LG G Flex Curved Screen Smart Phone Announced
Earlier this month Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Round – the ‘world’s first ever smart phone with a curved screen’. Today LG Electronics have announced the LG G Flex phone claiming it to be the ‘world’s first ‘real’ curved smartphone’!
Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Round, the G Flex screen curves vertically, rather than arcing from side to side, offering a more ergonomical design fitting the natural contours of the face more comfortably. Interestingly though the LG G Flex is said to be self healing, well the rear is anyway. As reported by the Korean manufacturer in its press release, the new curved phone has a ‘self healing’ coating on the back cover that enables it to repair light scratches, eliminating them in mere moments, an ability that has been compared to that of Wolverine out of X Men.
The curved plastic 6 inch 720p OLED HD display is slightly larger than that of the 5.7 ” display offered by the Galaxy Round by comparison but with a lower resolution and it shares some of the features of the company’s flagship device the LG G2, including the fact that the volume buttons are positioned on the rear, but it’s not as slim as Samsung’s Galaxy Round measuring 160.5 x 81.6 x 8.7 mm (0.8 mm thicker) and it weighs considerably more at 177g versus 154g.
The curved screen is said to offer better audio sound quality by increasing the sound level and overall a more impressive user experience however it is fixed at a curve and can not be bent or flexed despite being a ‘flexible’ OLED panel.
Powered by a 2.26 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor backed up with 2 GM of RAM, a 3,500 mAh battery and running on the Android platform v4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the LG G Flex appears to lack microSD card expansion to boost the available 32 GB of internal memory which is somewhat disappointing.
Sporting a 13 mega pixel auto focus camera with LED flash and 2.1 MP front facing camera, the G Flex phone enables multitasking with a ‘dual window’ mode and boasts a ‘swing lock screen’ feature that means the image on the locked screen adapts according to the orientation of the phone whilst at the same time offering different unlocking touch effects.
The LG G Flex is aimed at the South Korean market, likewise the Samsung Galaxy Round, and will be available from next month via the countries three major carries but whether the rest of us will get to see the new curved screen phone on our shelves any time soon we’ll just have to wait and see.