There is no magic formula for selling smartphones, but there are some things that can greatly increase a vendor’s chances of success. Great hardware is a start, well-made software is important, compelling features are a big draw and a fair amount of carrier support is certainly needed. Extensive, creative and interesting marketing that delivers memorable messages is also very high on the list — but there is a line between “good memorable” and “bad memorable,” and we’re pretty sure LG just crossed it. More →
In addition to launching with three U.S. mobile operators, the LG G Flex will soon be available in more than 20 European markets including the U.K., Germany, France, Italy Sweden and Austria, LG on Tuesday announced. The company’s first smartphone with a flexible display has been available in Asia so far, including markets such as LG’s home country but also Hong Kong and Singapore. The company reannounced the device at this year’s CES event in Las Vegas, confirming that the G Flex will hit AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile in the U.S. Actual release dates and pricing details aren’t available for European markets, although the company says the phone will be available beginning with next month. More →
Are you an AT&T subscriber looking for a curved LG smartphone with a self-healing case that can repair scratches like Wolverine from X-Men? What a coincidence, because your dreams are about to come true — as long as you’re willing to spend $300 on contract. AT&T on Monday announced that it will release the LG G Flex this Friday, January 24th, for $299.99 on contract. AT&T will also let you sign a device contract instead of a service contract using the AT&T Next program, in which case the phone will cost you just over $695, spread out over 26 monthly payments ($26.74 each) or 20 monthly payments ($34.75 each). More →
LG’s G Flex, the company’s first smartphone with a flexible display, comes with a manufacturing defect that the company may have been aware of, The Korea Times reports. Some units develop certain bumps on the display, as seen in the image below, which result from using excessive force on the device. “LG Electronics was rather hesitant in releasing its curved-screen smartphone as it was previously aware of some technical problems,” an unnamed official at the Korea Display Industry Association said. “LG should have notified consumers ahead of the product launch.” More →
LG’s banana phone is coming to America. AT&T announced on Monday from CES 2014 that it will launch LG’s first curved smartphone, the G Flex, sometime in the first quarter this year. The news is in line with earlier rumors, which also noted that T-Mobile will release the G Flex in 2014. LG also announced on Monday that Sprint will carry the G Flex in Q1 as well. While the curved 6-inch AMOLED display is the star of the show on LG’s latest phone, the G Flex also features a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, a 3,500 mAh battery and Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2. Pricing isn’t yet available but AT&T’s full press announcement follows below. More →
2013 may be behind us but it looks like some of the smartphones that debuted last year aren’t quite ready to retire just yet. In a new post from serial smartphone leaker @evleaks, two new marketing renders of LG’s G Flex “banana phone” have been pictured, one that includes a mention of T-Mobile and a second that shows AT&T as the carrier. Neither company has confirmed that it will carry the G Flex at this point but considering @evleaks’s track record, we can likely expect LG’s first phone with a curved display to debut very soon. Beyond the vertically curved 6-inch AMOLED screen that offers minimal durability enhancements and little else, the G Flex’s key specs include a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2.
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.