Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Here's What the G Flex's Curved Battery Looks Like

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 20 comments
Tags :

LG's G Flex is turning a lot of heads, but what does a curved battery look like?

Late in October, LG announced the G Flex, its first curved smartphone. Though details about the launch of the G Flex were thin on the ground, LG was more than happy to talk about how it went about creating the G Flex, including the effort that went into making a curved battery. 

LG explained that the battery inside the phone was designed using LG Chem's patented Stack & Folding technology, which the company says reduces physical stress on the curved battery and improves stability and performance. Though we've seen the phone physically bend, we have yet to see the 3,500 mAh battery itself. Until today, that is. Twitter user @kenhong this morning posted the photo below, which compares the curved battery of the G Flex to a more traditional LG battery.

 

Battery aside, the G Flex, of course, has that all important flexible, curved display. This is a 6-inch curved plastic OLED display that curves top-to-bottom as opposed to side-to-side. The P-OLED display and curved OLED panel are built on plastic substrates instead of glass, giving the LG G Flex its unique shape and durability. Under the hood, you're looking at a 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800 (quad-core) with Adreno 330 graphics, that 6-inch HD 1280 x 720 curved P-OLED display we talked about earlier, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a rear-facing 13-megapixel camera with a 2.1-megapixel camera up front, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, LTE, WiFi, and a 3,500 mAh curved battery. The whole show is running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Recent rumors say the phone will launch on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, though it's currently Korea-only.

Follow Jane McEntegart @JaneMcEntegart. Follow us @tomshardware, on Facebook and on Google+.

Display 20 Comments.
This thread is closed for comments
  • 3 Hide
    unksol , November 16, 2013 5:50 AM
    While I'm impressed by the battery size who on earth would want a curved phone? Its interesting they can do it but I can't imagine anyone wanting to use it... The only people they'll sell to are attention whores
  • 5 Hide
    rwinches , November 16, 2013 6:44 AM
    ^^
    Just because you have little or no imagination, the product is useless?
    A lot of phone users put their phone in their back pants pocket.
    The curved surface cancels reflections.
    When viewing videos they look great on the curved screen.


    Aside from that the specs on this phone are really great.
  • -2 Hide
    elmo2006 , November 16, 2013 8:39 AM
    I say BS. Looking at the so called curved battery it seems the thin shielding and its contents have been bent - check out the wrinkles. I firmly believe that this was rushed together so hopefully LG will be producing an authentic curved battery instead of having some poor schmuck curving the batteries by hand using a can of pears!
  • -4 Hide
    Antimatter79 , November 16, 2013 8:42 AM
    Quote:
    ^^
    Just because you have little or no imagination, the product is useless?
    A lot of phone users put their phone in their back pants pocket.
    The curved surface cancels reflections.
    When viewing videos they look great on the curved screen.


    Aside from that the specs on this phone are really great.


    What if you have a flat ass? Then the curve just makes the phone uncomfortable to wear in the back pants pocket. I can't see how a curved screen "cancels" reflections--it just gets reflections from a different angle instead of straight ahead. Also, a curved screen causes video to be slightly distorted (pin cushioned?) if not corrected to allow for the curvature. Also, I personally like to lay my phone face down so that the screen isn't exposed. The curve is going to just leave the phone susceptible to more concentrated stress if something heavy were to land on top of it, whereas with a flat phone it would be fine. I haven't seen the phone, but how would they orient the camera? Would you have to adjust the angle you hold the phone at, so you're not always aiming above the subject? For taking selfies, you'll probably accidentally take more pics of your pants than you care to.
  • -2 Hide
    bystander , November 16, 2013 8:53 AM
    Quote:
    ^^
    Just because you have little or no imagination, the product is useless?
    A lot of phone users put their phone in their back pants pocket.
    The curved surface cancels reflections.
    When viewing videos they look great on the curved screen.


    Aside from that the specs on this phone are really great.

    He didn't say it was product was useless. He was talking about the curved screen being useless compared to a flat one.

