LG to Launch Curved G Flex 2 on January 30 for over $800
LG unveiled its curved G Flex 2 at this year’s CES, and it was, undoubtedly, one of the most interesting smartphones at the tradeshow. Today the tech giant announced that it will launch the new phone next week in its latest attempt to bring the curve to a mass market.
The South Korean company said it will start selling the G Flex 2 in its native market on Jan. 30 and overseas in coming months.
LG released the original curved and flexible smartphone, the LG G Flex, in 2013. It was a niche product at the time that wowed many, but the phone wasn’t as popular as LG had expected. The latest iteration shows the Korean phone maker is committed to the curved display and now ready to target a bigger market.
The G Flex 2 improves on its predecessor; the phone features a gorgeous curved display with self-healing feature that can repair scratches in 10 seconds at room temperature – significantly lower than the last-generation’s three minutes. LG said both the screen and the body are more resilient to shocks than other phones.
As far the specs are concerned, LG G Flex 2 is the company’s first handset that is powered by Qualcomm’s 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, coupled with the Adreno 430 GPU and 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The curved smartphone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and features a 5.5-inch full-HD curved P-OLED display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution and a 403ppi density.
Moving on to the build of the phone, the G Flex 2’s display has a 700mm-radius curvature, while the back is slightly sharper with a 650mm-radius curvature for better grip.
The LG G Flex 2 sports a rear 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS+), dual-LED two-tone flash, and laser-guided autofocus, along with a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. The device will come in 16GB and 32GB storage variants, expandable via microSD card.
It packs a curved embedded 3000mAh non-removable battery, and will initially be available in two colours: Platinum Silver and Flamenco Red.
Other features include:
- Gesture Shot – a simple hand gesture that can be recognized from 1.5 meters away to take a picture.
- Glance View – To swipe down for notifications even if the screen is off.
- Gesture View – To check the last clicked picture.
- Fast Charging – Charges battery up to 50 percent in just 40 minutes.
Cho Sung-ha, Chief Executive Officer of LG Electronics Inc., said the company expects sales of the G Flex 2 to be higher than its predecessor.
The G Flex 2 will sell for nearly 900,000 won ($830) in South Korea. That’s more than I was expecting it, by the way.
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