LG is finally making its curved G Flex smart phone available outside South Korea. As part of its global roll out, Singapore & Hong Kong will be among the first to receive it this month. So far no word on Malaysia but LG says that availability for other key Asian markets will be announced by end of this month. Hopefully we could be getting it in the next month or so.
In Singapore, the LG G Flex will be available on their 3 telcos with pre-orders starting this Sunday on 8th December. It will officially go on sale on 21st December at S$1,088 which is RM2,797 with current exchange rates. For those that pre-ordered, LG is also giving out LG Vest Cover & Bluetooth headset worth S$226 combined. Although the RM2,797 price tag is expensive, it is still much cheaper than the RM3,599 asking price of our local grey import retailers.
To recap, the G Flex is LG’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy Round in an attempt to showcase their curved smart phone capabilities. At the front, it features a flexible 6″ P-OLED display which pushes a moderate HD 720p while at the back, it comes with a flexible high capacity 3,500mAh battery. Powering the device is a top notch 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, mated with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage. There’s a 13MP main camera and over at the back, it features the same rocker buttons that’s also found on its LG G2 flagship.
In addition, the LG G Flex also offers a one of a kind “Self-Healing” feature which automatically heals its plastic back from light scuffing. You can check out the demo of its Self-healing feature here and here.
The LG G Flex comes with a flexible curved display and unique Self-Healing feature for its back cover. To find out if the unique combination would survive a fall, the guys at Android Authority had conducted a drop test with a brand new G Flex.
With a curved design, it looks like the display could be better protected. However upon impact on the sides, the glass starts to crack with fine crack lines running to the middle. As for the back, the impact left a couple of deep marks which does look better after a while but there’s no way it can heal itself when it comes to extreme damage. Overall the self-healing feature is good enough for minor scratches and normal wear-and-tear.
If you fancy of getting one, some grey importers in Malaysia are currently selling the G Flex for RM3,599. To recap on the specs, the G Flex comes with a curved 6″ HD 720p display and runs on the latest 2.3GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB.
Watch the LG G Flex drop test video after the break.
The LG G Flex is a Korea only model at the moment but if you want to get your hands on one, you can. For RM3,599, you can own what LG claims is the world’s first real curved smartphone available from grey importers directd here.
Being a grey import, you can forget about an official warranty from LG. So take this as fair warning that whatever you buy that’s not officially available in Malaysia, you’re pretty much on your own if things go south.
So what do you get for RM3,599? Well for starters, LG says the pronouncedly curved shape of the G Flex brings tangible benefits over a conventional flat device. This includes a reduction in the distance between the users mouth and device’s microphone and an increase in audio output by 3db. On top of this, LG claims that the G Flex’s display when viewed in landscape mode offer an “IMAX-like experience” during video playback and gaming.
However, while most smart phones today including the the Samsung Galaxy Round — other curved screen smartphone which is also available here — offers Full HD 1080p resolution, the G Flex falls short with the 6-inch display pushing out only 720p resolution. In terms of pixel density G Flex on the low side by today’s standards at just 245 ppi.
The LG G Flex is a rather unique device which not only comes with a curved display but boasts one of a kind self healing feature on its back cover. Earlier on, LG has released an official video of its back cover being scratched consistently within a controlled environment.
So how would LG G Flex’s self healing feature fare in real life? Someone has gotten a unit and managed to scratch it with a key and even a knife. Interestingly temperature does seem to play a role in order for its self healing properties to kick in. This shouldn’t be a problem for our rather warm climate if the LG G Flex is made available here.
Watch the full video after the break.
The current Nexus 10 which is developed by Samsung is expected to be replaced soon with a new Nexus 10 2014 edition that runs on with the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. Surprisingly LG is said to be manufacturer of the newer model and its images and specs have been leaked ahead of imminent launch.
The surfaced details reveal that the new Nexus 10 will come with a 10″ IPS display that does 2560×1600 which pushes the same pixel density of last year’s 300 ppi (pixels per inch). Powering the device is the latest 2.3GHz Snapdragon processor and comes with 3GB of RAM, making this a direct rival to the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014).
From Tesco UK Nexus 10 product page brief appearance, the new tablet is listed as having a 10MP rear camera and 4MP front camera. The numbers are rather odd and do note that this could be unconfirmed specs details prior to release. Even its purported 200mm width and 117mm height is questionable as it is similar to its smaller Nexus 7 dimensions.
The current Nexus 10 isn’t really a popular device and it wasn’t launched officially in Malaysia. Some online retailers such as IPmart have been doing grey-imports for the tablet and now they are doing a clearance sale at RM1,099 for its 16GB WiFi version. It retains the same high resolution 2560×1600 10″ display but it is powered with a dual-core 1.7GHz Exynos 5250 processor and 2GB of RAM.
Update: IPMart is selling the 32GB international LTE version of the Nexus 5 for RM1,849 while TechBug is selling the 16GB international LTE version for RM1,599. (Hat tip to Jesus and hazzery from the comments for the updates)
Good news, the Nexus 5 is available in Malaysia. Bad news, it’s not official from LG and it’s expensive.
