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We’ve already seen LG’s different-for-the-sake-of-being-different Wing leaked in two videos, but LG has just published a video teaser for the highly unusual phone. It’s slated to be unveiled September 14th.
LG has dubbed this the “Explorer Project,” saying it’s “both an initiative and a category and will include devices that deliver distinctive and yet unexplored usability experiences,” whatever that means. It was allegedly created to attend to the “diverse usage needs of today’s smartphone customers.”
There are a few partners on board to somehow utilize the strange T-shaped display. Rave will apparently allow Wing users to more conveniently communicate and stream things at the same time. Ficto, an interactive streaming app, is aligning the global launch of its streaming service with Wing’s launch. NAVER, a search engine known as “the Google of South Korea,” is working on a Wing-optimized version of its Whale browser. Lastly, Tubi, an ad-supported streaming platform, is also said to be a partner.
The event will be streamed live on YouTube and Facebook on September 14th at 11pm Korea time, 10am Eastern time, and 7am Pacific time, less than two weeks away. It should be interesting to see what LG has in store.
LG has published a press release confirming the ‘LG Wing’ name, and revealing the device’s logo. Gradients are back, baby.
The company says the Explorer Project is a, “new mobile category aimed at discovering new ways to interact with mobile devices,” implying more experimental phones could be in development. The Wing’s full reveal is still scheduled for September 14th on LG’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
LG Wing swivel screen in action
A new leak is making the rounds on Twitter (via @folduniverse) and YouTube, showing LG Wing’s dual-screen mechanism in action. When the “wing” screen is not deployed, the phone looks just like any other at first glance, but things change as soon as you sort of swivel the display to the side. A second panel underneath it is revealed, and the screen on top slides into its horizontal place — not unlike the 2008 LG VX9400, as pointed out on Twitter.
The mechanism might allow for unique use cases like watching a video while being able to read the comments or games specifically coded for this setup, and it could come in handy when you use it for navigation in your car. At the rumored price of $1,000, it would be one of the cheaper phones with a novel form factor.