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The LG Wing 5G offers a new smartphone experience

The first device on LG’s explorer project

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LG has never been afraid to try new things (remember the LG G5 and Friends?). That boldness may not have translated to sales but it isn’t stopping the company from turning heads. This time, they’re doing so more thoughtfully than you realize with the LG Wing 5G.

If you’ve closely been following tech news then you might have seen what may seem like an absurd design — a display that swivels to reveal yet another display. But it’s not all gimmick, or so LG says.

Multitasking re-imagined

As the first device in the LG Explorer Project, the company wanted to come up with something groundbreaking but also functional. The swiveling display, isn’t just for show.

As the motion suggests, the LG Wing has two modes. First is Basic Mode, which is how one would normally use the phone. The second is Swivel Mode, where the entire front of the phone rotates clockwise 90 degrees revealing a 3.9 inch Second Screen.

In Swivel Mode, certain apps can be expanded to both screens or two apps can be displayed simultaneously — one on each display.It’s not too different from how the company runs apps on their phones that support the dual display option.

There’s also a Multi App feature lets you create shortcuts for pairs of apps you typically use together. A feature we’ve also seen on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2. Naturally, not all apps will be supported at launch.

The main screen is a 6.8-inch OLED FullVision edge-to-edge display with 20.5:9 aspect ratio. A type of screen that’s pretty common on smartphones these days. The Second Screen, as mentioned earlier, measures 3.9-inch and is also OLED with software optimizations to maximize its size.

In video apps optimized for its unique form factor, the LG Wing’s second screen acts as a media controller, with the ability to change video and sound settings.

Gimbal form, gimbal cameras

The LG Wing has three cameras:

  • 64MP Ultra High Resolution
  • 12MP Ultra Wide Big Pixel
  • 13MP Ultra Wide

But what sets it apart is how the LG Wing employs the Gimbal Motion Camera tech. The vivo X50 Pro also uses the term Gimbal but the tech behind these two phones might be completely different.

In any case, unique to the LG Wing 5G is how the second screen can act as a convenient grip, providing stability for capturing stable video footage.

The phone also offers functions found a real gimbal. These include a joystick function for controlling the camera angle, a lock mode to reduce shakes and blurring, a follow mode for smoother videos when moving, pan follow for horizontal movement with minimal up and down shake, and first person view mode for capturing rhythmic and dynamic movements.

Durable and premium

The LG Wing didn’t sacrifice a premium feel to achieve durability. The phone was crafted using slim but tough composite materials and a special perforation technique.

To manage the swiveling, the phone features a Hydraulic Damper. The company says it can do about 200,000 swivels — which averages out to about 100 motions every day for five years.

As it is a 2020 phone, it also had to have 5G. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC with the Snapdragon X52 5G Modem-RF System. It promises quality AI performance, supports multi camera capabilities, can handle gaming, and much more.

Here’s a quick look at the specs:

LG Wing

Display Main Screen: 6.8-inch 20.5:9 FHD+ P-OLED FullVision (2,460 x 1,080 / 395ppi)
Second Screen: 3.9-inch 1.15:1 G-OLED (1,240 x 1,080 / 419ppi)
Processor Qualcomm  Snapdragon 765G 5G
RAM + ROM 8GB RAM 256GB internal storage

microSD (up to 2TB)

Rear Cameras (64MP Standard 4 (F1.8 / 78°/ 0.8µm) Ultra High Resolution

13MP Ultra Wide (F1.9 / 117° / 1.0µm)

12MP Ultra Wide Big Pixel (F2.2 / 120° / 1.4µm)

Front Camera Pop-up 32MP Standard 5 (F1.9 / 79.6° / 0.8µm)
Battery 4,000mAh
Colors Aurora Gray

Illusion Sky

Pricing and availability

The LG Wing 5G will be available in the US beginning with Verizon, followed by T-Mobile and other U.S. carriers.

Specific pricing, availability, specs and color options will vary by network partners.

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The OnePlus 8T is coming on October 14

‘Ultra Stops At Nothing’

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File photo: OnePlus 8 Pro

We knew it was coming and now we know exactly when. OnePlus has announced that the OnePlus 8T will be revealed on October 14.

