LG G Flex
With mobile manufacturers getting stonewalled on innovative design, LG pushes the limits yet again...
We see vehicle manufacturers reveal concept cars all the time - cars that are futuristic and bold in the ways they experiment with tech that’s not exactly mainstream at that given point in time, but according to the manufacturer’s vision, it defines the path future products will follow. LG has taken that approach towards the G Flex, which may not make much of a case for itself as a mainstream flagship phone, but it definitely boasts innovations that may just define our future.
The first innovation comes in the form of its curved display. It feels very different from any device you may have experienced before. And it should, as LG has packed in a tonne of innovation just to get that curved screen. Firstly, the display itself is POLED – a technology where each pixel is capable of emitting its own light, rather than being side-lit. Then the battery and just about all the inner components are designed to support the curvature of the phone. Lastly, the phone is deceptively rugged. You can flatten the curved screen on a table with a little pressure, and the phone will stretch itself to go completely flat, so as to not snap under pressure. The back of the phone has a protective layer that conceals minor scratches over time. We won’t recommend you run your keys wild over it, but your pocket change won’t damage the back.
The 6-inch display may be just 720p, which may not exactly seem ‘flagship’, but considering the tech put in the display, we’d imagine that the price would have only shot higher with full-HD. That said, the display is wonderful, especially for videos. The curved display on the G Flex offers that personalised sense of immersion that we didn’t experience from curved-display TVs. It visibly wraps around your field of vision, adding a sense of theatricality to the device.
The rest of the device is a powerhouse when it comes to raw specs, and the 3500 mAh battery is a workhorse, lasting over two days of average use.
Like we said, more than making a consumer device, LG has used the G Flex to showcase itself as an innovator in mobile technology; a show of muscle even. With other manufacturers struggling to innovate in that space, LG may just be on to something here.
At a glance
Display: 6.0 inches, 720x1280 pixels, Curved POLED, 245 ppi
Storage: 6 GB
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
CPU: Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400
GPU: Adreno 330
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Camera: 13 MP (primary), 2.1 MP (secondary)
OS: Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Battery: Li-Po 3500 mAh
Price: Rs 69,999