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LG teased a new smartphone-tablet hybrid with slide-out display during the Wing launch

This render resembles the device teased by LG. (Image: Letsgodigital)
This render resembles the device teased by LG. (Image: Letsgodigital)
LG hid a sneak peak at a possible new extendable or rollable smartphone/tablet hybrid at the conclusion of its LG Wing launch. The new device, outlined in a very subtle silhouette is reminiscent of patents for experimental smartphone designs that we have seen in the past.
Sanjiv Sathiah,

The LG Wing has rightly got tongues wagging with its radical approach to a dual-screen smartphone design. When it was announced, LG said that it was part of a new range of devices that would launch under the ‘Explorer Project’ umbrella. It looks as though the company is aiming to innovate its way to the top while simultaneously taking a more cautious approach with devices like its well-received, and very traditional, Velvet smartphone.

During the launch of the Wing, eagle-eyed observers noted that the presentation concluded with the subtle silhouette of a potentially very exciting device and possibly the next ‘Explorer Project’ device. It shows what looks to be a smartphone/tablet hybrid that either uses an extendable display or a rollable display. In fact, it looks very similar to some of LG’s patents for hybrid devices that we have seen in the past and is indicative that it may have something nearly market-ready. 

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 has recently launched to very positive reviews and reports indicate that initial orders in the US have doubled Samsung’s expectations. There is undoubtedly a market for smartphones that also double as tablets but the entry price for these devices is obviously a sticking point for consumers. Priced at €1,100, the LG Wing is considerably more affordable than the Z Fold 2, thanks in part to the use of a mid-range Qualcomm chipset. This is an approach LG could also adopt for this potential new entrant. Fingers crossed.

Skip to 1:05:39 in the embedded clip below to see the teased device in question.

The mechanism shown at the end of the LG clip looks similar to this LG patent image. (Image: Letsgodigital)
The mechanism shown at the end of the LG clip looks similar to this LG patent image. (Image: Letsgodigital)
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-09-15 (Update: 2020-09-15)
Sanjiv Sathiah
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.