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
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:

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. 

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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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