LG G Flex hands-on

LG gave a select few of us a chance to take part in the initial roll out of the new G Flex smartphone. This device sets some new standards in how we look at technology, and to an extent, it is the first step in what we have seen in science fiction and “prototype” displays at various trade shows over the years.

Already available in Korea, the LG G Flex, stands alone as a flexible device with a self-healing back plate. The culmination of three years of dedicated effort, LG contends that by 2018, physically flexible devices will account for upwards of 40% of the market.

We have already seen the G Flex through various media channels through its release in Korea, now we get to show you some bits and pieces up close and personal. Despite its 6-inch display, placing this device squarely in the “phablet” category, the G Flex is extremely comfortable to hold. Its curved design is not so much of a gimmick either. Plus LG has packed some other neat features into this new device.

To handle the basics, under the hood is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip providing 2.26GHz of processing power along with an Adreno 330 GPU. The display is a 6-inch 1280x720 curved P-OLED (Plastic, Real RGB) panel. Do not get distracted by the resolution, it looks great, and with all the horsepower driving things, its performance is impeccable.

There is 2GB of RAM along with 32GB of storage. The battery is a beefy 3,500mAh. The main camera is 13MP without optical image stabilization. The front facing camera is 2.1MP for video chat and taking selfies. Those that want to use the main camera for taking pictures are in luck, the camera features a face recognition indicator. When you point the main camera at your face, the power/lock button provides an LED indicator when it picks up your face, yellow means you are getting warm, green means the camera is ready.

In Korea, the LG G Flex is LTE-A compatible. No US carrier announcements were made, nor was any potential release date or pricing indicated. Since AT&T and Verizon at least have expressed plans to have LTE-A available within the next year, we suspect a US bound G Flex would support LTE-A. Given the unsubsidized price of the G Flex in Korea, roughly $940, the device, if introduced in the US will not likely have a very low price tag.

Other features with the LG G Flex include USB 3.0 compatibility, though the plug on the unit itself looks like a traditional micro-USB. A couple of the units that were at the event were running Android 4.3, but the specifications state that the LG G Flex is currently running 4.2.2.

Is the flexibility a practical measure? Yes. Dr. Woo of LG joked during the presentation that the flexible display was pursued out of boredom, but in reality, the display is said to provide a more comfortable experience when it comes to viewing videos in just about any environment. The curved display is also more ergonomically comfortable for typing messages too. Moreover, the flexibility of the device means that you should feel comfortable with putting this contoured beauty in your pocket.

Check out the video and many pictures below, and keep checking back with PhoneArena.com for a full review of the LG G Flex very soon!




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19 Comments

18. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

i think that the front looks really sleek and cool; but the sides and back just falls short

17. zmtfatzombie

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Can I bend it backwards?

16. FoxDavis

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

NEXT!

15. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Pass!!

14. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Doesn't this have a li'l bit of Galaxy Nexus vibe to it?! This device does intrigue me....a lot.

13. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Doesn't this have a li'l bit of Galaxy Nexus vibe to it?! This device does intrigue me....a lot.

11. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

"...LG contends that by 2018, physically flexible devices will account for upwards of 40% of the market." I read this as LG WILL be making this technology available to other OEM's. Maybe not Samsung, but Apple, HTC, Moto, Nokia, & the like. Huawei & ZTE will just make their own knock-offs.

10. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Actually a legit phone.

7. Honestcritic

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

Wayyy too big

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's exactly what I said three months ago before the Note 3 came out, and it's the perfect size. If it's like the G2 was, then it's not big at all.

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice.

5. SAYED-EJAZ

Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Good .

3. 21babydoll12 unregistered

Intresting. What the future holds for flexible screens looks promising. And all the other little things that make it happen. Now if only this was on a Televison screen. Oh say 120" landscape with periphial view of 145 degrees. Now that would be cool.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

IMAX at home. :)

12. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

the degree/field of view it cover depend on how far the screen is. and sadly its never going to happen on a phone unless u hold ur phone 3 inches away from ur eyes / phone with 24 inches size

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm have a slight interest for the phone, but the UI and LG's update record is my biggest gripe. Everything else is flawless across the board.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Oh and price.

4. 21babydoll12 unregistered

UI isnt for the failnt of heart. Its very cluttered

19. papss unregistered

Im loving the ui but i loved it before. Its no worse than touch wiz

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