While it comes as no surprise, LG have finally taken the wraps off the LG G Flex, their first offering to the very rare world of curved smartphones. While Samsung have already announced the Galaxy Round, and it curves horizontally, the LG G Flex actually curves supports a vertical curve, which follows the contour of the face more closely. More than the new design, it also offers other innovations from LG, with a new display and battery. It also boasts a new User Experience, that takes advantage of the curved form factor. However, the best of it all is probably the fact that it comes with a ‘self healing’ back. A special kind of material which should heal in case it gets scratched.
“The LG G Flex is the best representation yet of how a smartphone should be curved,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The LG G Flex with its distinctive design, innovative hardware and consumer-centric UX represents the most significant development in the smartphone space since smartphone became part of our regular vocabulary.”
Some of the features of this phone are as follows:
- Curved to fit your face better. The new shape gives up to 3db more sound.
- The curved shape will also give you an IMAX like experience when you watch videos on it.
- Features the same rear key as is on the G2.
- 6 inch display is the world’s largest POLED (Plastic OLED) display, gives you a sharper image, has all the three pixels (red/blue/green) in one, and is brighter. The hardware also makes it thinner.
- A curved battery, boasting 3500 mAh.
- Self Healing back, that can recover from daily wear and tear, keeping your phone looking new for longer.
- UX features, such as KnockON, Guest Mode and Plug & Pop, which were positively received when first introduced in the LG G2, can also found in the LG G Flex.
- The LG G Flex also includes an array of new UX features:
– QTheater gives users quick access to photos, videos and YouTube right from the lock screen. By touching the screen and dragging outward along the curved surface with both fingers, the apps appear with the effect of theater curtains being drawn.
– Dual Window divides the wide 6-inch screen into two separate windows for more effective multitasking.
– Swing Lockscreen alters the image on the lockscreen depending on how the G Flex is held.
– Face Detection Indicator displays the LED on the Rear Key in green to confirm status of face detection and focus.
– Camera Timer flashes the Rear Key LED to indicate that the countdown has begun.
– Urgent Call Alert flashes the LED on the Rear Key in red when several consecutive calls from the same person go unanswered.
There is no news on availability in the UK, and no news on the price either. It will be available in Korea from November.
A quick look at the specs:
Key Specifications (Korean Version):
– 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