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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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A Nokia tablet is coming soon

Confirmed for October

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Since its resurrection years ago, Nokia has found its footing in the modern smartphone industry. The company has created a niche of smartphones for all markets. Amid their success, they are looking to expand even further. Nokia has confirmed that a Nokia tablet is coming.

Nokia’s official Twitter account posted an account directly confirming the tablet’s launch. The teaser even includes a photo and an official debut date. The included photo shows that the upcoming tablet is roughly more than twice the height of a Nokia 3310. As for the date, the tablet is making its official debut on October 6.

According to past rumors, the tablet will be called the Nokia T20. It will allegedly have a 10.36-inch LCD screen. It will reportedly sport a Unisoc chipset. Though the processor is still a variable at this point, the Nokia T20 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Given the tablet’s timeframe, it can either come in Android 11 or 12 out of the box.

Of note, this isn’t Nokia’s first foray into the tablet industry. Back in 2015, the company tried to get into the market with the Nokia N1. However, at a notable high for the tablet industry, the N1 never rose above the ranks. With the upcoming Nokia T20, the company wants to try again but with a better history behind it this time.

SEE ALSO: Nokia XR20: Rugged smartphone with 4 years of updates

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Xiaomi blacklists “Samsung” and other terms from its phones [UPDATED]

But there’s a reason why

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Throughout the past few years, Chinese smartphones have received a lot of flak for its ties to geopolitical issues. Both Huawei and ZTE have already suffered through bans from the American government. Naturally, Xiaomi is in a similar boat. Unfortunately, because of a new research report, things might get worse before they get better.

According to a report published by the National Cyber Security Centre in Lithuania, Xiaomi’s smartphones automatically download a list of terms that they blacklist. The list includes sketchy terms like “China,” “Taiwan Solidarity Union,” and other geopolitical terms. Obviously, including China-related terms can cause a bit of alarm for users elsewhere. However, the blacklist might have uses outside of the obvious.

Spotted by XDA Developers, Xiaomi uses the list for advertising purposes. Besides the China-related terms, the list also includes its brand rivals like “Samsung” and “ZTE.” It also includes pornography and piracy terms. Most ironically, the list also blocks its own smartphone models. The publication spotted that the blacklist is used solely by the smartphone’s advertising platform. Which does make sense now.

The list is designed to block out ads from competing companies and its own (which makes sense since someone who owns a Xiaomi phone probably doesn’t need to see a Xiaomi ad anymore). Blocking pornographic and piracy-supporting ads also makes sense. The China-related terms remain problematic, but there is no indication that Xiaomi uses the list for anything other than advertising.

Further, Xiaomi should activate the filter manually. The automatic download doesn’t automatically mean that the phone is censored. That said, there is still a possibility that Xiaomi can use the filter for more geopolitical reasons. At the very least, current reports don’t point toward that for now.

Editor’s Note: Xiaomi, on Sept 28, sent GadgetMatch the statement below

“Xiaomi’s devices do not censor communications to or from its users. Xiaomi has never and will never restrict or block any personal behaviors of our smartphone users, such as searching, calling, web browsing or the use of third-party communication software. Xiaomi fully respects and protects the legal rights of all users. Xiaomi complies with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).”

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi 11T series focuses on mobile filmmaking


The article was originally published on September 24, 2021.

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Galaxy S22 Ultra will look like a Galaxy Note phone

Based on a new render

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The Galaxy Note series is in a state of limbo. After the rise of the brand’s foldable phones, Samsung toned down on the iconic Note series. The brand hasn’t even launched a new entry yet – if it even is launching one this year. If you’re a fan of the series, there’s still hope. Based on new renders, the upcoming Galaxy S22 Ultra will look remarkably similar to the Galaxy Note series.

Rendered by Steve Hemmerstoffer and Digit.in based on currently known leaks, the upcoming premium smartphone will reportedly have a built-in dock for the S Pen. Of course, the series had already received stylus support, but the Galaxy S21 series never had a dock for the pen.

Additionally, the renders show a quad rear camera setup much like the previous series. However, the layout does look a bit different from its predecessors. Either way, the upcoming flagship has a hint of familiarity for those more used to the Galaxy Note series.

Unfortunately, the render doesn’t show how the S Pen will look like. For the past few iterations, Samsung did confirm that more optimized S Pens are coming for different devices.

In other details, the renders also show that the headphone jack is here to stay.

Right now, it’s still early to tell if the renders are what the real deal will look like. A lot can still happen between now and the projected launch window in January.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 review: Do-It-All device

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