LG has officially announced the G Flex, the world’s second smartphone to feature a curved screen, thanks to the use of a flexible OLED display.
As leaks and rumors had previously revealed, the G Flex’s 6-inch display is curved along the horizontal axis, and the device is between 7.9 and 8.7mm thick at various points. Unfortunately, the G Flex’s huge screen has a rather low 720p resolution, which instantly makes it a less attractive device compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Round, its only competitor in the market at this point.
The rest of the hardware is pretty similar to LG’s current flagship, the G2 – there’s a 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera, 3,500mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The back of the G Flex has an amusing feature – it uses a special protective film that makes scratches on the device disappear within minutes, with LG comparing it to Wolverine from X-Men. Like the G2, the power and volume buttons reside on the back as well.
On the software side of things, the G Flex doesn’t seem to bring too many features to make use of that flexible display. There’s a “swing lock screen” feature, which moves the wallpaper in response to tilting motion and produces different unlocking effects when the user touches various areas of the screen, the option to pinch from the lock screen to open certain multimedia apps directly, and that’s it – LG says that the curved screen offers better ergonomics when making phone calls and a more enjoyable video experience (something Samsung mentioned as features of the Galaxy Round as well), but it looks like we’ll have to get our hands on the device before being able to judge how well all that works in real life.
Of course, that’s where the problem lies – like Samsung, LG isn’t planning on launching its curved smartphone outside its home country, so we’ll likely need to wait for the second generation of smartphones with flexible displays before they become more widely available. For now, they exist solely as prototype devices that will test market demand, and from what both Samsung and LG are offering, demand isn’t likely to be something to write home about.