After Samsung, LG has joined the bandwagon of curved display technology, and launched today its first smartphone with curved display, known as LG G Flex. According to LG, The LG Flex will be available in Korea starting in November through all three major local carriers. Its availability in other markets will be announced thereafter. LG has also not disclosed the price of this device.
Since all the smartphones have reached the peak of the hardware capabilities in their flagship devices, they are now turning their focus on innovations in design. LG has taken the lead in introducing Rear Keys on its recently announced LG G2, and this unique feature is also available on G Flex. Samsung has taken the lead in introducing curved display smartphone and LG is not behind in this innovation.
The LG G Flex sports a 6-inch HD (1280 x 720) display, and is powered by a 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, an Adreno 330 GPU, and 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. As per LG, the display found in the G Flex is the world’s largest Plastic OLED (POLED) display developed and mass produced specifically for smartphones. The ultra-thin, ultra-light flexible POLED display and curved OLED panel are built on plastic substrates instead of glass, giving LG G Flex its unique shape and durability. The LG G Flex is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 2.1-megapixel rear camera. The G Flex weighs just 177 grams, and runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 OS.
LG has stated in the press releases that the curved battery packed in the in the G Flex is designed especially for this phablet and this technology, reduces the physical stress on the battery pack when in the curved form and provides better stability and performance. Despite its thin form, the LG G Flex battery has a capacity of 3,500mAh, enough power for more than a full day of use.
Compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Round curved smartphones, which is curved from side to side, the G Flex is curved from top-to bottom, and LG calls it vertically curved.’The vertically curved design of the LG G Flex reduces the distance between one’s mouth to the microphone when the device is held against the ear, as traditional telephone handsets used to. The LG G Flex employs a curvature arc that is optimized for the average face, to deliver improved voice and sound quality. The curved form increases the sound level by 3dB compared to typical flat smartphones. The curved design also offers a more reassuring grip and fits more comfortably in one’s back pocket. What’s more, in landscape mode, the display offers an IMAX-like experience, with the result being the most comfortable viewing angle for watching videos or playing games.
The LG G Flex is the first smartphone, which comes with “Self Healing” coating on the back cover. The elastic coating has the ability to recover from the daily wear-and-tear scratches and nicks that un-cased smartphones are likely to receive, keeping the G Flex looking newer longer.
The LG G Flex incorporates the new features such as KnockON, Guest Mode and Plug & Pop, which were first introduced in the LG G2. The other UX features include – QTheater, which gives users quick access to photos, videos and YouTube right from the lock screen; Swing Lockscreen for altering the image on the lockscreen depending on how the G Flex is held; Camera Timer, which flashes the Rear Key LED to indicate that the countdown has begun; Urgent Call Alert, which flashes the LED on the Rear Key in red when several consecutive calls from the same person go unanswered, and Dual Windows for multitasking with two separate windows.
This device will be available in Titan Silver color only.