A year after debuting their first curved smartphone, the G Flex, at CES 2014, LG is introducing the follow-up at CES 2015. The LG G Flex 2 is smaller, stronger, and much more powerful, even if we’re still not totally sure why it’s curved. But hey, distinctiveness is its own reward.
Impressively, the LG G Flex 2 will run Android 5.0 out of the box, making it one of the first non-stock Android phones to run Lollipop. The processor and display have gotten considerable upgrades—the phone now has the very powerful octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC running the show, while the 5.5″ (down from 6″ on the G Flex) screen is now a P-OLED 1920 x 1080 resolution display protected by DuraGuard glass. The camera is the same 13 MP offering from last year’s model, with laser auto-focus, dual LED Flash, and optical image stabilization plus added on.
Physically, the back of the phone features Advanced Self-Healing that repairs scratches on its own. As for the curve, it’s still along the horizontal axis, as with its predecessor, but LG isn’t emphasizing bending as much as last year, so it seems like this is to be marketed as a curved smartphone first and foremost.
The battery inside has shrunk from 3,500 mAh to 3,000 mAh, which probably reflects the phone’s shift from 6″ to 5.5″. Fast charging ensures that you can get a 50 percent charge on 40 minutes of charging, which is hugely convenient and will help mitigate battery life concerns if the G Flex 2 doesn’t quite have all-day battery life.
So far, the LG G Flex 2 is only confirmed for AT&T. We know it’ll be available in a 32 GB model (with a microSD card slot), but LG hasn’t yet announced pricing or availability.