Not long after Samsung announced Galaxy Round, the first ever curved smartphone, LG has said they will be creating their own version. The G Flex curved smartphone will not aim to curve for the sake of the display, however. It is made to comfortably follow the contours of the face.
It is an evolution that probably should have happened a long time ago. Traditional head set phones had a handset that curved to follow the rounded side of the face. But smartphone have (and cell phones before them) have been flat. While it has not affected the sound or speaker quality of calls, in most cases, it doesn’t have the same natural flow of their original counterparts.
LG has decided to go back to the roots of phone development. Instead of curving the phone inwards like the Galaxy Round, the G Flex will bend slightly into a bow that mimics the curve of the cheek.
Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO of LG, had this to say:
The LG G Flex 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.
The G Flex won’t be bringing too much innovation beyond the design. But that doesn’t mean the hardware isn’t still good. It will have many of the same specifications we are coming to expect from high end mobile phones currently being released.
With a 6″ P-OLED display, it is a very high resolution of 1280 x 720. The Adreno 330, 450MHz GPU and 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processing chip should give it the power to take advantage of that resolution.
It will have 2GB LP DDR3 RAM and a 32 GB hard drive. Which is higher than a lot of standard models, which usually offer an 8 GB or 16 GB with their first release. LG seems to be attempting to strike out against the iPhone as much as the Galaxy with this release.
Unfortunately for Western LG fans, this is only being launched in South Korea for the moment. But we can expect a wider release if it proves successful, and perhaps the curved design becoming standard on LG models.
Will that one selling point be enough to guarantee its success? With the technical specs showing that they at least put enough oomph in to keep it on par with the latest releases, I don’t see why not.
Source: LG Newsroom