LG Wing price in India has now dropped to Rs. 29,999, down from its launch price of Rs. 69,990 in India. The swivel-screen phone from LG will sell at a whopping discount of over 50% tomorrow on Flipkart. This is no surprise given that the company has announced the closure of its mobile division worldwide. But is the LG Wing worth buying at Rs 29999 while the company is shutting off its business? Let’s discuss.
LG Wing at Rs 29999- Should You Buy?
The LG Wing was launched at Rs. 69,990 in India last year. However, it will now be available for just Rs. 29,999 for the 8/128GB variant during the Flipkart Flagship Fest sale. The phone will go on sale tomorrow, i.e., Tuesday, April 13. You can check the link here.
The company recently announced that it’d be shutting off its mobile division, meaning it’ll no longer make or sell any new smartphones. This is why it’s selling the existing inventory on discounts to close down by July 31 this year.
Now, the huge discount makes it an attractive buy for a lot of people. So, is it worth buying the LG Wing at Rs. 29,999? Below are some reasons to buy and not buy the LG Wing that you may consider to make a well-informed decision.
Reasons to Buy the LG Wing
1. Innovative Swivel Design
LG Wing is one of a kind phone with swivel technology involving two displays. The main display slides out from the bottom right to expose the mini-display underneath.
The setup allows for efficient multitasking on the phone. You can either use the same app on both displays with separate functions on each screen or different apps altogether.
2. 5G Connectivity
The phone supports 5G connectivity. This makes it future-proof for people eyeing the 5G rollout in India. According to the official website, the phone supports both Sub-6GHz and mmWave bands.
3. Good Cameras
The LG Wing flaunts a triple rear camera setup with a 64MP main camera with OIS, 13MP ultra-wide camera, and a 12MP ultra-wide Gimbal Motion camera. Upfront, you get a 32MP sensor housed inside a pop-up module.
The Gimbal motion camera can be useful for people into videography. You can literally pan and tilt the camera through the on-screen joystick. Plus, it also comes with a dual recording mode. Overall, the phone has good cameras for the price.
Note that there’s no telephoto camera here. Also, don’t expect extraordinary or flagship-level camera performance.
4. Promised Software Updates and After-Sales
Despite shutting down its smartphone business, the company has announced that its G-series, V-series, Velvet, and Wing premium phones released in 2019 or later will receive up to three OS updates. Specifically, the LG Wing will receive Android 11, Android 12, and the Android 13 update.
Additionally, Flipkart has listed 1 year of warranty and 5 years of service in India (conditions applied). Looking at the company’s current claims, we don’t think one should worry much about the software or after-sales support.
However, there’s no clarity about the mentioned “five-year service.” Hence, we won’t deny the possibility of issues with service and parts availability in the future.
Reasons Not to Buy the LG Wing
1. No High-Refresh Rate Screen
Unfortunately, LG Wing doesn’t have a high refresh rate display which could be a bummer for many as even budget phones these days offer 90Hz and 120Hz screens. Also, the secondary display isn’t as good as the main screen.
2. Heavy and Thick
The swivel dual display mechanism means that it isn’t a handy phone by any means. The phone weighs over 260 grams and is quite thick at around 11mm. There’s no escaping the fact that its form factor will always remind you of having a bulky phone.
3. Not All Apps Support Swivel Mode
The swivel mode allows you to use two apps simultaneously on different screens. However, not all apps support the secondary screen.
You’ll usually end up using it for LG’s own apps or tasks like typing, controlling the camera, browsing the web, or replying to messages while playing games. The limited third-party support for the second display is a big constraint for the tech it offers.
4. Slightly Underpowered
The LG Wing gets powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor. It is an upper-mid range chipset that is quite stable and power-efficient. However, it isn’t comparable to flagship processors like the Snapdragon 865 and upwards.
Now, it won’t be fair to complain about the performance at Rs. 30,000 since OnePlus Nord and Pixel 4a too offer similar hardware. But simply said, it’s not the best option for hardcore gamers out there.
5. Single Speaker, No Headphone Jack
LG Wing has a single speaker- no hybrid stereo speakers. Plus, it doesn’t offer a headphone jack either, which can be a dealbreaker for some people. Another loss here is the lack of proper water resistance. LG has offered a splash-proof ingress rating, but it’s far from the IP68.
6. No Charger in the Box
The last time LG offered the G8x at a discount, it was clarified that the charger wouldn’t be included in the box. It seems to be the same case with the currently discounted LG Wing.
We haven’t got any official confirmation yet, but Flipkart has only listed “Handset, USB Data Cable, SIM Ejector Pin, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card” for in-the-box contents. We don’t see any mention of the charger.
So, it’s likely that you’ll have to shell out extra money for a charger. Since LG Wing supports Quick Charge 4+, you can use any compatible Qualcomm Quick Charger. Here are the best fast chargers to buy for smartphones in India.
LG Wing Specifications
- Display: 6.8″ FHD+ P-OLED Rotating display, 3.9″ FHD+ G-OLED secondary panel
- Weight and Measurements: 260grams, 169.5 x 74.5 x 10.9 mm
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 7nm, Adreno 620 GPU
- RAM and Storage: 8GB RAM, 128GB UFS 2.1 Storage, Expandable up to 2TB.
- Rear Camera: 64MP (f/1.8, OIS, [email protected]) Main + 13MP (f/1.9) Ultra-Wide & 12MP (f/2.2) Ultra-Wide
- Front Camera: 32MP (f/1.9, [email protected]) Motorized pop-up Camera
- Battery: 4,000mAh, Quick Charge 4.0+
- Wireless Charging: Yes, 13W
- OS: Android 10, upgradeable to Android 11
- Others: MIL STD-810 G, IP54 Water & Dust Resistant, In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
- Colors: Aurora Grey and Illusion Sky
Overall, the LG Wing is an extremely innovative smartphone that would put a big smile on any tech enthusiast’s face. For a price of under Rs. 30,000, it’s a great buy for people who want to try the swivel design while having good cameras, 5G connectivity, and promised updates.
However, one must not forget that this ain’t an ordinary phone- it’s heavy, thick, and unconventional to use. Also, the lack of a high-refresh-rate screen can disappoint some. But if you can manage with the cons, it’s surely a deal worth going for.
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