LG has provided the first public acknowledgement of its rumored â€œWingâ€ handset, said to be a device with two screens in a swiveling form factor. A teaser video posted to YouTube hints at the sliding mechanism and serves as an invitation to an announcement event on September 14th.
In a separate press release, LG says the new device will be part of an initiative and product category it calls the Explorer Project. The project is intended to â€œdeliver much-needed curiosity and excitement to the mobile sector,â€ LG says, and â€œwill focus solely on new usability that is discovered with innovative designs.â€ The recently released Velvet, meanwhile, will form part of LGâ€™s â€œUniversal Line.â€
Reporting on the Wing so far has indicated that itâ€™ll have one screen behind another that can be rotated 90 degrees horizontally, resulting in a T-shaped dual-screen device. Possible use cases could be watching widescreen video in what would feel like one-handed portrait orientation, or â€” as alleged leaked footage recently showed â€” allowing for full-screen driving navigation with music controls off to the side.
Todayâ€™s announcement suggests that LG is willing to get weird in an attempt to differentiate itself in the crowded mobile market. Weâ€™ll be watching along at 10AM ET on September 14th to find out more.