UPDATE: Verizon is the first US carrier to officially announce full pricing and availability details for the world's "first 5G swivel smartphone." The mmWave-equipped variant of the LG Wing 5G will go up for pre-order on the nation's largest wireless service provider this Thursday, October 1, ahead of an actual release on October 15.
America's fastest mobile network, as well as full compatibility for the low-band 5G signal Big Red plans to provide its customers "nationwide" at some point "later this year."Predictably enough, the unorthodox device is set to cost $999.99 with built-in support for
Also unsurprisingly, you'll be able to save quite a bit of money right off the bat if you're willing to meet a number of requirements. Namely, you're looking at a discount of "up to $750" with an "eligible" trade-in and a new line of unlimited service, "up to" a $250 e-gift card when porting in a number to Verizon from a competing carrier, and "up to $500" off the aforementioned list price with an "eligible" trade-in for existing customers who only want to upgrade their current phone. Our original story follows below.
The 5G-enabled LG Wing is certainly an odd duck, but at least at first glance, the dual-screen handset looks just "weird" enough to stand out from today's pack of interchangeable conventional high-end smartphones and overpriced foldable devices without proving (entirely) gimmicky or excessively fragile.
Of course, it's probably wise to reserve judgment on the real-life functionality, practicality, and value proposition of the decidedly unorthodox phone until we get the chance to thoroughly review it and the company finally comes out with its official US pricing information.
On the bright side, all signs seem to be pointing in the direction of an almost surprisingly reasonable price tag, including a bunch of recent rumors and a domestic confirmation from LG itself earlier today. Before getting too excited, though, you might want to keep in mind Korean numbers are not always representative of how much a device will cost stateside.
The gorgeous LG Velvet mid-ranger, for instance, made its regional debut at the rough equivalent of $735 a few months back before reaching US stores and carriers with a starting price of $600 attached to its name, while last year's G8 ThinQ was initially available at around $800 both in South Korea and stateside.
In other words, the just-announced 1.09 million won MSRP of the LG Wing 5G, which equates to $940 or so at today's conversion rate, could translate to an official US price point of anywhere between $800 and $1,000. But we feel pretty certain now in predicting the phone will not break the $1,000 psychological barrier, thus undercutting all other mobile devices "with multiple screens so far." We're looking at you, Galaxy Fold, Z Flip, Z Flip 5G, Z Fold 2 5G, Motorola Razr, Razr 5G, Microsoft Surface Duo, Huawei Mate X, Mate Xs, and yes, even you, Royole FlexPai.
Granted, that's not an entirely fair comparison to make, but that's because it's virtually impossible to find a device quite as nutty and as unusual as the LG Wing 5G. This thing has a large 6.8-inch primary display and a small 3.9-inch screen hiding behind it that you can use to maximize your multitasking and enhance your gaming experience, among others.
On top of that, you get a motorized pop-up 32MP selfie shooter as well, although the rest of the specifications are hardly groundbreaking, including a reasonably powerful Snapdragon 765 processor, 8 gigs of RAM, 128 and 256GB storage options, 4,000mAh battery capacity, and an under-display fingerprint sensor.
Expected to start selling in South Korea in early October, the LG Wing 5G should expand to Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T shortly thereafter.