LG’s second banana phone will be more than just a banana phone. We have already discussed why the first round of smartphones that utilize flexible displays isn’t terribly impressive, but LG’s second phone with a flexible panel will reportedly be a completely different story. According to a report from ZDNet Korea, LG is currently developing a sequel to its G Flex smartphone that won’t just sport a slight curve, the entire device will be bendable. The report states that LG’s upcoming flexible phone will bend up to 90 degrees without breaking, and it will represent an important step on the road to smartphones that are completely foldable. LG’s bendable G Flex sequel will debut sometime in 2014 ahead of any similar offering Samsung might be working on, according to the report.
Flexible smartphone displays will allow vendors to stretch the boundaries of handset design and launch exciting new devices that challenge us to rethink what a smartphone really is… some day. For the time being, they bring us banana phones. LG recently debuted the “first real curved smartphone” but in doing so, it didn’t share any information as to when the G Flex might make its way to U.S. shores. We may now have preliminary details on the banana phone’s U.S. invasion, however, and they come from serial smartphone leaker @evleaks. According to a single short and sweet tweet, the G Flex is confirmed to launch on at least three major U.S. carriers — AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. The odd man out is apparently Verizon Wireless, which would hardly come as a surprise to Verizon subscribers. No further details regarding pricing or a release timeframe were provided.
Because holding a phablet to your face while making phone calls isn’t awkward enough, LG has introduced a phablet shaped like a banana. In a press release titled “LG Unveils World’s First ‘Real’ Curved Smartphone” that takes several shots at rival South Korean electronics maker Samsung, LG has finally made its G Flex smartphone with a curved display official. In line with earlier leaks, the phone features a 6-inch 720p P-OLED display that is curved vertically, a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2. More →
Sorry, Samsung: You aren’t the only company releasing a gimmicky curved smartphone. The Verge has got its hands on some pictures first snapped by Argentinian broadcaster Telefe showing the LG G Flex, a smartphone with a curved display that is apparently LG’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy Round that was announced earlier this month. From a design perspective, the device really does look like a standard LG Android phone that’s been sat on by some guy in a hammock for two months. The Verge says that, like the Galaxy Round, the G Flex isn’t likely meant for global consumption and will probably only be released on a limited basis in South Korea. Pictures of the device follow below. More →
The first generation of smartphones with flexible displays is shaping up to be incredibly disappointing. Samsung recently announced the new Galaxy Round handset, which features a curved display because it features a curved display. Now, according to a recent leak from Engadget, it looks like we can expect more of the same from LG. The site on Sunday posted leaked renders of the upcoming “G Flex” by LG, which bears a striking resemblance to a banana. It will sport a curved 6-inch display according to the report, which matches earlier rumors and doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the benefits and form factors flexible displays will some day facilitate. In the meantime, it appears that we can look forward to a bunch of oddly shaped phones that possibly afford marginal strength benefits when dropped at certain angles. Another image of the G Flex follows below. More →
We reported yesterday on a possible flexible display smartphone called the ‘LG Z’ launching this month, but new information points to a November release date and a different name. The “G Flex” is LG’s curved-screen smartphone and according to The Wall Street Journal, it will feature a 6-inch, “plastic OLED” screen, which will allow LG to “experiment with different shapes,” such as the concave design which is hinted at by the prototype design sketches. The newly reported November release date will likely put LG behind in its race to the curved display with Samsung. Regardless, the report suggests that the price will be high and demand will likely be low, but both LG and Samsung want to prove that the curved screens are indeed viable in the smartphone space.