First up was the rumoured flexible display phone with self healing body. Yes, this is not out of Sci-Fi movie but a reality now and we held it in our hands. It’s a surreal piece of technology and with the launches this year, LG has proved that the shift of forward thinking and implementation of future technology is their forte.
With stunning products like Optimus G Pro, G2 and now the G Flex. LG is going on breaking all the benchmarks in technology. With that let’s visit the first marvel of the day – the much anticipated curved display smartphone, the G Flex. Though it was just the revealing of the device and the actual device will be available in India in February 2014. Also, there was no mention of the India pricing of the G Flex at the event or in the release but Amit Gujral, General Manager at LG Electronics, said the phone can be expected to be priced between Rs. 60,000 and Rs. 65,000, depending on the INR-Dollar conversion rate at that time.
The specs of the LG G Flex are:
– Display: 6-inch HD (1280 x 720), Curved P-OLED (Real RGB)
– Memory: 2GB LP DDR3 RAM / 32GB eMMc
– Camera: Rear 13.0MP / Front 2.1MP
– Battery: 3,500mAh (curved & embedded)
– Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
– Size: 160.5 x 81.6 x 7.9 – 8.7mm
– Weight: 177g
– Connectivity: BT 4.0 / USB 3.0 compatible / WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) / NFC
– Colour: Titan Silver with self healing back
As you must have read in the specs above the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean-based G Flex is powered by a quad-core 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) processor with an Adreno 330 GPU, and 2GB of RAM. Like its sibling LG G2, It features a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 2.1-megapixel rear camera. The G Flex is powered by world’s first 3,500mAh curved battery, weighing only 177 grams, and 7.9mm at its thinnest, while being 8.7mm at its thickest.
The beautiful 6-inch curved OLED display also built on plastic substrates instead of glass, lets you bend the device and also lets it take a load of 40 Kgs. The display features Real RGB technology to provide all three sub-pixels in one pixel.
LG has taken the tech world off its feet with the G Flex’s ‘self-healing’ coating on the back cover, an elastic coating that supposedly has the ability to recover from the daily wear-and-tear scratches and nicks that uncased smartphones are likely to receive.
Apart from the ‘Rear Keys’ introduced with the G2, the LG G Flex also incorporates the some new user interface features, such as QTheater for quick access to photos, videos and YouTube from the lock screen; Dual Window for multitasking with two windows; Swing Lockscreen for a dynamic lockscreen image based on the way the phone’s held; as well as three Rear Key LED indicators – Face Detection, Camera Timer and Urgent Call Alert.
As the management of LG electronics quoted ”The future of technology is curved and wearable gadgets” we are looking forward to some more surprises at the CES next year. Also to be noted is that at the moment only Korean phone makers LG and Samsung have launched curved display smartphones. Though both curved in a different way, the Samsung Galaxy Round that curves from left to right, LG’s G Flex goes orthogonally from top to bottom. And that’s why the G Flex more sense, as it’s curved naturally and not just for the sake of it.