Video: LG G Flex is bent thousands of times, supports 1,000 lbs and still works


While the LG G Flex isn’t for everyone, as it sports a massive 6-inch display, few can deny the fact that it’s a unique device - thanks to its curved, flexible body.

Reportedly, LG’s official claim is that the G Flex can survive “88 pounds of pressure for 100” repeated bendings. So if you accidentally lean on the phone, you can rest assured that you won’t damage it.

Consumer Reports recently tested the G Flex, finding that LG’s claims were true. The publication even took things further to see “just how much pressure this smartphone can take.” An Instron compression test machine was used by Consumer Reports to flatten the G Flex more than 2,000 times at different pressure levels, and, in the end, the handset didn’t take any damage. The maximum amount of pressure applied on the G Flex was 1,000 lbs - that’s 453.5 kilograms (or, as Consumer Reports put it, it’s the weight of a grand piano). You can see the G Flex passing all the tests in the video below.



The LG G Flex is currently widely available around the world, including in the US. Depending on where you’re buying it from, it can be purchased for $550 to $600, unlocked. For more about this flexible smartphone, you can read our LG G Flex review here.

source: Consumer Reports

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G Flex
  • Display 6.0 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 3500 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.2
    LG Optimus UI

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38 Comments

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31809; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

One durable device.

16. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

A couple years ago, didn't Apple have a flex phone that people put in their back pocket? I remember seeing the pictures of the bent phone that matched the shape of their back side. Unfortunately, if I remember right, those Apple iPhone remained in the bend, or flexed shape forever.

15. maherk

Posts: 7102; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They forgot to show the bubbles under the glass that results from bending this phone.

30. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

That issue only arises in SOME units.

14. maherk

Posts: 7102; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They forgot to show the bubbles under the glass that results from bending this phone.

12. heysamad

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

But... will it blend?

17. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Only Chuck Norris cannot be blended. :P

18. heysamad

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Chuck Norris threw a grenade 50 people died and then the grenade exploded :')

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31809; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yawn.

33. andynaija

Posts: 1268; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

10. Jishnusur

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

Just EPIC!

8. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'll bite once they make a flexible phone that isn't curved by default.

6. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

After watching the video, I have to say they never proved anything besides mention it.

36. choupino

Posts: 69; Member since: May 28, 2011

SPASE: How much more proof do you nrequire??? 1,000 lbs is 1,000 lbs, any way you look at it... Your elbows, feet, or hands EVEN ON STEROIDS are incapable of generating 1,000 lbs of pressure. A human buttocks, naturally has padding (the meatiest portion of the human body), so the pressure being applied to the device in a pocket would be spread significantly over a greater surface area... A test using a sharply edged press without padding would be analogous to a bullet or small meteor hitting the device. That would not be a realistic representation of the phone's real world use or everyday potential dangers. SUMMARY: You are either living in a fantsy world or you don't know your Arse from your elbows.

37. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

WHY are you replying to me? I didn't see any reading on the Instron compressor while it was doing the compression test! Did anyone else miss this? All I get out of this is his word and nothing more.

4. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

How about we remove the cushioning and then repeat the same test.

5. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

The idea of the test was not to crush th phone but rather to see how durable and flexable it is. if you sit on, it will survive. I bet everybodys rear end is cusiony and not hard like steel.

35. choupino

Posts: 69; Member since: May 28, 2011

You definitely haven't seen my ex- girlfriend then... Her ass is bonier than a dinosaur exhibit.

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

It is stress-durability test not crash test.

9. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

I dont have cushion padding on my elbows

13. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

You have no understanding of an engineering test. They did it exactly as they should. Do you honestly think this machine that is calibrated to apply 1000 pounds of load to the phone cares about a little piece of foam that is incapable of support any static load?

19. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

I assure you, I have a very good grasp of engineering! My point comes from an engineers view. That piece of foam you mention is no ordinary foam, and the weight distribution is uniform.

27. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

As a engineering who designs similar tests for a living I promise you, they did this correctly to represent how a real-world 1000 pound load on the phone would behave.

29. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

As a engineer I agree with you. +1

32. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

As an engineer, you obviously missed the video and made assumptions.

25. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Elbows? How do you use a phone with your elbows? Why would you put your elbows on a phone? Unless you're the Macho Man doing an elbow drop on your phone, that's not relevant. The bend test is designed to show durability under normal conditions, elbows on phones isn't normal. Having a phone in your pocket or purse and suffering this type of damage is normal, hence the testing.

31. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

Did you watch the vid? If yes, you wouldn't be replying to me

34. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Still waiting for you to explain why you use your elbow. So they showed it being pushed by an elbow once, no reason why it can't take your elbow. You have an abnormal elbow or something? You can't push down with 1000 lbs of pressure, regardless what body part you use. Don't see why you are making such a big deal about the padding, 1000 lbs is 1000 lbs.

28. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Do you realize that it is not crash test, they didn't want to crush it. It is something between flexibility and durability test using large weight.

20. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

SPASE is just mad because his rear end isnt cushion so sitting on his phones results in a dead phone. Every time.

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