When the first LG G Flex was unveiled, I didn’t really understand the idea behind it, but now looking at what the South Korean company has achieved with the second generation, I must say that it’s one of the smartphones that I like the most at the moment. By looking at what LG has done, the feeling is that the company has really listened to the criticism and has transformed it into real features.
The LG G Flex 2 gets launched with a smaller 5.5 inch display, which is a tad down from the 6-inch size the original handset featured. However, the resolution has been increased to 1080p. As a matter of fact, the LG G Flex 2 is the first smartphone to feature the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with an octa-core 2.0GHz CPU. To put it in other words, it comes with the best processing power that a kernel from Qualcomm can deliver at the moment.
The LG G Flex successor also features the self-healing back panel, but as LG details it in the video from below, it has been improved and now heals faster. While the original G Flex took about three minutes to heal, scratches will now disappear in about 10 seconds at room temperature.
The display is made out of a plastic OLED screen and there’s also a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 to protect against scratches. LG hasn’t improved just the self-healing back panel but also made the curved display on the G Flex 2 about 20% tougher. And if you come to think of it, if it happens to drop the smartphone with the face down, it will be more protected than a regular smartphone. Let’s have a look at some other features:
- 2GB of RAM
- 13 megapixel rear camera with dual LED true tone flash and OIS+ optical stabilization along with the laser auto focus technology
- 2.1 megapixel front facing shooter
- 16GB and 32GB versions along with the microSD card slot
- Connectivity options – 4G LTE, HSPA+ 21/42Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X) 4.1, NFC, SlimPort, A-GPS, GLONASS and USB 2.0
- Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box
- 3,000mAh battery with fast charge support (charges the phone to 50% in 40 minutes)
- Three new gesture controls – Gesture shot, Gesture View and Glance View.
LG said that the body is a combination of multiple curves ranging from 400mm to 700mm radius, making for an “immersive” experience. Also, thanks to its curve, the mic is positioned closer to the holder’s mouth, which should somehow help with the quality of your recordings and how well you sound to your collocutor.
The smartphone will be available in Platinum Silver and Flamenco Red color options and will go on sale in South Korea by the end of January, with a global launch to follow soon after that. At the moment we don’t know the official price, but if it will follow the tradition of the first generation, it won’t be for the average Joe.