LG this week announced the G Flex is launching globally over the next few months. The roll out will start with Singapore this coming Sunday, December 8, and will continue with Hong Kong on December 13. After that, things get a bit hazier. The European launch is rumored to be set for before the end of January, so within the next six to eight weeks, really.
LG showed off the G Flex at an event in California yesterday, though the phone was first introduced in late October. Presumably this week's event was the G Flex's official coming out party.
Because this isn't just any old smartphone, the hands on session was a bit different from normal. LG showed off the phone as well as some of its components, including the flexible display as well as the flexible battery, which actually isn't removable normally. LG claims the device can be flexed up to 100 times with as much as 88 pounds of pressure.
LG also demonstrated the self-healing back and explained a bit more about the technology behind the scratch resistant casing. Thanks to a molecular substructure that rests on top of the plastic coating and pushes back against the scratches, popping them out, the phone is capable of "healing" minor scratches and scuffs. This process depends on temperature, with the molecules responding faster in warmer environments. The device also can't recover from deep scratches.
The G Flex packs a 6-inch 720p POLED display, and is based on a quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of integrated storage. The flexible battery is 3,500 mAh.