This week LG announced its first completely curved smartphone, the new G Flex. Coming just a couple of weeks after Samsung announced a similar phone (although Samsung’s phone curves around a vertical axis, while LG’s phone curves around a horizontal one), the LG G Flex is designed to pack a larger, 6-inch display into the same physical space that a smaller one may occupy.
LG claims that the new phone hearkens to the age when all phones were curved – think 80s and earlier – but, you know, way…smarter. As a result, the audio input hits 3 decibels louder than a “typical flat smartphone.” LG goes on to say that the G Flex offers an IMAX-like experience, which is completely and utterly ludicrous, but I won’t deny that the content may feel more immersive than an equivalent, 6-inch flat phone.
The curved display inspired LG to come up with some new software tweaks to take advantage of the new phone’s physicality.
Like the G2, the G Flex features a controversal rear power button, along with a multi-function LED. The LED’s function changes depending upon what invokes it – including one neat feature that rapidly blinks a red LED if you miss multiple calls from the same number. It’s a clever way to make sure you don’t miss important info in an emergency situation.
Inside of the G Flex is a legitimately curved display. You might be reminded of Samsung’s Nexus S or Galaxy Nexus, which both featured a curved surface, but in each case it was a flat display connected to a curved piece of glass. The G Flex marks the commercial introduction of LG’s curved plastic OLED panels.
Thanks to the plastic substrates upon which LG builds these displays, it’s possible that the G Flex may be less prone to catastrophic damage (though the glass cover with digitizer is, of course, not immune.
LG’s engineers also invented a new kind of curved batteries to fit behind the display. The G Flex’s battery should power you through long video or gaming sessions with its large, 3,500 mAh capacity. LG claims more than a full day of use. Dual Window enables split-screen functionality, akin to the Galaxy Note or Microsoft’s Aero Snap software.
LG G Flex Specifications:
- 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 will be selling the G Flex starting in Korea next month with all “major local carriers.” Other markets and regions will follow at a later time.