LG G Flex, the curved smartphone from LG was revealed in Delhi recently and will be available in India only in February 2014.
The G Flex is a 6″ smartphone or a phablet and the curvy figure of the phone is what makes the phone so unique and attractive; the phone literally hugs your face. The South Korean manufacturer claims that the phone has been tested for its flexibility for up to 100 times with about 40 kilograms of weight putting on the device without damaging the G Flex’s screen.
There are a few unique offerings from this phone that justifies that the phone is more than just looks. The phone comes with a “dual window” mode that allows users to multitask better and also a “swing-lock screen” that keeps changing the device’s wallpaper depending on how the phone is held in users’ hands.
Another feature of the G Flex that has been creating a buzz worldwide is its self-healing back that has a protective film for the back panel. The phone claims to have a self-healing capability that reduces the scratches that appear on the phone because of the daily use of the phone. The special protective film on the back cover will ensure that the hairline scratches disappear within minutes.
The G Flex is powered by a quad-core 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) processor with an Adreno 330 GPU, and 2GB of RAM. The G Flex is powered by a 3,500mAh battery and weighs 177 grams. The G Flex sports a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. The G Flex has the same LG G2 UI layer on top of the G Flex.
The LG G Flex comes with 32GB inbuilt storage, which is non-expandable. The LG G Flex runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The LG G Flex also features the KnockON, which is LG’s version of double tap to unlock and even lock the smartphone. The G Flex also features rear physical keys for power and volume controls. LG has equipped the LED light on the rear power key which comes handy for notifications and while taking a selfie. The keys are metallic and offer good tactile feedback, very much like the LG G2. The volume-up button also doubles up as a shortcut key to launch the Quickmemo app on long press and the volume-down button acts as a camera shortcut key on long press when the phone is locked.
Other features on the G Flex include Slide Aside which is a way to multitask by moving between three apps at once via a three-finger swipe gesture; Guest mode, which allows you to create a guest mode with pre-selected apps for times when your friends or family want to use your phone; Dual Window, which divides the screen into two panels for multitasking and finally a feature called QTheater that allows users quick access to photos, videos and YouTube directly from the lockscreen just by dragging outwards along the curved surface with both fingers that gives direct access to gallery, videos and YouTube icons.
The only other smartphone to offer this kind of a design is the Samsung Galaxy Round. The curve on the Galaxy Round is different from the aspect of a smartphone. Both these curved phones made their debut in Korea and now are to hit Indian stores in February next year. Whoever comes first will get the first mover advantage. The LG G Flex comes with an innovative design borrowed from the G2 and a better battery. But which phone the users will appreciate that only time will tell.