Vodafone secures six week exclusive on firm’s second curved handset, which has improvements to the processor, OS, screen, camera and LG’s self-healing back cover
LG has unveiled its G Flex 2 smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
The follow-up to the manufacturer’s first curved device from November 2013 will go on sale in Korea at the end of the month and followed by additional markets, including the UK, at the end of February. Vodafone has secured a six week exclusive on the product.
It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with a 2GHz 64-bit octo-core CPU and runs the Android 5.0 operating system. The 5.5-inch screen (reduced from six inches) is bumped up to Full HD and has a resolution of 1080 pixels (up from 720 pixels).
The G Flex 2 features curves ranging from a radius of 400mm to 700mm across the front, back, sides and top-to-bottom edges. The screen is curved to 700mm, which LG said brings the microphone closer to the mouth, while the back is curved to 650mm, which the manufacturer claims makes the handset more comfortable to grip.
LG has also improved its own ‘self-healing’ back cover, which first debuted on the G3 smartphone last year, with the healing time now reduced from three minutes to ten seconds at room temperature. In addition, the G Flex 2’s cover glass is also 20 per cent more durable than Gorilla Glass 3, which LG said is due to a special chemical treatment it has developed.
The firm has also continued with the 13 megapixel rear and 2.1 megapixel front cameras from the first model but features ‘Laser Auto Focus’, which was also first seen on the G3. LG said this enables the device to capture the best picture, even in low light, by measuring the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam.
A number of other features are also included. ‘Gesture Shot’ recognises hand gestures from 1.5 metres away, which LG said makes taking selfies easier, while ‘Glance View’ shows information such as time, recent messages or missed calls with a downward swipe on the screen, even when it is off.
A 3,000mAh battery is also embedded into the G Flex 2, which LG said said is the only curved mobile battery in the world that can be charged up to 50 per cent in under 40 minutes.