    At that size, I'm not really sure the curved screen has any of those benefits either. It looks great with very large screens, where it curves around with our peripheral vision, but we are talking about something a few inches long.
  • 3 Hide
    7amood , November 16, 2013 10:31 AM
    source: pocket-lint.com
    just in case you hope to find more info... there isn't. I had to waste time and look for the original source just because tom's refuse to provide nothing but themselves as a source...

    http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/125171-lg-g-flex-curved-battery-pictured-out-of-phone-it-s-certainly-bendy
  • 0 Hide
    7amood , November 16, 2013 10:31 AM
    source: pocket-lint.com
    just in case you hope to find more info... there isn't. I had to waste time and look for the original source just because tom's refuse to provide nothing but themselves as a source...

    http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/125171-lg-g-flex-curved-battery-pictured-out-of-phone-it-s-certainly-bendy
  • 0 Hide
    7amood , November 16, 2013 10:31 AM
    source: pocket-lint.com
    just in case you hope to find more info... there isn't. I had to waste time and look for the original source just because tom's refuse to provide nothing but themselves as a source...

    http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/125171-lg-g-flex-curved-battery-pictured-out-of-phone-it-s-certainly-bendy
  • 0 Hide
    7amood , November 16, 2013 10:32 AM
    source: pocket-lint.com
    just in case you hope to find more info... there isn't. I had to waste time and look for the original source just because tom's refuse to provide nothing but themselves as a source...

    http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/125171-lg-g-flex-curved-battery-pictured-out-of-phone-it-s-certainly-bendy
  • -1 Hide
    Avus , November 16, 2013 10:55 AM
    "A lot of phone users put their phone in their back pants pocket."

    A lot? How many? did you make this sh*t up? Almost ALL female won't stick their phone on their ass. And for the rest of the male, how many will really put it in back pants pocket? I for one will not. This is a bad location for phone...
  • -3 Hide
    bystander , November 16, 2013 11:13 AM
    Quote:
    "A lot of phone users put their phone in their back pants pocket."

    A lot? How many? did you make this sh*t up? Almost ALL female won't stick their phone on their ass. And for the rest of the male, how many will really put it in back pants pocket? I for one will not. This is a bad location for phone...

    Just because you don't, doesn't mean others don't.

    Even 1% of people using mobile phones, would be considered a lot of people. A lot doesn't mean it has to include a high percentage, just a bunch of people who do.
  • -3 Hide
    halcyon , November 16, 2013 4:22 PM
    I have put my old now-sold (hey, that rhymes) Note 2 in my back pocket but really don't see the curving thing being relevant. Most hot chicks aren't gonna mess up your view by putting a big-azz phone in their back pocket. That'd just be inconsiderate to us viewers. Sheesh.
  • -2 Hide
    7amood , November 16, 2013 7:16 PM
    source: pocket-lint.com
    just in case you hope to find more info... there isn't. I had to waste time and look for the original source just because tom's refuse to provide nothing but themselves as a source...

    http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/125171-lg-g-flex-curved-battery-pictured-out-of-phone-it-s-certainly-bendy
  • 2 Hide
    rwinches , November 16, 2013 9:15 PM
    I live in a college town and the 'hot chicks' most certainly do keep their phone in their back pockets. So do the 'hot chicks' that work in the fast food restaurants.

    I am amazed that so many tech commenters are upset at this limited release.

    No most people don't place their phone face down on a table.

    No most people don't enter text into their phone while in lays flat on a table.

    I really appreciate all the junior scientists/marketing strategists here that are so much smarter that the professionals that actually get paid and are employed by companies like LG.

    Anyway, it's just a slight curve, get over it.



  • 1 Hide
    rwinches , November 16, 2013 9:20 PM
    Go here to see the phone and maybe become informed.
    http://www.gottabemobile.com/2013/11/16/lg-g-flex-curved-design-not-the-most-exciting-feature/
  • 2 Hide
    gofasterstripes , November 17, 2013 12:45 AM
    Came here expecting a curved battery,
    was not disappointed.
  • 0 Hide
    reggjoo , November 17, 2013 8:24 PM
    I'll take it, it's not that hard to see the advantages. A screen that can flex, not made of breakable glass, unibody that has some give to it, powerful soc, self healing back, cmon guys! I wish they would have left it straight though. Now waterproof it, and it would be the most indestructable(sorry pantech) phone out there.
  • 0 Hide
    gm0n3y , November 18, 2013 10:52 AM
    I'm more impressed that they managed to get the actual circuit board to flex that much. Will it be able to stand up to repeated use and abuse over a few years?
  • 0 Hide
    Zachasaurs , November 18, 2013 5:54 PM
    people say its dumb now.. a few months later placed at $600 and people still buy it!!!
  • 0 Hide
    aktomjerry , November 18, 2013 11:43 PM
    At least let the phone hit the market first. Let few people use it and then they will give you their first hand experience review regarding the "Curved Screen" ...

    how can u say that it will be uncomfortable or comfortable just by knowing the only fact that it has got a "Curved Screen" ? ? ?