LG Electronics has swung into the curved smartphone market with the launch of its LG G Flex. Surfacing on the heels of Samsung's Galaxy Round, which curves horizontally, the LG G Flex curves vertically, and the shape is optimized for the average face, according to the company. The design apparently boosts voice and sound quality while improving grip.
The vertical curve of the LG Flex brings the microphone closer to the user's mouth. The G Flex is the first smartphone with a self-healing coating on the back, LG claimed. The elastic coating supposedly can repair scratches.
The G Flex adopts the Rear Key system of the LG G2, with control buttons positioned on the rear of the device below the 13-megapixel camera. Along with the curved 6-inch, 1,280 by 720-pixel OLED screen, the front of the device includes a 2.1-megapixel camera.
It runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and weighs 177 g. The G Flex is powered by a 2.26 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and 2 GB of RAM, with 32 GB of eMMC storage.
The curved battery, said to be the world's first, has a capacity of 3,500 mAh — enough power for more than a full day's use, LG asserted.
The G Flex features a Dual Window mode for multitasking across two windows; quick access to photos, videos, and YouTube directly from the lock screen; and an "IMAX-like" experience when viewing videos and playing games in landscape mode.
The device includes LTE, HSPA+, and GSM network options, with near-field communication connectivity and USB 3.0 compatibility. It will only be available in a single color, "Titan Silver," at launch.