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LG Wing Twisting Smartphone Might Be Fun

LG has an interesting new twist on smartphones coming out; the LG Wing has two OLED panels that give new life to the smartphone.

Wing’s most interesting feature, of course, is the two OLED panels. The first is a standard 6.8-inch main screen without any bezels or notches (instead, LG has chosen to go with a pop-up lens, since apparently the Wing didn’t have enough moving parts to worry about). But it’s the second 3.9-inch panel that’s underneath the main display that makes the Wing 2020’s most unique-looking phone. Instead of folding out for two full-size (or one flexible) panels side by side, the Wing’s main display twists around and up to reveal the second screen, in a shape that looks a lot like a Tetris T-block.

And LG has big ambitions for the types of functionality that this new form factor can enable. The idea is that when in “swivel mode,” you’ll use the main display for whatever your primary task is, while the second display serves as a supplemental window for another app or extended functionality.

(More description and pix at TheVerge)

I'm strongly reminded of the spirit of the polycarbon screen wing computer screen described in William Gibson's 1986 novel Count Zero:

"We'll key that to the image on this phone." He took an elegant modular unit from the bag and placed it in front of her. A paper thin polycarbon screen unfurled silently from the top of the unit and immediately grew rigid. She had once watched a butterfly emerge into the world, and seen the transformation of its drying wings. "How is that done?" she asked...
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