It comes with the tagline: Ultra Stops At Nothing. We don’t know yet what that exactly means but we’re very much looking forward to finding out.

In the meantime, here’s everything we know so far about the OnePlus 8T based on previous rumors, leaks, and reports:

Android Central reported that the upcoming phone will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+. This chipset brings improvement on the CPU and GPU front compared to the Snapdragon 865, so users can expect better performance on the OnePlus 8T.

Furthermore, the phone will gain a 120Hz panel, which is a huge jump over OnePlus 8’s 90Hz panel. The size of OnePlus 8T’s display is pegged at 6.55-inch.

Android Central also claims that the phone is getting a quad-camera setup in the form of 48MP primary + 16MP wide-angle +5MP macro + 2MP portrait lens setup.  They also claim that the primary camera is getting a better imaging sensor this time around.

Meanwhile, the folks at XDA-Developers found the render hidden in the Settings app. From the looks of it, OnePlus 8T is set to ditch the curved display upfront. However, OnePlus is retaining the display cut-out housing the single selfie camera.  As a matter of fact, not much has changed from the OnePlus 8 itself.

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Could we be getting a Sony Xperia Play 2?

Why did they cancel it?

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Xperia Play

Sony never launched a successor to the Xperia Play. However, we’re in for a shot of nostalgia. User JerryYin shared a few pictures of an Xperia Play 2 prototype with the XDA Developers team. According to him, the unit is a prototype and he has put it up for sale on a Chinese marketplace.

The Xperia Play was a gaming phone running Android and was released in 2011. Back then, the company was called Sony Ericcson. Unlike today’s all-touch phones, it featured a D-pad, two touchpads as a joystick, and PlayStation buttons. Today, the design looks relatable to a Nintendo Switch.

Gaming phones have taken over the market and every brand is trying to offer maximum gaming-oriented features. Pretty much all of them have also created dedicated gaming phones to cater to the rapidly growing demand. But, did you know gaming phones aren’t a new concept and have existed for a decade?

It also sports a 3D button that suggests the company considered porting 3D technology. Back then, 3D movies and games were available on the PS3 and the glass-free application has been seen on Nintendo 3DS as well as HTC Evo 3D.

The authenticity of the phone cannot be verified right now, hence these pictures should be taken with a pinch of salt. It’s possible that this may be a fake, but the amount of detail visible helps in building some confidence.

If we consider the Nintendo Switch sales, it can be assumed that this form factor hasn’t gone out of fashion. When the Xperia Play was launched, mobile gaming was in a nascent stage and limited to smaller games like Angry Birds. The development of larger games with new genres like battle royale has widely increased the capability of mobile gaming.

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realme launches narzo 20 Pro with Helio G95, 65W fast charging

Xiaomi should be worried

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realme started the narzo series earlier this year and it’s all set to launch a successor. The narzo 20 series consists of the narzo 20A, narzo 20, and narzo 20 Pro. These phones are made for the affordable segment and will be directly competing against the Redmi Note 9 series and POCO X2.

The phone features a reflective design that creates a multi-layer downward arrow pattern. Continuing realme’s design language, it features a vertical quad-camera setup with the narzo branding in focus. The fingerprint scanner is located on the side.

On the front is a 6.5-inch LCD display with Full HD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass protection, and a punch-hole cut-out for the front camera.

Powering the phone is an octa-core MediaTek Helio G95 processor with Mali-G76 MC4 GPU. Storage is expandable via a dedicated microSD card slot. It has a new carbon fiber cooling system that ensures consistent performance during extended usage.

The rear features a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front is a 16-megapixel camera for selfies. The software supports night filters, AI enhancement, and improved low-light performance.

Backing these internal is a 4500mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging. realme claims it can fully charge the battery in 38 minutes. Lastly, the phone ships with realme IU out-of-the-box.

The narzo 20 Pro costs INR 14,999 for 6GB+64GB and INR 16,999 for 8GB+128GB. It’ll be available in Black Ninja and White Knight color options and shall go on sale from September 25 via Flipkart, realme.com, and offline stores.

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