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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.