About a week ago, Samsung launched the world’s first curved smartphone, the Galaxy Round, which is largely based on their Note 3. While the idea was neat, most of the world wondered what practical use it would be having. Samsung had debuted some novel features of the device, such as the ability to check any pending notifications when pressing down on the side of the device while it is lying down. Sensibly, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Round is merely a test of the smartphone market – to see whether people are interested by curved displays – and so they will only have a limited run of the Round.
Now, however, LG has also launched their own curved device – the LG G Flex. Based on the flagship G2, this device is curved on its horizontal axis, unlike the Galaxy Round, which is curved on the vertical axis. The main difference from the G2 is that the G Flex utilizes a curved 720p OLED display, with a diagonal length of 6 inches, taking it into phablet category. Just like the G2 however, the G Flex has a quad-core 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S800 running underneath the hood, with 2 GB of RAM, a 13 MP camera, and a slightly larger battery of 3,500 mAh. It still has the hotly debated rear power and volume buttons, which might be a better fit on this curved screen.
Instead of adding features to make the G Flex more appealing like Samsung did for their Round, LG have simply stated that the G Flex will offer better ergonomics when making phone calls, and provide a better movie experience. The G Flex does include a “swing lock screen” feature, which moves the wallpaper in response to tilting motion and produces different unlocking effects when the user touches different areas of the screen. Another feature lets users pinch from the lock screen to open certain multimedia apps directly.
What is more interesting than that, and perhaps even more interesting than the curved screen itself is that LG claims the device is “self-healing”, a little bit like Wolverine. There is a special protective film on the back cover is designed to get rid of scratches on the phone within minutes. Obviously until hands-on videos are released we cannot be sure of anything, so that is just a bold claim for now.
The disappointment is that just like the Galaxy Round, the G Flex will only be released for the South Korean market, and there is no word on an international launch.
What do you think about the G Flex? Useful curved screen, or useless gimmick? Perhaps the self-healing film caught your eye. Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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