LG G Flex: What you need to know about LG's curvy smartphone
The LG G Flex has now been unveiled and as expected it features an pioneering 6 inch curved display. LG's Android smartphone also has a high-end specification and a case which can self-repair scratches and nicks. Undoubtedly, it's one of the most innovative devices unveiled this year.
The smartphones curved display is made by possible using LG's Flexible OLED display technology. It's been designed to match the contours of a users face by curving from top-to bottom - differing entirely from the curved display featured on Samsung's Galaxy Round which curves from side-to-side.
What are the benefits of the LG G Flex's curved display?
According to LG, the G Flex's curved display offers improved voice-calling by enabling the the microphone to be held closer to a users mouth. A users' ear also sits closer to the speaker improving sound-quality - with the sound level also boosted by 3dB compared to conventional smartphones.
We're most excited by the curved display's multimedia potential. When the smartphone is held in landscape mode it'll deliver an IMAX-like experience - offering a more immersive and comfortable viewing. LG also added that the curved design offers a 'more reassuring grip and fits more comfortably in one's back pocket'.
One of the only downsides with LG's curved display is that it only runs at a 720p resolution (1280*720 pixels) - rather than a full HD 1080p offering. That's likely to change in the future smartphone releases, as the technology continues to evolve.
Self-repairing high-end Android smartphone
The innovations don't end with the display because the LG G Flex is also capable of 'Self Healing'. The back cover of the smartphone features a special elastic coating enabling it to repair 'daily wear-and-tear scratches and nicks'. In the official press release LG have likened the G Flex's healing technology to Wolverine from the X-Men series.
The technology won't be able to work its magic on deeper scratches or more serious damage, but it's still a great addition that will keep your smartphone looking new for longer.
Even without any of LG's innovations the LG G Flex is an impressive device. It's powered by a 2.26 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, has 2GB of RAM and a 13 mega-pixel camera. LG's smartphone comes pre-loaded with Android Jelly Bean and is a full-connected device supporting: 4G LTE, LTE Advanced, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and NFC.
You can checkout the full specification of the LG G Flex below.
LG G Flex Specs
- Chipset: 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm? Snapdragon™ 800 (MSM 8974)
- GPU: Adreno 330, 450MHz
- Display: 6-inch HD (1280 x 720), Curved P-OLED (Real RGB)
- Memory: 2GB LP DDR3 RAM / 32GB eMMc
- Camera: Rear 13.0MP / Front 2.1MP
- Battery: 3,500mAh (embedded)
- Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
- Size: 160.5 x 81.6 x 7.9 - 8.7mm
- Weight: 177g
- Network: LTE-A / LTE / HSPA+ / GSM
- Connectivity: BT 4.0 / USB 3.0 compatible / WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) / NFC
- Color: Titan Silver
- Other: TDMB / Hi-Fi 24bit, 192kHz Playback
LG G Flex Release Date and Price
The LG G Flex will go on sale in Korea next month and will be available to all of the countries 3 major operators. No news on whether it'll launch Internationally, but we've got our fingers crossed for a UK launch.
We've also got no idea how much it'll cost, but it's a high-end device with pioneering technology - therefore, it won't come cheap and we'd surprised if it was priced under £550.
By Simon Thomas on 28th October, 2013