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LG’s banana phone to invade Europe next month

Published Jan 21st, 2014 6:30AM EST
LG G Flex Release Date Europe

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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.

The European version of the LG G Flex will be available in Titan Silver and will offer a 6-inch HD curved P-OLED display, 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 13-megapixel camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, 3500mAh battery and run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

The full press release follows below.

More Consumers Will Get to Experience LG’s One-of-a-Kind Curved Smartphone Starting Next Month

SEOUL, Jan. 21, 2014 — LG Electronics (LG) will be rolling out the innovative and award-winning G Flex, the world’s first smartphone designed to follow the curve of the human face. Starting next month, consumers in major European markets including the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Sweden and Austria, among others, will be able to experience for themselves the most innovative device in today’s smartphone industry.

To date, the LG G Flex has only been available in Asia (Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore) and was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month that it will launch in the United States sometime this quarter on three of the country’s biggest wireless carriers: AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. The availability of G Flex in the European market has been eagerly anticipated and will pave the way for rollouts in other parts of the world.

“The introduction of the LG G Flex in Europe demonstrates our confidence in the global marketplace for a curved smartphone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “As a premium smartphone, the G Flex will further establish LG as a brand that offers something unique for every consumer segment. This is a device that is guaranteed to start a conversation wherever it goes.”

The LG G Flex is a record-setter in numerous areas. Measuring six inches diagonally, the Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display is the world’s largest developed and manufactured specifically for a smartphone. The G Flex utilizes the world’s first curved battery and is the first phone to feature a self-healing coating on the back cover, making it immune to minor scratches and nicks. The unique device also features user-centric UX features such as QTheatre, Dual Window and Swing Lockscreen designed specifically for the curved screen.

Key Specifications (European Version):
– Chipset: 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 (MSM 8974) / GPU: Adreno 330, 450MHz
– Display: 6-inch HD (1280 x 720), Curved P-OLED (Real RGB)
– Memory: 2GB LP DDR3 RAM / 32GB eMMc
– Camera: Rear 13.0MP / Front 2.1MP
– Battery: 3,500mAh (embedded)
– Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
– Size: 160.5 x 81.6 x 7.9 – 8.7mm
– Weight: 177g
– Network: LTE / HSPA+ / GSM
– Connectivity: BT 4.0 / WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) / NFC
– Color: Titan Silver
– Other: Hi-Fi 24bit, 192kHz Playback

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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