In late 2013, LG first unveiled the G Flex, its first smartphone to feature a curved display, and now the sequel has debuted at CES.
The G Flex 2, which is set for release in Korea later this month, will come equipped with a Snapdragon 810 processor, and Octa-Core 64-bit capable CPUs optimized for Android 5.0. A 2.1 megapixel camera is stationed on the front, with a 13 megapixel shooter on the rear. More importantly, the curved screen from the first G Flex was improved: The display has been bumped up to 1080p, and the “self healing” back cover (which is said to fix nicks and scratches within 10 seconds) has been upgraded. Even the curves themselves are deeper. The first edition had a 700mm radius curved profile, but the G Flex 2 can shift from anywhere from 400mm to 700mm; across the front, back, sides, and edges. This allows users to shift from an “immersive viewing experience” (at 700mm) to a slighter curvature for easy pocket storage.
The G Flex 2 will also be stocked with software developed its curved screen, such as Gesture Shot (to “check your last shot immediately after taking a photo or selfie”) and Glance View (which shows the time, recent messages, and other select information via a swipe option on a curved part of the screen, even as the main display remains off). While the initial Korean release is set for this month, LG announced that the G Flex 2 will be released in other markets later this year. But at the moment, it’s on display at LG’s booth at CES – and we’ll have a full report once we test it.