LG muscles in with curved G Flex Smartphone
Curved is the new flat
Whether it be TV or smartphone, curved screens are becoming one of the trends of 2013.LG has already shown us a 55-inch TV with an arched screen but now it's the turn of their mobiles division to convince us that there is some inherent need for a display that isn't flat.
The Korean's claim the curve will 'follow the contours' of your face for a superior user experience and that because the mouth will now be closer to the microphone, it will mean better call clarity. We've been getting along just fine with our regular flat-fones but we guess it does mean the overall form factor of the device will be that bit reduced. Which might be a consideration given the G Flex packs a 6-inch, 720p OLED display.
LG has added a couple of interface features unique to the curved design but really nothing that stands out as being particularly ground-breaking. There's a 'Swing Lock Screen' feature which manoeuvres the wallpaper in response to being tilted and users can access certain apps from the lock screen by pinching but probably the most interesting sounding thing is the 'Self Healing' coating on the back cover. LG says the elastic coating has the ability to recover from the daily rigours of smartphone life, leaving it looking pristine for longer.
Self-healing back cover coating means it should stay looking goodAside from the unusual shape and casing, the G Flex has a reasonable specification and will run Android 4.2.2., out, of the box, with a Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. There's 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear-facing camera and 2MP front-facer and it's equipped with a unique curved battery, developed by LG Chem, with a capacity of 3,500mAh.
The G Flex will launch in Korea next month but we'l have to wait and see for UK pricing and availibilifty.
Is anyone out there excited at the prospect of a curved smartphone or is it just a gimmick?
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