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LG G Flex hands-on and first impressions


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LG has unveiled its first curved screen smartphone G Flex in India though it will be available only in February next year priced between Rs 60,000 to Rs 65,000. The major attractions of the phone remain to be its curved display and self-healing back panel, and otherwise it brings the LG G2 like features on board, which does help it score some more points. We got to play with it for a short while at the event and here are our first impressions about this unique smartphone. Also Read - LG Gram 2021 series with 11th-gen Intel Core CPUs launched in India: Price, specifications

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LG tried changing the perception of people toward its smartphone business when it came up with its flagship G2 smartphone, which indeed was a perfect combination of powerful hardware as well as impressive software features. The G Flex is another such phone which not only brings a completely new shape, strong hardware but also G2-like software features. The key point about the phone is obviously its curvature which sets it apart from all the other smartphones in the market today. And considering that we had only seen it in images and videos earlier, it surely caught our attention for that arched shape when we saw it for real.

The phone is just slightly curved, unlike what we were imagining it to be, but still looks different. And the good part is that you will not feel a major change in the viewing angles on the display, though watching something on screen might look odd initially.

Another good part is that this new design makes it feel comfortable to hold, which is partially due to the thin body of the smartphone apart from the bend. That the top-to-bottom curve shape brings the lower part of the phone closer to your mouth when you are talking over phone, as well as fits in the palm well. The phone is flexible to the extent that even when we pressed the screen against a flat surface, it actually went flat and retained its original shape the moment we removed our hand.

We tried testing the self-healing back panel on the phone, and realized that it actually is made tough to prevent it from getting scratches in the first place. No matter how hard we tried, we couldn’t scratch it.

Besides this, the phone comes sans any keys on the sides and has the G2-like placement of keys on the back. The bottom has slots for microUSB and 3.5mm audio jack. Like the G2, the front as well as the rear panel of the phone are major fingerprint magnets.

Overall, the phone looks huge with that 6-inch display, which is a visual delight. The 720p screen which is equipped with the Plastic OLED tech with real RGB comes vibrant and crisp, though we would have preferred a full HD 1080p display, considering the cost of the phone.

Like the G2, the G Flex also runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset clocked at 2.26GHz, and coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which cannot be expanded further using microSD card. It houses a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1-megapixel front camera, which we expect to give performance that is similar to that of the G2.

The phone currently runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with LG’s own skin on top, which comes as a disappointment especially considering that the 4.4 KitKat version is already launched.

We will give you a detailed review of the phone once we get to use it for long, and check what more does the G Flex has in its kitty apart from the display. But from all we have seen so far, we reckon it is more of a proof of concept that would pave way for flexible displays and better plastics for the casing. It is unlikely to become a rage when it is launched, especially considering the price but we cannot wait to see how LG implements some of the technologies showcased in the G Flex on its other smartphones.

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  • Published Date: December 12, 2013 3:25 PM IST
  • Updated Date: December 23, 2013 6:51 PM IST

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