The LG G Flex has been one of the most talked about handsets of recent months. Along with the Samsung Galaxy Round, it is among the first handheld devices to deploy a curved OLED display. As the name implies, the G Flex carries quite a bit more flexibility than your average smartphone. Unfortunately, LG wasn’t able to show off that aspect of the handset when we caught up with them at CES Unveiled, but we still got to spend some quality time with the G Flex.
Sharing some common ground with the LG G2, other than the curved design the G Flex most prominently features home and volume buttons positioned on the back of the device. As with the G2, this enables a number of special functions, including a camera timer alert for capturing high-quality selfies with the device’s 13MP camera.
The 6-inch curved HD (720p) display is more than just a gimmick. It actually looks quite impressive in terms of image reproduction. With so many beautiful displays available on today’s mobile devices, the adjectives to describe them are wearing a bit thin. Still, it would be easy to imagine a screen that opted for a plastic, curved design would sacrifice something along the line. That does not seem to be the case here.
Other specs include a 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, and LTE support. The flexibility of the device, which helps maintain a degree of durability, is complimented by a self-healing back. We weren’t able to get a demo of this technology in person, either, but LG has demonstrated previously the G Flex’s ability to recover from mild scratches.
The G Flex is already available in Korea and a few other Asian locates and should be available in Europe soon, but LG has made no announcements regarding a launch in other regions. It’s a worthy device to see a wider release. Fingers crossed that is a possibility.
Update: At a press conference this morning it was announced that the LG G Flex will be available before the end of Q1 for AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the US.