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LG Wing: What’s behind the unique swivel design

Wondering how LG managed to make the unique design screen work? Here's how

LG Wing, with its unique rotating dual-display system, has everyone beat when it comes to being unique. Now, let’s look into how LG managed to make the swiveling screen work.

To get a deep look into the upcoming product, The Electronics referred to famous Youtuber and technology reviewer Zack Nelson’s channel JerryRigEverything.

The upcoming smartphone forms a symmetrical T shape when swiveled and to ensure this motion is smooth, LG Electronics has used a kind of lubricated plastic. The concave design prevents sand and dirt from getting between the two displays and damaging the secondary display.

LG Wing Specifications

Before diving deeper into the functionality, let’s check out the specifications and features this upcoming device has to offer. LG Wing comes with a 6.8-inch pOLED primary screen wih an FHD+ resolution and a secondary display of a 3.9-inch G-OLED panel. It draws power from the highly advanced Snapdragon 765G processor that is paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB/256GB storage. For optics, you get a 64MP triple-camera setup as well as a 32MP selfie snapper.

LG Wing Mechanism

The working mechanism has been well thought out and the makers claim that this swivel can last up to 200,000 cycles. When Nelson took it apart in his video, it could be seen that there’s a hole cut through its PCB (printed circle board) and the phone’s mainframe, which has a flexible ribbon cable threaded through it to allow the rotating main display to function and twist easily. Also, it has a tiny hydraulic damper to serve as a shock absorber for the swiveling motion.

LG Wing
Picture Credit: apparata.nl

The hinge mechanism involves two riveted plates held together by springs— one to hold the phone open and the other to keep it closed. There are two sliding tracks, which according to the Youtuber, work similar to a door chain lock and keep everything in place when the dual screens slide.

Interestingly, while the LG Wing doesn’t have an IP rating for water resistance, its internal circuit boards are coated with a water-repellant coating. So, the phone won’t die instantly after coming in contact with water.

LG’s smartphone business has been dwindling significantly for a while now. Despite releasing a few decent mid-range smartphones, LG has been largely struggling to keep up with the competition. But LG Wing has the potential to woe people with its premium features and unique design.

Although fun to use, the smartphone may not be fit for daily tasks, especially for people who use phones as a professional tool.

Aviral Sharma
Aviral Sharma |B-Tech grad | From Kanpur but Bengaluru is my new home. Content writer for over 4 years, it is both my hobby and my passion. Apart from content writing, I live and breathe football. And oh! I love cooking too.

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