The LG G Flex 2 revealed - its curves are dynamic, its CPU is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, and its back heals itself

The LG G Flex 2 revealed - its curves are dynamic, its CPU is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, and its back heals itself
Hey, we told you the LG G Flex 2 is coming to CES 2015, right? It sure did! The G Flex 2 is officially official, looking every bit as the leaks and renders imagined it. Not only that, but LG's curvy handset will be remembered as the one that kick-started the wave of Qualcomm Snapdragon 810-powered superphones. As if that's not enough, the original G Flex's self-healing back panel coating is back with an enormous speed upgrade, while the curved display's glass coating has been strengthened with a chemical cocktail prepared by LG itself. And there's more where that came from!

The LG G Flex 2 is looking every bit as flexed as those leaked renders and images had us imagine. It's also the first known smartphone to have the fresh out of the oven Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor at the base of its operations. As if that's not enough to make the G Flex 2 special, the original G Flex's self-healing back panel wizardry makes a triumphant comeback. Design-wise, the Android 5.0-powered handset combines the LG G3's simple, practical style with the G Flex's dynamic curves. 

But if you're left unimpressed and keep asking yourselves why LG made a banana-shaped phone, the answers we're given are pretty convincing. The short answer is that LG, a renowned panel supplier, needs to bring its curved display technology to the market in some shape and form. The long answer is that, plus the ergonomic gains. The banana shape brings the handset's microphone closer to your lips and makes it feel nicer to grip and hold against your ear. 

However, we have our doubts on whether the G Flex 2 is sufficiently pocket-friendly. We'll see about that when we're finished gazing at its 5.5-inch 1080p display - both more reasonably sized, and with higher resolution and pixel density than the original's 6-inch, 720p panel. The technology at play is, once again, LG's plastic OLED as seen in the LG G Watch R. While the P-OLED panel appeared totally "naked" on LG's circular smart-watch, the one on the LG G Flex 2 is covered with glass that's been given a special treatment by LG's chemists, resulting in a 20% improvement in toughness. And while we're talking special materials, the self-healing back we mentioned has seen a dramatic boost in speed. The one on the original G Flex took about three minutes to heal, while this one restores itself in 10 seconds at room temperature. Check out the process below:

The LG G Flex 2 revealed - its curves are dynamic, its CPU is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, and its back heals itself

In addition, LG introduces three new gesture controls. Gesture shot, the LG G3's charming selfie-taking hand gesture, makes a comeback. Gesture View is an easy move for checking the last photo immediately after taking it. And Glance View shows the time, recent messages, missed calls and notifications on the display by swiping down on it while it's off. This must be LG's interpretation of the Nexus 6's ambient notifications feature.

Speaking of photos, the camera sees an improvement as well. The LG G Flex 2 is outfitted with a 13MP OIS cam with laser auto-focus. We can't know for sure whether is the same unit as the one in the LG G3, but having seen a similar configuration perform in it, the G Flex 2's cam promises really nice photos taken in a split-second. The front camera, meanwhile, is just a 2.1MP unit, which is below average in the age of selfie-phones. 

And while we're on the topic of hardware, let's give the G Flex 2's innards a more detailed examination. The handset runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor, a 2.0GHz 64-bit octa-core monster of a CPU. It is paired with 2GB of fast DDR4 RAM - it looks like LG is in no hurry to push for 4GB of RAM right now. There are 16 or 32GB of expandable on-board storage. The battery unit is of 3000mAh capacity with fast charge support (charges to 50% in 40 minutes). 

Connectivity wise, the G Flex 2 offers 4G / LTE / HSPA+ 21/42 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X) 4.1, NFC, SlimPort, A-GPS / Glonass, and USB 2.0. 

All of this fits into a package sized 5.87 x 2.96 x 0.27in (at the thinnest spot) - 0.37 (at the thickest spot) (149.1 x 75.3 x 7.1 - 9.4mm).

The LG G Flex 2 will be hitting the South Korean market in the end of January, with a global launch set to follow soon after. It will be available in Platinum Silver and Flamenco Red. All in all, we're looking at a smartphone that flexes some serious muscle, while filling in as a spectacular appetizer for the upcoming LG G4. Your move, Samsung!


source: LG

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G Flex 2
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)

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70 Comments

1. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

That curve is beyond pathetic. How will you put it in your pocket when your legs curve is the opposite? Seriously people praising this piece of s**t that have never tried putting it in their pockets are funny.

6. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Well, no one forces you to buy this, you can get a normal smartphone and be happy with it. This is for those who wants something special, something unique, something different. Personal prefernce.

31. ilovephablets

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Wtf is wrong with lg why did they put 2gb of ram why not atleast put 3 if you dont want to put 4, htc and samsung will destroy lg this year, plus htc has got some huge surprises and comparing the cameras of the htc m9 with the lg g flex 2 its funny cause the m9 has a 13mp front facing camera and a 20mp rear facing camera.

