A smartphone with curves
Is the era of flat smartphones coming to an end? Probably not, though we do expect an influx of handsets with curved screens. One of those devices is the LG G Flex, supposedly the first device to offer a 6-inch curved display to follow the contour of the face. To complement the curved design, LG said it built a new user experience to take advantage of the form factor's unique features.
"The LG G Flex is the best representation yet of how a smartphone should be curved," said Dr. Jong-seok Park , president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "The LG G Flex with its distinctive design, innovative hardware and consumer-centric UX represents the most significant development in the smartphone space since smartphone became part of our regular vocabulary."
According to LG, the vertically curved design of the G Flex reduces the distance between a user's mouth to the microphone when it's held against the ear, similar in concept to the arch design of old telephones. In doing so, the G Flex should, in theory, offer superior voice and sound quality, as well as increase the sound level by a full 3dB compared to typical flat smartphones.
In landscape mode, LG says the G Flex offers a similar viewing experience as that of an IMAX theater.
Another unique feature is a "Self Healing" coating on the back cover. LG says the elastic coating can recover from scratches and dings from daily use, keeping the G Flex looking newer for longer.
As for specifications, the G Flex boasts a 6-inch HD curved P-OLED display (1280x720), 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 32GB eMMC, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 13MP rear-facing camera, USB 3.0, NFC, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3,500 mAh battery (non-removable), and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
The LG G Flex will be available in Korea next month. No word on price or when/if it will be available in the U.S.