A few hours after @evleaks revealed images of an LG smartphone with a curved display, the South Korean company made an official announcement of what it claims to be world’s first real curved smartphone.
The remark is obviously addressed to Samsung, the other South Korean company who recently announced the launch of Samsung Galaxy Round, a smartphone with a display that curves from side to side. The two companies started working on curved displays approximately at the same time, so it’s no surprise that they both launched relatively similar products within such a short timespan. Still, there is a very important difference between the two, namely the way in which they curve. As I mentioned in the article I wrote about Samsung Galaxy Round, it curves in an unexpected way, as everybody believed that it would do so from top to bottom. In other words, LG G Flex is pretty much what people had in mind when they were thinking about how Samsung’s curved display smartphones would look like.
LG also comes with an explanation as to why it decided to give the G Flex this shape. Apparently, the smartphone follows the natural curve of an average face. Such a curvature supposedly makes phone-calling an even more comfortable experience, by improving the quality of sound along with the position.
As seen in the following picture, the power button and the volume rocker are placed on the back of the smartphone, pretty much the same way as in the recently launched LG G2. In terms of technical specs, LG G Flex comes with a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13 MP rear camera and a 2.1 front one. Everything will be powered by a curved 3,500 mAh battery which explains why it was found a few weeks ago that LG was working on flexible batteries.
The 6-inch 720p OLED display is a bit of a disappointment, as most people would’ve expected a 1080p display at such a large diagonal. Practically, LG G Flex is a phablet with an unimpressive pixel density.
Another aspect worth mentioning is the self-healing capability of this 177-gram Android phablet. According to the manufacturer, small marks and scratches made on the back of the device disappear within minutes, but this doesn’t mean that people should become careless when it comes to the protection of their mobile devices.