38. leftheodo

Posts: 108; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

They had to save their best hardware for the G4. It makes sense.

43. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

You're right buddy But, wait. M9 doesn't exist!

48. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

M9 cameras are just rumors for now. I doubt that HTC will deliver such high pixels on their cameras coming right out from 2 years of 4MP :)

58. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yeah it would be like HTC saying: "we were wrong with our low MP count.... lets do the MP race"... It makes no sense...

51. bambamboogy02

Posts: 834; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Battery life on this has to be great, 5.5 inch 1080P display. Has to be better than the G3. DDR4 ram should be plenty to run this beast. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_DDR "On March 14, 2012, JEDEC hosted a conference to explore how future mobile device requirements will drive upcoming standards like LPDDR4.[14] On December 30, 2013, Samsung announced that it has developed the first 20 nm-class 8 Gigabit (1GB) LPDDR4 capable of transmitting data at 3,200 Mbit/s, thus providing 50 percent higher performance than the fastest LPDDR3 and consuming around 40 percent less energy at 1.1 volts." So the 2GB of DDR4 ram should equate to 3 Gb of DDR3 Ram as far as processing goes. So no need to get all riled up over specs, yet.

64. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

The M9 doesn't exist yet, you can't judge the G Flex 2 with a phone which isn't even out yet! LG haven't realised the G4 yet either, your accusations that HTC and Samsung will destroy LG are invalid

15. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

i agree with you. looks pathetic. thick also. features so far is mehh! apprently you place the curve according to your leg. not opposite. or bum for that matter. flex should go well with that that curve lol

17. teenaxta

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

you're no different....you're complaining as if you own the flex 2....people like you never appreciate true innovation.....iphone 6 plus bends in pockets, so??? point is you're gonna such an expensive phone with a massive display in your pants...lol...btw the phone bends under certain pressure

26. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You need to take a chill the f down pill buddy, no one is forcing you to buy it!! I loved the 1st Flex, but didn't get because it was way to big for my hands, plus the screen resolution was a let down for me. And anyone who tried the 1st Flex, will know that the benefits of the curved screen are beyond how it sits on your ear, it has a lot to do with the way you touch your phone, since you won't need to extend your thumb as much as you have to when you're trying to touch the top of the screen on a normal 5.5" phone. Kudos for LG and Samsung for giving us the Edge and the Flex.

32. sss_ddk

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

You can use the back pocket. I imagine the curve there is better suited :)

39. ar2730

Posts: 42; Member since: May 24, 2012

You put it in your back pocket genius! It should hug your backside pretty nicely! But that's just my thought....

46. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Well, you do not have to put it "as is" in your pocket. You can put it in a special case that makes it flat and is easier to have in your pocket or simply put it in your bag. There are always a few compromises expected to be made when dealing with new revolutionary designs. That's why the standard slab shape is still predominant among phones.

47. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Forget the curve, think about the performance :O 1080p + S810 :)

49. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Ever occured to you to put it on the side? Its a big phone so you wouldnt wear it with skinny jeans or so.

50. STEVE_J0BS

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

I agree, at least the iPhone bends with your leg to allow for maximum comfort.

66. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Banned after only two days?

52. barondebxl

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I think you're pathetic for being this upset about a smartphone. Chances are you don't care if ppl starve but God forbid a phone is curved then you throw a tantrum. What a loser

2. SPASE

Posts: 257; Member since: May 03, 2013

I would consider this if the curve was horizontal. Still, nice looking.

34. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Why? Look at Galaxy Curve, that was not something beneficial. Now this is like a small modern curved TV you take with you.

3. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

First device that runs Snapdragon 810. Well done LG!!! Making it smaller than the first G Flex is a smart move.

16. TyrionLannister unregistered

No it's not the first device. Samsung announced s810 note 4 a few days ago.

30. ArPharazon

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I'm sorry Tyrion but he's right, the note that was announced has the 805, look it up.

35. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

No they didnt, they announced they will use their own Cat 9 modem for their Exynos-SoC. People just assumed it would be a SD810 version. However, I think Samsung will also release a Note 4 Sporting SD810 with Cat 9 modem in the future.

4. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

G Flex 2, G4, Sony Z4, S6, Note 5, Iphone 6C and IP7 (if ever comes) and many other flagships to come. So really hard on what to choose. This year 2015 will be a tough year (much tougher than 2014) for techies to decide what gadgets to buy. Better to decide what are your needs really are and preference too in a phone, branding is just a second reason.

33. ilovephablets

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Lg g flex 2 has 2gb of ram wtf who wants 2gb of ram in 2015 so skip it, the note 5 is gonna have a 4k display and 8gb of ram if youre into that, the lg g4 is probably gonna have the same specs as the galaxy s5 but a 4k display instead of 2k, and you forgot the htc hima and hima ultra these two phones are gonna be awesome.

55. Urosz

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

But its ddr4

67. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Do you really think anyone will mass produce a smartphone-sized 4K display in 2015?

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