LG Flex is literally flexible. Instead of being rigid and built with glass and hard plastic, like any other smartphone you know about, it is made up of curved components. This means that it may literally be bent and even pressed.
It is possible to stand on this phone and not break it (be careful in testing that theory). It is a very slim phone that is flexible but still stiff. The images of it bending over which are available online are a bit of an exaggeration.
It is very light and very slim and it is built with plastic substrates that make it flexible. In other words, it is curved and hard, but flexible (it is hard to describe without having a play with it yourself).
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There are exceptions in bending, the camera, battery or the processors, so look at it as a smartphone that is simply more durable (or less breakable) than other devices.
And, a phone that has a bit of a curve to it. The battery is placed within the curving flex phone by the use of stack and folding technology.
It reduces the pressure that is put on the battery when some one tries to bend it or tries to sit on it by mistake. It makes it harder to damage the battery with bending forces.
Features and Review
The LG Flex has the Android 4.2.2 operating system. Its dimensions are 6.32″ x 3.21″ x 0.31″, that is 160.5 x 81.6 x 7.9 mm. It weighs 6.24 Oz which is 177 gm.
It has a 6″ display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The pixel density is 245 pixels per inch which is pretty standard but not good enough compared to iPhone 5S and Google Nexus 7. It uses P-OLED multi touch display. Except for the curved and flexible screen, nothing else is really impressive.
The LG Flex Sensor
It comes with a proximity and light sensor. I wish they had inculcated a new type of sensor that can take the advantage of curved display and made it more interesting.
It has a battery that is 3500 mAh, which is a HUGE battery capacity for a phone. It is far bigger than most which is going to guarantee you a nice long standby time as well as very good talk time.. The battery is one of the most inflexible things on a phone.
You can create bendy and squash-able components for many types of phone internals. But, the battery is where they have really done well to make sure it does not split or burst when compressed or bent.
It powers the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 processor. The processor is a quad core which means it has four processors. It has a clock speed of 2260 MHz. Its graphics processor (GPU) is the Adreno 330.
It is 2048 MB (2 GB) RAM. It can handle most of the tasks that you do at it. It also comes with a gigantic 32 GB of storage, which is less compared to a 64 GB iPhone model.
It has notifications such as haptic feedback and it has musical MP3 ringtones and polyphonic ringtones. It has vibration mode, flight mode and silent mode as well as speakerphone which you will find in all other smartphones too. It comes with digital compass and an accelerometer sensors.
The camera featuring on LG Flex is a 13 mega pixel camera. It is very impressive and is currently the biggest mega pixel that any smartphone has. Samsung were the first to install one on a popular flagship phone, and it is now the highest mega pixel you are going to find on latest device.
It has a 1.2 MP front facing camera and Flash LED along with the rear camera.
Network and communications
It uses GSM: 900, 850, 1900, 1800 MHz and has LTE (Long Term Evolution) and HSPA compatibility. It also has EDGE and GPRS compatibility and uses GPS and A-GPS. It includes Bluetooth 4.0 and has Wi-Fi: 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac. It also has USB 3.0 and microUSB support. It has a mass storage device and USB charging port at its bottom.
LG Flex Self Healing Demo:
LG Flex Cost and Availability in India
The keynote event of LG was held specifically to announce the LG G Flex in India but the launch is expected in February, 2014.
There is no clear comment on what price consumers should expect but as per our sources, it would be priced around Rs. 60,000 – Rs. 65,000 and it will also depend on the Dollar rate at the time of launch.
But the question to ask is, people in India already think iPhone is a costly smartphone, will LG Flex make through the consumer market in India? An official from LG said they are planning to launch just 500 units of LG Flex in the first quarter.
This device is pretty unique and different from existing devices, having a curved screen and self healing back, but the Android operating system isn’t quite modified for the hardware and taken its full advantage.
We should see an update on that soon. What do you think about this device? Is it as seducting as the iPhone 5S’s finger print sensor was?