Just days after Samsung announced the world’s first curved smartphone, the Galaxy Round, the rival South Korean company – LG has come out with its own curved-screen smartphone, the LG G Flex. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Round, the LG G Flex is curved along the horizontal axis, curved to follow the contour of the face.
Inside, it’s powered by a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.26GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, and a 3,500 mAh battery. The 6-inch 720p display is made from flexible OLED screen, but that doesn’t mean the phone itself is flexible. G Flex weighs 177g and is 7.9mm thick at its thinnest point.
According to LG, the G Flex uses “self-healing” technology through a special protective film on the back cover which is designed to get rid of scratches on the phone within minutes. We aren’t sure how exactly it works, but that’s definitely worth checking out. Much like the Samsung Galaxy Round, we don’t see much advantages with curved displays on the smartphone other than the unique aesthetic appeal. Having said that, G Flex does include a “swing lock screen” feature, which moves the wallpaper in response to tilting motion and produces different unlocking effects when the user touches different areas of the screen.
Similar to the LG G2 smartphone, the G Flex features the power and volume keys on the back. For now, LG will be releasing the G Flex in South Korea alone starting next month. Sadly, there isn’t any mention about its international release or pricing.