The era of the curved smartphone is upon us. Why? I’m not 100 percent sure, but it looks different!
The LG G Flex is making its way to the United States, and besides being a curved smartphone – concave from top to bottom – it’s a flat-out impressive Android (4.2.2) device. It has a 6” OLED 1280 x 720 display, and is powered by a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2 GB of RAM. There’s also a 13 MP rear camera, a 2.1 MP front camera, and a 3,500 mAh curved battery that fits the contours of the phone. As for that curved screen, made possible by LG’s curved OLED technology, LG is saying you should be able to hear and be heard better on the G Flex, because the phone is designed to fit your face. And if the phone doesn’t fit your face? The LG G Flex is actually, well, flexible – you can bend the phone to fit you. That only works to an extent – LG says bending the phone to be flat will only work for a limited time – but a bendable phone is a remarkable achievement nonetheless. Whether or not it will be a useful achievement is up to whoever buys it.
The LG G Flex also has its share of LG-specific features, including an on/off button and volume control that are found on the rear of the device. KnockON, Slide Aside, and Qslide are all multitasking features, while QuickTheater summons up a bunch of entertainment apps. There’s also Dual Window, which gives you split-screen action on the phone’s 6” display. There’s even self-healing paint on the back, in case your phone gets scuffed up.
The LG G Flex will be coming to both AT&T and T-Mobile in a 32 GB model. The G Flex will be LTE-friendly for both telecoms. AT&T and T-Mobile will release pricing and availability information later, but you can expect the G Flex to arrive sometime during Q1 2014. In the meantime, you can try to figure out how you’re going to fit this into your skinny jeans.