October 28, 2013
LG Announces G Flex – Its New Curved Smartphone
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe OnlineAndroid smartphones of today, including a 13-megapixel camera, a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Unlike its recent curved competitor, however, it is bent from top to bottom in hopes to make it more comfortable to use as an actual phone. Both companies have been racing to deliver curved or flexible displays to market first, either in a television or a smartphone.
Though neither phone is completely flexible or “bendable,” they do represent the most significant curve in a smartphone display to date. Other phones, such as Google’s Galaxy Nexus, also developed by Samsung, has featured a slightly curved display meant to fit the contours of the human face.
The G-Flex screen covers six inches from top to bottom, delivering a 720p viewing experience. Weighing in at 6.2 ounces, the G-Flex ranges anywhere from 7.9 to 8.7 mm in thickness along its curved body. Its housing encases a specially designed curved battery and a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. It’s also said to have a dual window mode that allows the phone to run more than one app at once. The G-Flex is also aware of its position and how it’s being held and will change the appearance of the lock screen and the wallpaper depending on how it’s positioned.
The self-healing back, perhaps the only feature more interesting than the curved display itself, is said to repair any “light scratches” in mere minutes by way of a special film applied to the back. The same film, it seems, is not applied to the front of the G-Flex.
The official LG press release doesn’t say where in the world the phone will be available, but gives a tentative release date of “November.” By comparison, Samsung’s curved phone, called the Galaxy Round, will only be available in Korea, a move that Samsung claims is meant to gauge interest.
Shortly after the Samsung Galaxy Round was announced, many tech writers and pundits began to question the purpose of such a display. According to a video released by Samsung, the curved nature of the thing is integral to two new features in the Galaxy Round. When lying flat on a table, a locked Round can be tilted towards the user to check the date, time and any missed calls. When the Round is playing music, it can be rocked back and forth to advance to the next song or go back to the previous track.
Upon its introduction, industry analyst Jeff Kagan mocked the Round’s unique form factor and asked publicly if anyone planned to buy such a phone.
“The last major transformation was six years ago when the Apple iPhone and Google Android were born,” wrote Kagan in a press statement. “We are all waiting for the next big hurrah. But curved screens? Is this Candid Camera? What’s next, fuzzy glass?”