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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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Facebook will launch its cryptocurrency called Diem

Managed by a not-for-profit association

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Facebook had plans to launch a new cryptocurrency called Libra, but the project received a lot of criticism, and key partners gradually walked away. But that’s not enough to demotivate Facebook. The social network says it intends to launch a stablecoin called Diem in 2021.

The pilot will be launched with a single stablecoin pegged to the US dollar as it scales back its global ambitions of revolutionising developing markets. The project was formerly known as Libra in 2019, but recently the name is changed to Diem.

A stablecoin is pegged against a fiat currency (like US dollars). Hence its value isn’t as volatile as other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. However, stablecoin can still leverage blockchain technology to enable quick transactions.

The Diem Association is the digital currency project group of Facebook, which aims to launch the Diem as the single US dollar stablecoin with 26 corporate firms and non-profit organizations.

The non-profit is based out of Switzerland and was supposed to apply for a license there, but it recently relocated to the United States regulator. It intends to create a sophisticated blockchain digital payment system that will permit real-time eCommerce transactions with Diem stablecoins.

Keep in mind, Facebook doesn’t own the cryptocurrency is merely a part of the association, like other stakeholders. The organisation is supposed to serve as a monetary authority for the cryptocurrency and reach people who don’t have access to traditional banking systems.

“Diem is planning to launch the payment system from the USA in the first phase because initially, the project will focus on the USA as its target market,” Diem Association said. It will be based largely on payments between individual consumers, potentially allowing users to buy goods and services.

Read Also: Mastercard will start accepting cryptocurrencies this year

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Sharp launches the AQUOS R6 with a 1-inch camera sensor, Leica optics

It also has a super fluid 240Hz display

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Sharp offers a lot of products that are known by a lot of globally. While they may not be a popular smartphone brand, the AQUOS line is pretty big in Japan. In line with their existing AQUOS-branded smartphones, they unveiled the AQUOS R6. It may look like any other smartphone, but this is one of a kind.

1-inch Camera Sensor with Leica

2021 is a year where rear cameras multiplied in a lot of smartphones. But the Sharp AQUOS R6 only has one large 20MP 1-inch camera sensor. For an ideal comparison, that’s the same camera sensor size you’ll find on the Sony RX100 VII and the RX0 II. This means that there’s minimal crop when shooting photos and results to better image quality.

Let’s be clear. It’s actually not the first smartphone with a 1-inch camera sensor. In fact, Panasonic managed to put it in the Lumix DMC-CM1 way back in 2014 but it’s more of a smart camera rather than a smartphone with a large camera sensor. Currently, Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra has the closest sensor size at 1/1.12-inches.

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With the recent news of Leica ending its partnership with Huawei, Sharp has managed to grab it with its new 7P (seven-element) Summicron lens. Not only does it have a wider f/1.9 aperture, it also features a 19mm focal length which is closer to an ultra-wide Field of View.

Other features worth noting are the lack of OIS as they rely on Sharp and Leica’s EIS technology as well as the inclusion of a ToF sensor and a flash module. For farther subjects, you need to rely on digital zoom instead.

Super Fluid 240Hz Display

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Another highlight of the AQUOS R6 is its super smooth and responsive 6.67-inch Pro IGZO Display with a 240Hz refresh rate — double than the usual 120Hz displays on most 2021 flagships. It’s not the first 240Hz smartphone display, rather Sharp’s AQUOS zero2 smartphone from May 2020.

Just like in Samsung’s Galaxy S21 series and OnePlus’ 9 Pro, it features a display with a variable refresh rate that goes as low as 1Hz to save battery power. But unlike their AMOLED displays, this one is based on OLED that lacks that extra thin layer of TFTs to achieve better colors.

It also has a WUXGA+ resolution of 2,730 x 1,260 pixels, a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1, as well as a max brightness of 2,000 nits — making it one of the most advanced smartphone displays ever made.

Beneath the display is where the under-display fingerprint sensor lies. It’s equipped with Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Max ultrasonic fingerprint sensor which is the largest in the world and it’s 11 times larger than the conventional scanner.

Flagship-grade

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Just like any other 2021 flagship, Sharp’s AQUOS R6 offers the latest 2021 hardware in a smartphone. That includes the Snapdragon 888 chipset with 5G support, as well as 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and a measly 128GB UFS 3.1 storage with an option to expand via a microSDXC card of up to 1TB.

If you always worry about battery, it has a large 5,000mAh battery that would be fine for a day. It also has an IPX8 certification which isn’t tested for dust resistance. Instead, it’s better than IP68 in terms of water resistance as it can be submerged into water deeper than 1 meter.

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There’s also a dedicated key for Google Assistant at the side of the phone so you don’t have to always say “Hey Google” and wait for the assistant to open.

Pricing and Availability

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The Sharp AQUOS R6 is offered only in two colors: black and white.

There’s currently no word about pricing and global availability but in Japan, the AQUOS R6 will be available in June 2021 through their popular carriers Softbank and NTT DoCoMo.

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MSI launches new gaming laptops and Creator series

Complete with all sorts of features for the best gaming and creation experience

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MSI continues to roll out new and exciting gaming devices, and these are no exception. This time around, they’ve turned their attention to the gamers and content creators. Packed with the latest hardware and exciting new features, these gaming laptops should bring out the gamer and creator in you.

The Creator Series

The company first unveils their new Creator series of laptops dedicated for the content creators. These new laptops not only come with gaming-ready hardware, but also with new features for a creator-friendly workspace. For starters, the MSI Creator Z16 and Creator M16 feature a True Pixel QHD+ display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. Meanwhile, the MSI Creator 17 comes with a Mini LED UHD display.

Underneath both these laptops are the latest Intel Core H processors and NVIDIA RTX 30 series GPUs. While these pose incredible gaming power, these also provide enough juice for HD video rendering and streaming. Also, these devices come with M.2 SSDs inside for faster boot and application load times.

Upgrading the gaming line

Apart from the new Creator series, they’ve also managed to upgrade their current lineup of gaming laptops. Like the Creator series, these laptops also come with the latest Intel processors and NVIDIA RTX GPUs. Also, these gaming laptops now come with display options with up to a 360Hz refresh rate fit for the competitive gamers out there.

In particular, the following laptops will now feature these upgraded hardware: MSI GE76/66 Raider, MSI GP76/66 Leopard, MSI GS76/66 Stealth, and the MSI Pulse GL76/66.

Finally, they’re releasing a new line for their MSI Sword and MSI Katana laptops featuring the art of Tsuyoshi Nagano. Inside the laptops, you will find the same upgraded hardware from their other gaming laptops. In terms of display options, however, these laptops will only support FHD at a 144Hz refresh rate. Both laptops feature wallpapers design by Nagano, who was best known for his work on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms video game series.

Pricing and availability for these laptops have yet to be announced. Here’s where to buy in the Philippines.

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