A popular seller on Lelong.com have the Nexus 5 in stock but you must know that the unit being sold are gray imports which means you’re not going to get any warranty from LG. The seller is asking for RM1,999 for the 16GB LTE version. That’s a bit pricey considering that for about RM100 more you could get probably the best Android smartphone in the market right now — the Galaxy Note 3 — for around RM2,100 (Samsung warranty) from some online sellers. Also, the 16GB Nexus 5 retails for US$349 in the US and that’s about RM1,200 according to today’s conversion rate. That’s an astonishing RM800 premium over the US list price. Even if you factor in delivery cost from the US, the price from this Lelong.com seller is still rather exorbitant.
Manufactured by LG, the Nexus 5 features a 4.95-inch 1080p display with Gorilla Glass 3 and a top-of-the-line 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB RAM. In terms of cameras, you get a 1.3MP front shooter and a 8MP at the rear complete with optical image stabilisation. Google has also packed in wireless charging capabilities, LTE, NFC and a 2,300mAh battery. Unlike the all-glass Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 has a more conventional plastic back panel.
And of course the Nexus 5 is powered by Google’s latest and greatest Android version to date — 4.4 KitKat. Google engineers have designed KitKat so that it can run on the most basic of devices with as little as 512MB of RAM. With KitKat, the operating system’s memory footprint has been reduced considerably by removing unnecessary background services and reducing the memory consumption of features that you use all the time. RAM is usually one of the most expensive parts of a smartphone and by allowing its latest version of Android to run with less RAM, Google is opening up possibilities for manufacturers to expand their low-end market offerings with new features.
You check the seller’s listing of the Nexus 5 here.
LG’s first curved display smart phone, the G Flex will be available in Korea tomorrow. Claiming to be the true first curved smart phone, the G Flex does pack a couple of interesting new features. While the screen curves at an opposite direction compared to its rival Galaxy Round, LG claims to offer a better cinematic experience with its IMAX like display. The 6″ flexible display pushes a HD 720p resolution and internally it runs on 2.26GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
Juicing up the G Flex is a flexible 3,500mAh battery and the back surface is protected with its very own “Self Healing” feature. LG has released a video showing how Self Healing works with a machine simulating scratches consistently. Fast forward a couple of minutes later, you can see how the scratches vanishes without a trace.
LG has mentioned that they are in the midst of making the G Flex available internationally but without mentioning any dates. If you fancy a curved smart phone right now, the grey import Samsung Galaxy Round is currently sold in Malaysia for RM3,399.
Watch the LG G Flex Self Healing video after the break along with their teaser launch video.
The folks at iFixit has gotten their hands on a Nexus 5 and it is time for another round of smart phone tear down. While the body construction uses plastic as opposed to a more premium glass on the Nexus 4, the new device is praised with a high repairability close.
The Nexus 5 uses plastic clips to attach its back cover while using just a little bit of adhesive to keep it securely in place. Most of its components including the motherboard and various modules such as headphone jack and speakers are easily removable thanks to its minimal use of glue. On the downside, the only complication is its 4.95″ Full HD screen which is fused together with its front glass.
Watch the tear down review video after the break.
The curved LG G Flex is now official in Korea, boasting it as the world’s first real curved smart phone. While the Samsung Galaxy Round is curved horizontally, the G Flex curves vertically like the Nokia 8110 “Banana Phone” with similar design as the Galaxy Nexus. The device was leaked with clear details last week.
With this curved shape, the G Flex offers more design benefits such as reduction of distance between the mouth and microphone while audio loudness is increased by 3db compared to typical flat designed smart phones. In addition, the display in landscape mode claims to offer an IMAX-like experience for video playback and gaming. LG has mentioned that this is a perfect fit in a back pocket but reality is that most of us would be keeping their phones over at the front.
The 6″ display on the G Flex is the largest Plastic OLED display that’s plastic base instead of using glass. The P-OLED display claims to be brighter and precise as it uses real RGB that contains all 3 sub-pixels in one pixel. Meanwhile its battery developed by LG Chem is the first ever curved battery that carries a rather huge 3,500mAh capacity.
While most smart phones today including the curved Galaxy Round offers Full HD resolution, the G Flex 6″ display falls short by offering a notch down 720p resolution of 1280×720. In pixel density terms, the G Flex offers a rather low 245 ppi (pixels per inch).
Since most phones are rather prone to drops and scratches, the LG G Flex introduces a new feature called Self Healing. Yes it sounds like a Sci-Fi feature and LG claims that its special coating is able to recover itself from typical daily scratches and nicks.
The LG G Flex also carries similar features from the LG G2 such as Knock on and the rear mounted key buttons with colour illumination. In terms of hardware, it packs a capable 2.26GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It also packs a 13MP rear camera with a 2MP front facing unit along with 4G LTE support including LTE Advance. Overall, it weighs 177 grams and has a thickness of 8.7mm.
Head after the break for its official press images.
Thanks to Argentinian TV station Telefe, we now have the first hand-on look at the G Flex, LG’s latest yet-to-be-announced that features a pronouncedly curved 6-inch OLED display. Like LG’s current flagship smartphone, the G2, the G Flex, is seen with rear-mounted buttons and is said to feature the same 13 megapixel rear camera as well. You can also expect the same internal hardware as the G2 with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.
Little else is known about the still unannounced G Flex but the source says that a launch is close starting with South Korea as early as next month but other than that it is not known if the device will be available elsewhere. If you want to see more of the G Flex, check out the hand-on video right after the jump
In any case, we’re not sure if curved screen devices provide any real tangible performance or practical benefit other than looking cool. And is it just us or does the G Flex remind you of the Galaxy Nexus?