams, however, it feels good in the hand according to our taste. Much more pleasant than, for example, that the Samsung GalaxyZ Fold 2 5G is only slightly heavier at 279 grams.
If you now push the display to the left, it rotates into a horizontal position and reveals a second, 3.9-inch display. A tiny part of the lower case protrudes over the panel at a 90-degree angle and reminds us of the twentieth letter of the alphabet. That’s why LG calls this mode T-Mode.
LG Wing: POLED & OLED
The main display measures an impressive 6.8 inches and, as a so-called POLED panel, uses a protective layer made of plastic instead of glass, as we know it from OLED screens.
We don’t notice any difference to the glass on the back of the smartphone. LG also does without an increased refresh rate with the Wing, which is a small drawback at around 1,000 euros and is no longer quite as contemporary.
But the Full HD Plus resolution of 2,460 x 1,080 pixels and the resulting pixel density of almost 400 ppi are perfectly fine. The maximum brightness of 780 candelas per square meter that we measured should also be more than sufficient for almost all lighting situations.
The second, 3.9-inch display appears in the previously announced T-mode. The small square screen has a resolution of 1,240 × 1,080 pixels.
This results in a pixel density of 419 ppi, instead of POLED, LG uses a classic glass OLED here. Both displays convince with good contrast values, a high viewing angle stability and achieved the grade very well in the test.
The T mode
LG has provided two operating modes for the two displays: On the one hand, there is the extension of the app from the main screen to the second screen, with some apps showing certain control options on the additional panel.
For example, YouTube offers permanently displayed controls for brightness and volume. In some cases, LG is also wasting potential with these specifications, because to stick with YouTube.
Here we would find the option of commenting live during the video or scrolling through playlists in order to regulate a lot more sensible than small things like volume and brightness.
But there are also some specially adapted apps that are a lot of fun and useful in this mode: With video editing and in the picture gallery, you not only see the current picture, but also the next picture on the second display and much more.
Some games also allow both displays to work together, so nothing on the main screen is covered. The Asphalt 9 installed on the LG Wing displays maps and statistics on the second screen.
The game is played with the smartphone turned upside down, so that you hold an anchor in your hand and see the route as a preview above. This rotated mode is also suitable for chat applications, as the keyboard can now be displayed in full width and split if desired.
A button indicates that an app can be extended to the second screen after it is started. Basically, the lower screen can always be used as a touchpad, like a notebook, to operate the upper screen without touch inputs.
Conventional multitasking is also possible, such as surfing the Internet at the same time while a YouTube video is playing on the other screen. Only two times, apps cannot run, such as Chrome twice or Twitch twice. In this case, the app jumps to the screen on which it was last active.
LG Wing Review: CPU of the upper middle class
Apart from the fascinating gimmicks around the two displays, LG and like many other manufacturers of current Android smartphones of the upper middle class relies on a Qualcomm processor of the 700 series. It is a Snapdragon 765G, a hexa-core chip with a clock rate of up to 2.4 gigahertz. There is also eight GB of RAM under the hood.
Almost the same hardware combination can also be found in its little sister, the LG Velvet which only costs around 450 euros.
The test results from our laboratory are correspondingly similar: our test PDF file loads and renders the LG Wing in a slightly faster 4.3 seconds, in the PCMark benchmark it is only marginally better with 8,018 points.
The fact that a little more power would have been appropriate for the model can be seen in the longer loading times for the parallel start of two apps on both screens and also when changing the view after the screen has been turned away.
The wing repeatedly takes around two seconds to think about it before it adjusts the view. Especially for mobile gaming, hard-core gamers are likely to lack the power of a top chipset.
Otherwise, the LG Wing offers good technical equipment. In addition to 128 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded if necessary at the expense of a second nano-SIM, a good, if not super-fast in-display fingerprint sensor, LTE, additional 5G and a decent mono speaker.
Joy and sorrow with the LG Wing gimbal function
The LG Wing’s camera consists of the main lens (f / 1.8) with a 64-megapixel sensor, the 13-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens (f / 1.9) and the highlight, a very clever 12-megapixel gimbal camera.
Instead of opting for an optical telephoto lens, LG has opted for a camera with which users can take image-stabilized recordings like with a camera gimbal such as the DJI Pocket and can even pan the camera slightly.
A very fun and really ingenious feature that not only fits the special display configuration exactly, but can also be an exciting function for creative content creators.
Various virtual buttons are then displayed on the lower display; the main display is used exclusively as a viewfinder. In the middle of the smaller screen, users see a virtual joystick, which can be used to move the image section like a real gimbal.
Small drawback: In gimbal mode, the resolution is limited to Full HD. The normal camera quality for 4K recordings is up to 60 fps.
Attention vloggers: Selfies are snapped on the wing with an extendable 32 megapixel camera, which ensures that the display does not need a notch or other recess. It can be used in combination with the rear gimbal camera in dual mode with picture-in-picture function or both recordings side by side and ideal for atmospheric video diaries.
The LG Wing also takes remarkably good pictures under good lighting conditions. Although the software sharpens the result a lot, the images are very detailed and there is no noise at all. In a test, the Wing even proves to be one of the best photo smartphones currently on the market in the subjective assessment.
In difficult lighting conditions, the final image quality will depend on whether you are shooting hand-held or using a tripod. With the latter, the images continue to show a remarkable number of details, a generally very good image quality for difficult lighting conditions. In the expert rating, the LG Wing’s camera setup got a very good (1.4).
Inductive LG Wing
In our runtime test, the LG Wing lasted a good 11 hours and 33 minutes with its 4,000 mAh battery. The charging time of almost 2 hours is aimed at patient contemporaries again, but this is due to the somewhat weak, around 25 watt power adapter.
After 30 minutes at the socket, the battery has reached 45 percent of its capacity again. As befits a smartphone in this price range, the LG Wing can also be charged wirelessly.
LG Wing Pros:
- Unique and fascinating rotating display
- Fun gimbal function
- Very good camera
LG Wing Cons:
- Video resolution only Full HD with gimbal
- Not a high-end processor
- High price