Whenever we think of smartphones, a rectangular box like shape usually comes to mind. LG’s G Flex series is certainly a step away from that convention. With a curved body and screen, it is definitely not your everyday smartphone. Now, the G Flex2 had been announced. According to LG, the design of the curved and flexible phone is now “sleeker”, “more stylish” and is the phone that goes with anything. The G Flex2 boasts the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 2GB or 3GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera and a 3000mAh battery.
The first G Flex phone had a very large screen at 6 inches and it was just too uncomfortable to hold. The G Flex2 has learnt from its predecessor’s mistake and now its size has been reduced by half an inch which is good but it remains to be seen if it is suitable for Asians as the hand size in this part of the world isn’t very large. The G Flex 2 has a height of 149.1mm with a 75.3 mm width and 7.1-9.4 mm of thickness making it smaller than its predecessor. Its reduction in size has also caused it to be lighter and it weighs at a comfortable 152g.
Speaking of the screen, it has a 1080p display which is improved from G Flex’s 720p display. With a dimension of 1080 x 1920 pixels, this brings the ppi density to around 403ppi. The screen itself is made of P-OLED capacitive (Polymer organic light-emitting diode) touchscreen and has around 16M colors which results in a very solid viewing experience. It is protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which is supposedly up to 3 times more scratch resistant than Gorilla Glass 2.
G Flex2 runs Android Lollipop and has a MicroSD card slot which supports up to 128GB . Internally, there are 2 choices of RAM and storage. The first is a 16 GB storage with 2 GB of RAM or a 32 GB storage with 3 GB of RAM. It features all the standard communication features you might expect from a smartphone, WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, Radio and USB with NFC and infrared support too. It only supports Micro-SIM which is the standard for smartphones nowadays.The battery is a 3000mAh battery which is nice but is non-removable. It was downgraded from a 3500mAh capacity since its size was reduced. It shouldn’t be much of a problem as it is still a decent capacity which will last several days on standby and it supports fast charging technology.
The power and volume buttons are located just underneath its rear camera which is LG’s signature design. This design may or may not be good depending on how users grip their phones. It will definitely take some index finger adjusting for non-LG users. The uniqueness that the G Flex2 offers not only resides in its design, but also its self-healing feature. It claims to heal light scratches made on its back cover within seconds. This will not include larger pressure such as intentionally scratching it with keys which was a bit disappointing. The back cover is removable but it might be pricey to replace it has the self-healing feature.
Its flex feature allows you to apply pressure on the phone to straighten it and when the pressure is lifted the phone curves back into its original shape. This flexibility might be useful for people who drop their phones constantly. Surface-wise it might not even have a scratch and there might be a slight reduction in internal hardware damage with its flex mechanism by absorbing the shock of the fall. Personally, it depends on whether its durability can outweigh the extra cost caused by this feature.
There’s still no word on the pricing of the G Flex2. As it is considered a flagship tier phone, it most likely will range in the premium tier price range, starting from RM 2000 (USD 554.26) above. Personally, the features are rather high-end, so the buy factor has certainly got to be the flex features. If it is priced just above RM2000 then it is quite worth it if you need the extra durability and “coolness”.