According to a press release from Samsung Korea, the company has finally announced the LG G Flex curved OLED phone. This is LG’s offering for the new curved smartphone segment, which they’ve been eagerly trying to enter since Samsung announced their Galaxy Round curved display smartphone.
The difference between the LG G Flex and the Galaxy Round is that the two displays are actually curved in opposite directions. The LG G Flex is curved where the top and bottom of the phone are the highest points with the mid-point between them is the lowest and deepest part of the curve. This is in contrast to the Galaxy Round, which is curved side to side with the entire middle of the phone top to bottom being the low point and the right and left sides of the phone being the high points. Essentially the LG G Flex will up up and down while the Galaxy Round will rock side to side. The real question is, which one is more useful?
Frankly, I think that LG’s curving method will ultimately serve the best purpose. Not because their method of curving the phone is better, but rather that it provides a better test case the company to transition into wearable phones with increasingly more curved displays. I just don’t see how Samsung’s method would actually result in a better phone, especially since the software that they included with it doesn’t really feel like it adds much to the phone in terms of functionality.
When you look at the LG G Flex, you can tell that it has a lot in common with the LG G2, especially on the back. It will have the same Snapdragon 800 SoC and 13 Megapixel camera. However, it appears that LG and Samsung both haven’t quite figured out how to make 1080P OLEDs that they can curve since both the G Flex and the Round are 720P displays, which may deter some buyers expecting 1080P on basically any flagship phone nowadays. While this phone has very similar specs to the G2 and the Note 3/Round, it does actually have a much bigger battery than both with a 3,500 mAh battery to power the humongous 6" screen. LG’s press release also states that the phone will come with 32GB of eMMC storage and will have a memory card slot as well, but it remains to be seen if this is made available in the US market.
LG also touts the fact that the back of the phone is coated in a specific material that is self-healing like Wolverine from X-Men and can heal itself from scratches within minutes. The scratch resistant film is supposed to give users the ability to keep their phone looking new like the very first day they got it. Hopefully LG will also adopt Sony’s and Samsung’s water resistant improvements as well. Since a curved and waterproofed phone that can heal itself almost sounds like a science fiction movie. So far, no dates have been given on when the phone will be available outside of Korea, where it will be available next month, but once we know we’ll be sure to pass the information on to you.