LG G Flex with 6 inch curved display officially announced, launch re-confirmed for next month
LG has officially unveiled the G Flex – its first smartphone to feature a curved display. The handset was announced in South Korea today, and will be commercially available there starting November, via all (three) mobile carriers.
The smartphone’s curved display is a 6 inch OLED one with 1280 x 720 pixels. That’s right, it’s not a Full HD screen, but an HD one. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is on board, joined by features like LTE-Advanced, NFC, 13MP rear camera, volume buttons on the back, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (MSM 8974), 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, and MicroSD card support. The G Flex is 7.9mm to 8.7mm thick, 160.5mm tall, and 81.6mm wide. It weighs 177 grams, including a 3,500 mAh curved battery.
Interestingly, the new handset comes with a “self-healing” feature (possibly using a special nano-coating) that will keep scratches away.
Just like Samsung’s Galaxy Round (which also sports a curved display, but a 5.7 inch Full HD one that’s curved on a different axis), the LG G Flex is likely going to be a Korea-only device for the beginning. There is no official word on how much the G Flex will cost.
LG hopes to gain 10% of the smartphone market share next year. It remains to be seen if handsets like the G Flex will help it reach this goal.
Later this week, LG should announce another new smartphone: the Nexus 5, which is, of course, made in collaboration with Google.