With its curved, flexible screen and self-healing back cover, the G Flex is an unconventional phone, and LG has created a thoroughly unconventional commercial to tell you why it believes the G Flex is the “most human phone ever”.
What is the next big thing in mobile devices? 3D displays, 3D cameras, high megapixel cameras, 4k video, ultra high definition displays, fingerprint scanners, heart rate sensors? No one knows and that’s exactly the reason why we have products like the LG G Flex. It is a showcase, an experiment, created simply because the technology to make it possible exists. So how does the LG G Flex stack up as a phone?
UPDATE: It appears to be that the RM2,499 unit is a grey import AP set. IPMart has updated the warranty info to IPMart Warranty. Thanks Najib for the update in the comments!
The curvy LG G Flex appears to be officially available in Malaysia through its listing on online retailer IPMart. Usually they would mention “IPMart Warranty” for grey import AP sets but this one is listed with LG Warranty of 12 months. The G Flex is offered at RM2,499 which comes with 32GB storage.
As comparison, the grey imported units were initially offered at a rather pricey RM3,599. Just about a month ago, the LG has announced its global roll out of the device with our southern neighbour Singapore offering it at S$1,088 (approximately RM2,800).
The G Flex is Samsung’s curved smart phone rival for its Samsung Galaxy Round and it offers a rather high spec internals with a 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and a rather huge 3,500mAh battery. The front flexible display is a 6″ P-OLED unit but display resolution is a step down at HD 720p. It also gets a 13MP camera, 4G LTE support and a unique self healing back cover that protects it from minor stratches.
At RM2,499, the LG G Flex is RM100 more than the current Samsung Galaxy Note 3 flagship and having a curved display offers that extra exclusivity for those who’s looking for something different.
For more info, head over to IPMart’s LG G Flex product page.
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.
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 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?