LG G Flex : The Flexible Smartphone

Written By Mekhels Linxets on Thursday, November 7, 2013 | 2:29 PM

For those who thought that the LG G Flex had a somewhat misleading name, or was LG’s attempt to cash in on the demand for a flexible screen, we now have video proof that the device is aptly named. A 14 second video shows how the phone does indeed flex when pressure is applied to the phone The key thing here is that enough pressure has to be applied that you wouldn’t want to do this to your phone often because of the risk of breaking the screen.
Before you even notice the curve, you’ll be taken aback by the sheer size of the G Flex. At six inches from corner to corner, the display beats out colossal rivals such as the HTC One Max despite having a comparatively low 720p resolution. While LG says the curvature of the screen makes viewing movies more “immersive,” the size is likely to play a far stronger role in achieving that goal. In general use, we didn’t find that the curve made much of a positive or negative impact either way.

The combination of the size (6 inches) and the resolution (720 x 1280) results in a rather low 245ppi pixel density, compared to today’s high-end models. But the phone does provide some horsepower with a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 under the hood. 2GB of RAM keeps the multi-taskers happy and there is 32GB of storage on board. Did we mention the 32MP rear snapper, or the 2.1 front-facing one? A hefty 3500mAh cell keeps the display lit and Android 4.2.2 is pre-installed.

Resolution aside, the display itself is as high quality as we’ve come to expect from LG in other regards. We found the G Flex impossible to use one-handed, however, and the screen’s shape makes the phone even more difficult to pocket, if anything. Next to a Samsung Galaxy Nexus , which placed slightly curved glass in front of a standard OLED display, the arc is far more pronounced; this is thanks to LG’s flexible OLED and curved battery technology.

Otherwise, the industrial design is little to write home about: the G Flex looks just like a blown-up G2. Unfortunately we were unable to test the phone’s most outlandish feature — its “self-healing” back cover — as LG representatives wouldn’t let us scratch the device. As such, all we have to say about the phone’s plastic build is that the “Titan Silver” finish is slippery and incredibly prone to picking up fingerprints.

The LG G Flex has its volume and power buttons on the back, similar to the LG G2, and the self healing material on the back of the phone can help it self-repair hairline scratches. And yes, it does flex. To see it do so, click on the video below.

Ultimately the G Flex comes off as a proof-of-concept as much as anything. Although flexible screens may play a big role in the future, it’s hard to consider phones like the G Flex and Samsung’s Galaxy Round an effective application of the technology. LG isn’t even attempting to position the G Flex’s display as an innovation that fundamentally enhances the smartphone experience — instead, the device is likely to appeal only to those who appreciate the tweaked form factor. And even if that’s you, you might be out of luck; the G Flex comes out in South Korea on November 12th, but nothing has been announced for other regions.
Orginal by : techzavvy