LG has touted the benefits of flexible displays in its TV business, but today it’s made its long-rumored curved OLED smartphone a reality. It’s officially called the G Flex, and it comes with a 6-inch, 720p screen that is curved from top to bottom.
That gives it some separation from Samsung’s recently-announced Galaxy Round, which is curved on its horizontal axis, but LG claims that the odd build will have a similar series of benefits. There are no real unique software features here, but LG says that the G Flex’s arc fits around the face better than other devices, letting it deliver improved sound quality and “IMAX-like” viewing angles as a result.
The device comes with the same rear volume rocker setup found on the company’s G2 smartphone, and, notably, comes with a rear cover that LG says is “self-healing.” We’ll have to see it in action before we can judge the validity of such a claim, but LG says that the G Flex’s back is elastic enough to remove any nicks or scratches within a short period of time.
The G Flex is a relatively high-powered phone on the rest of its spec sheet. It measures between 7.9mm and 8.7mm at its thinnest points, and it weighs 177g. It’s powered by a 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 chip, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 13- and 2-megapixel cameras, and a 3,500mAh battery. Software wise, it’s running Android 4.2.2 under LG’s proprietary skin.
But like the Galaxy Round, the G Flex doesn’t look like it’s heading Stateside anytime soon. LG says that it’ll hit Korea sometime next month, with launch dates for other markets to be announced “thereafter.” No price point has been given just yet. Given that curved OLED tech hasn’t proven itself to be a global success just yet, the G Flex may be more of an experiment for LG than a new flagship product.