LG's curved G Flex handset heads to Europe next month

LG’s G Flex – the company’s gently curved smartphone – has so far only been made available to buyers in a handful of Asian markets, but that is soon set to change. LG says that the handset is “the world’s first to follow the curve of the human face”, and today, it announced that faces across Europe will soon be able to get up close and personal with the new handset.

From next month, LG will begin a major rollout across the continent, with plans to launch the G Flex in more than twenty European countries, including France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. The announcement follows the news that AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile will offer the ever-so-slightly flexible handset in the US, with pre-orders beginning this week.

In the US, it will go on sale for around $300 on a two-year contract, placing it at the very highest end of most buyers’ budgets, and while LG has not yet revealed details of European pricing, buyers there should expect to pay a significant sum for the device.

The G Flex features a massive 6-inch curved P-OLED display, although its resolution is just 1280x720px – disappointing for a display of that size. You won’t find Android 4.4 KitKat on board either, or even version 4.3; instead, the G Flex will go on sale in Europe with Android 4.2.2.

It’s not all bad news though – there’s a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, along with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, as well as a 13MP rear camera and a very spacious 3500mAh battery. LG also claims that the device has a “self-healing coating” on its rear which makes it “immune to minor scratches and nicks”. 

Image via LG 

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you know, before the flat display was the rage,
display devices was already curved albeit in opposite curved direction.

From the video reviews that I have seen, the image distortion is minor and doesnt take away from anything. Images look pretty damn good actually and so does video. So not sue what people are complaining about. Just another option for people. Dont like it no one is forcing you to buy it.

LG makes good phones...are they are now. N4, N5, G2...all solid great devices. Hopefully LG can start closing the gap a little with Samsung.

Next, they'll introduce the screen bent the other way. The year after that it will allow slight twisting. What a joke.

people used to only replace their phones because it either broke or did not have features and couldn't be upgraded. Now it's just money in their pockets, less in yours and they've brainwashed people into acting like moronic children in arguing that their phone is better than others, when they all have had the exact same functionality for the past decade.

Yes, but whose fault is that? The companies whose sole motive is to make a profit, or the sheep who upgrade/blindly buy stuff they don't even need? I don't blame the former at all. High time people took responsibility for their own actions instead of blaming others. Nobody is forcing them to spend money (which they often don't even have and thus get into bad credit card debt) on the latest and so-called "greatest"; it's their own stupid desire to keep up with the Joneses or show off that's to blame.

Great news, after all those years and efforts to straighten CRT displays we can finally watch distorted images again.

It's saddening that this is the direction technology development sinks in.

Does any idiot want to buy my 17" Philips CRT?

agtsmith said,
It's saddening that this is the direction technology development sinks in.
I'm not a huge fan either but what's got you so up in arms? It's not as if every company is throwing money at developing similar technology, and even those that are are still investing in other things. If you don't like it then don't buy it. If sales are miserable LG and Samsung will automatically get the idea and move on. Simple.

agtsmith said,
Great news, after all those years and efforts to straighten CRT displays we can finally watch distorted images again.

It's saddening that this is the direction technology development sinks in.

Does any idiot want to buy my 17" Philips CRT?

What's saddening is that you seem to think you know all about this product and it's display without even seeing one on the flesh. It's BS at this point to just announce that the picture is distorted. You have absolutely no evidence that the picture will look distorted.

TCLN Ryster said,

What's saddening is that you seem to think you know all about this product

What's saddening is that you interpret my comment as "you seem to think you know all about this product" whereas I only mentioned the curved display.

You have absolutely no evidence that the picture will look distorted.

Laws of physics (you name it) is "evidence" enough for me. Then again, this is probably saddening to you as well.

The point I was making is that you don't (can't) know how the picture will look until you hold one. How do you know LG hasn't implemented a solution that compensates for the curve when drawing the display? Slating it as "saddening" seems somewhat premature. Besides, the curve isn't even that pronounced. Even without LG wizardry, and assuming a curve would distort the picture, the effect can't possible be that pronounced with such a shallow curve.

TCLN Ryster said,
The point I was making is that you don't (can't) know how the picture will look until you hold one. How do you know LG hasn't implemented a solution that compensates for the curve when drawing the display?

Are you saying they might compensate for the image distortion using software to draw things accordingly? That would require too much processing power, especially with movies and games which would also need to have that done in real-time. It would also need to take in to account the distance the persons eyes are from the phones screen, as the curves visible distortion will increase and decrease at distance. Basically what you're saying is near impossible and theres no way LG have anything like this.

I know this phone wont look really distorted as the curve isn't big enough, but it is still distorted, and to me thats going backwards and is unacceptable. But the whole issue can be solved by... you know... making a flat display. A curved phone is also impractical, theres only disadvantages, but if it was flat and bendy that would actually be useful and make it harder to damage.

Great news, i can't wait to buy a phone that displays a distorted bent image, thats exactly what i've always wanted!! Now i just need a car with square wheels and my life with be complete.

/s

NoClipMode said,
Great news, i can't wait to buy a phone that displays a distorted bent image, thats exactly what i've always wanted!! Now i just need a car with square wheels and my life with be complete.

/s


I don't know why but i love what you wrote.

Distorted? As you've clearly held one of these and know first hand that the curve makes the picture worse, I'd love to hear some more information on the phone please.

TCLN Ryster said,
Distorted? As you've clearly held one of these and know first hand that the curve makes the picture worse, I'd love to hear some more information on the phone please.

This should be ridiculously obvious to even a 10 year old. But a curved display will always show a distorted image. It's literally impossible for it not to. While it's not a massive curve, any curve will make a image look distorted, it's unavoidable (with the exception of very large inward curved TV screens and the person sitting in exactly the right spot, which isn't possible to do with a phone as the distance/position will always vary).

It'll no doubt be around £300 because exchange rates are ignored. I don't know why.

LG did a great job with the quality of the N4. I could be tempted...

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