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Beautifully Curved LG G Flex Phone Shown in Press Renders

By - Source: The Verge | B 16 comments

Ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, BANANAPHONE!

The last few weeks have brought talk of two separate curved phones. Samsung took the wraps off one of those devices last week and introduced us to the Samsung Galaxy Round. Now, we're getting a little sneak peek at LG's offering, the LG G Flex.
  

Though these are official renderings of the phone, they're not official in that they weren't released by LG for public consumption. However, The Verge claims to have verified the authenticity of the photos and cites a person familiar with LG's plans that says the phone will be available next month (this matches up with previous reports we had heard). 

Other than the fact that the phone will have a curved 6-inch OLED display, the details regarding specs for this phone are thin on the ground. Given it's release schedule, we'd warrant the phone is going to come with Android 4.4 KitKat, though obviously that's just speculation at this point.

The G Flex differs from Samsung's Galaxy Round in the way that it is curved. Samsung's device is curved side-to-side. It looks like the horizontal curve would sit neatly in the palm of your hand. Meanwhile, LG's G Flex is curved top-to-bottom, or vertically and looks like it was built to sit flush against your cheek while you talk. Specswise, the Galaxy Round features a 5.7 inch 1080p Super AMOLED display powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC (MSM 8974) clocked at 2.3 GHz, 3 GB of RAM and a 2800 mAh battery. The device also provides 32 GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot for up to 64 GB of additional storage. So while we don't know what's going on under the hood of the G Flex just yet, at least we know what it's up against.


Check out the full gallery of photos over on The Verge.

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    deftonian , October 14, 2013 12:12 PM
    I'll have to see these curved phones before I can judge them. Curved from left to right seems better for a pocket because it should conform to your leg curve. Not sure how a curve from top to bottom would fit there but it would do better against the cheek. Either way, I'd like to see them in person before I decide whether it would work for me.
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    husker , October 14, 2013 12:15 PM
    A lot of money and hype about curved phones, but I think it is a novelty and will fade away as sales drop off..
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    Mirakledba , October 14, 2013 12:17 PM
    I wonder how it will do in the pocket....If you put the screen facing upwards, its gonna feel and look weird, down wards, its gonna be un comfy and if you fall on that leg, you're gonna have a bad time...
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    Shankovich , October 14, 2013 12:18 PM
    Looks pretty cool actually! It would fit on your face better...that's the only advantage I see. It's funny, we're trying to copy the curved phone shapes of centuries-old house phones hahaha. But other than that, can't see much advantage to curved phones. Save the curves for watches and, someday, transparent LCD displays (ie eye glass lenses, HUDs, windshields, etc.
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    house70 , October 14, 2013 12:19 PM
    I have used a Nexus S before, it had the best fit while in use. The idea is that it follows the curvature of your cheek and it works exactly like that.
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    ZEPd3Z , October 14, 2013 12:24 PM
    The Curve makes it easier to break the Phone while in your Pocket. but hey, at least the Screen will flex and not break... too bad everything else won't.
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    czerro , October 14, 2013 12:46 PM
    Strange. The tech is neat, but I fail to see it's utility in a phone. Phones keep getting bigger and more ungainly and everyone LOVES it. So this is sure to be a win though everyone will be hard pressed to explain exactly why. We are converging towards the lauded Zach Morris status symbol phone...
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    edenrow , October 14, 2013 12:46 PM
    With its new curves in your pocket it will also serve as a package enhancer. ==D
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    deftonian , October 14, 2013 1:40 PM
    Is that a phone in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
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    MANOFKRYPTONAK , October 14, 2013 2:51 PM
    I like the idea, but implemented more of how samsung showed off their ideal usage of curved phones.
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    ram1009 , October 14, 2013 3:25 PM
    WHY???
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    none12345 , October 14, 2013 4:54 PM
    Dumb.

    Would be annoying in your pocket. Would be annoying in 2 hands. Would be annoying when you put it down and try to use it on a flat surface.

    It would potentially be better for phone calls. But the speakers already seem to work just fine without the curve, they dont need to be next to your face anymore. Phone calls are one of the least important features of a phone these days tho. Or i should really say least important feature of a pocket computer.
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    southernshark , October 14, 2013 4:56 PM
    Usual marketing scam calling these phones "FLEX". I bet they don't flex at all. They are just curved and besides making it harder to carry in your pocket I don't get it.
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    halcyon , October 14, 2013 5:14 PM
    I've read several comments about how pocketable this phone will be. Not everyone wants to put their phone in their pocket so I don't think that needs to be a design consideration. It seems like a something the size of an iPhone or HTC One Mini would better suit those that want to carry their phone in their pockets.
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    brettms71 , October 14, 2013 8:04 PM
    Again, poor design means it can't be used on a flat surface. You will always need to hold it in your hand or it will rock....While it looks cool, just can't see a need for it. Will be style rather than functionality i guess, which is fair enough if that's what people want.
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    vinay2070 , October 15, 2013 9:24 PM
    Quote:
    Dumb.

    Would be annoying in your pocket. Would be annoying in 2 hands. Would be annoying when you put it down and try to use it on a flat surface.

    It would potentially be better for phone calls. But the speakers already seem to work just fine without the curve, they dont need to be next to your face anymore. Phone calls are one of the least important features of a phone these days tho. Or i should really say least important feature of a pocket computer.


    I totally agree with you. The phone almost stays in our pant pockets most of the time and a vertical curve is useless there. If it sits comfortably on the cheeks, then it would pick up oil from the face. Just a no go for me and many others with oily face!