After years of holding little black squares to our heads, the smartphone is going curved. The South Korean technology company, LG Corporation, unveiled its long-rumored new design on Monday – the LG G Flex, which has a huge 6-inch 720p HD curved screen.
This announcement comes shortly after South Korean competitor Samsung unveiled its latest design, Samsung Galaxy Round, which also has a curved screen. The difference between the two curves is that LG’s curve is vertical while Samsung’s is horizontal. LG is positioning the G Flex as the first “real” curved phone in that its curve is much more dramatic in size.
Loaded with cutting edge technology LG’s G Flex features a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2.26 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of memory, 32 GB of storage, a large 3,500mAh battery. The smartphone uses the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system and offers new features like DualWindows and KnockOn, a tap-to-wake function.
So, why the change? And why would you want to make a change from your little black box? LG has five reasons to try and entice you.
1. Better Quality Calls
Because the body is curved, it is closer in design to a traditional phone. The vertical curve design allows the microphone to come much naturally closer to your mouth and enhances the quality of the call.
2. Better Fit for Hand and Pocket
LG states that the design fits better into the user’s hand and provides a “more reassuring grip”. Wondering how it’ll fit into your pocket? LG suggests that the curve fits very well into a user’s back pocket (meaning it’ll wrap around your bottom better than a flat phone).
3. Better Viewing Experience
LG suggests that the G Flex offers a viewing experience similar to IMAX when operated in landscape mode. (Quite an accomplishment for a 6-inch screen!) They make this comparison due to the fact that an IMAX screen use curves in its screens to order to immerse the viewer into the film experience as the G Flex does. Additionally, LG states that a curved screen creates “the most comfortable viewing angle for watching videos or playing games.”
4. Better Screen
The curved screen also allows for an improved image. The G Flex uses OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology with each pixel containing red, green and blue sub-pixels. This gives the screen more brightness and accurate colors, according to LG.
5. Better Endurance
No more cracked glass screens. In order to curve the screen, LG used plastic for the G Flex’s screen which is far more durable than their glass counterparts. As an added feature, LG has covered the rear cover of the G Flex with a “self-healing” coating which makes scratches disappear in moments, repairing daily wear and tear and keeping the phone looking brand new.
LG states that the G Flex will be available in South Korean sometime in November and other markets will be announced in the future. There is no current information on projected price.
Written By: I.M. Tu