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Monday, October 28, 2013

LG Unveils Curved G Flex Smartphone

LG G FlexLG today officially unveiled its curved smartphone, dubbed the LG G Flex.

While the Samsung Galaxy Round curves on the sides, the LG G Flex curves from top to bottom, which Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said "is the best representation yet of how a smartphone should be curved."
"The LG G Flex with its distinctive design, innovative hardware and consumer-centric UX represents the most significant development in the smartphone space since smartphone became part of our regular vocabulary," he boasted.
The design reduces the distance between the mouth and the microphone when held up to the face, similar to traditional phones. The curvature can improve sound level by 3 dB compared to the average flat smartphone, LG said, and will fit more comfortably in the back pocket.
In landscape mode, meanwhile, watching video on the LG Flex will be like having a mini IMAX theater in your palm, LG said.
The smartphone sports a 6-inch, 1,280-by-720 curved P-OLED display. It runs a 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip and 450 MHz Adreno 330 GPU. There's Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 inside, and the G Flex will come in Titan Silver.
Like the LG G2, the G Flex does not have any buttons on the side of the phone; instead, the camera, volume rocker, and power button are on the back. LG said this can help reduce the chance of accidentally hitting a side button and turning your phone off, but in his initial hands on , PCMag's Sascha Segan said he "had genuine trouble figuring out which of four adjacent bumps ... was actually the power button, and so it was frustrating to turn the phone on and off."
That rear camera is 13 megapixels, and there's also a 2.1-megapixel front-facing shooter.
LG said the G Flex will first go on sale in Korea, starting in November.Additional markets will be announced later.
Earlier this month, LG confirmed that it would begin mass producing the world's first flexible OLED smartphone panels. Samsung beat LG to the punchseveral days later with the introduction of the Galaxy Round, a 5.7-inch device that curves on the left and right.

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