LG Electronics (LG) has unveiled its new G Flex2 at the 2015 International CES. The original G Flex earned positive reviews for innovative design and out-of-the-box thinking. A year later, the G Flex2 offers an advanced design, faster performance and greater convenience.
The LG G Flex2 boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor for nimbler performance, and is the first smartphone officially announced to incorporate it. Its 5.5" display supports Full HD, while the updated software offers all-new features such as Gesture View and Glance View. The "Self Healing" back cover from the original G Flex also appears on the G Flex2 and is now faster and more effective than before.
The new smartphone has curves ranging from a radius of 400mm to 700mm across the front, back, sides and top-to-bottom edges. The ergonomic design brings the microphone closer to the mouth for better sound pickup compared to conventional smartphones. The display's 700mm radius curvature delivers an immersive viewing experience from any angle, while the 650mm radius curvature of the back is more comfortable to grip and fits easier in the pocket.
The G Flex2's Snapdragon 810 processor features Octa-Core 64-bit capable CPUs optimised for Android 5.0 and the Qualcomm Adreno 430 GPU for enhanced graphics performance. The Snapdragon 810 also features fully integrated 3x20MHz carrier aggregation support, enabling more efficient connectivity.
The G Flex2 will continue to look new for longer. Its cover glass is approximately 20% more durable thanks to a special chemical treatment technology developed by LG. The Self Healing back, which keeps the phone looking new even through the nicks and scratches from normal everyday use, has also been improved with significantly faster healing time. LG reduced the healing time from about three minutes to just within ten seconds at room temperature.
Another innovative technology only available in LG smartphones is the Laser Auto Focus camera, first introduced in the LG G3. This technology enables the G Flex2 to capture the best moment — even in low light — by measuring the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam. Combined with LG's proven OIS+ technology and dual LED flash, the G Flex2 delivers images that rival most standalone point and shoot cameras.
LG has also designed the smartphone to make using it much easier. The Gesture Shot feature makes it easy to capture the perfect selfie with a simple hand gesture, which it can recognise from up to 1.5 m away. Gesture View displays the last shot taken, while Glance View displays key information such as time, recent messages or missed calls with a downward swipe of the curved screen even while the display is off. In addition, Fast Charge allows the embedded 3,000mAh battery in the G Flex2 — the only curved mobile battery in the world — to be charged up to 50% in under 40 minutes.
"The original G Flex demonstrated LG's pioneering spirit and with the G Flex2 we have refined the curved form factor, staying true to our philosophy of innovation for a better life," said Juno Cho, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "The G Flex2 not only has the stunning looks, it also has the powerful guts to be at the cutting edge of current smartphone technology. Simply put, it's a true head-turner in every sense of the word."
The LG G Flex2 will be available starting at the end of the month in Korea to be followed by additional global markets. The device will initially be available in two colors: platinum silver and Flamenco red.