Flat phones are so passe. Just weeks after Samsung launched the Galaxy Round, a concave phablet, another South Korean company has revealed its own curved handset. Dubbed the G Flex, LG’s new curved smartphone claims to be the world’s first “real curved smartphone,” boasting comfort, improved video and a brighter display than the few rivals currently battling the curved glass market.
LG G Flex Features
What makes the G Flex unique is its “swing lock screen” which moves the wallpaper in response to the tilting motion and produces different unlocking effects when the user touches different areas of the screen. There is also a feature that lets users access multimedia apps directly when they pinch the lock screen.
But that’s not all the G Flex has to offer, as it features something we have yet to see on mobile devices – self-healing technology. LG stated that the back cover of the G Flex has a special protective film that is designed to erase scratches within minutes.
The G Flex will be launched on South Korea’s three major networks this November, but no news yet as to when the rest of the world will get their hands on the said device. But how does it stack up to Samsung’s Galaxy Round?
Samsung Galaxy Round vs LG G Flex
Galaxy Round: Height 151.1 x Width 79.6 x Depth 7.9 mm, Weight 154 g
G Flex: Measures 7.9 and 8.7 millimeters thick at various points along its vertical arc, 177g
Galaxy Round: 5.7 inches Super Flexible AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 pixels
G Flex: 6-inch 720p video display
Galaxy Round: 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
G Flex: 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Galaxy Round: Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery
G Flex: 3,500 mAh
Galaxy Round: 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
G Flex: 13MP rear camera, no information on front camera yet
Too Early to Tell
It is too early to tell which of the two devices is the better option, but based on the screen quality, it seems like Samsung has a leg up on LG. But if the G Flex’s self-healing feature delivers, that may just give it one over the Galaxy Round.
Curved glass has been a dream of many consumers for years, and manufacturers have toiled tirelessly to introduce more futuristic designs into the smartphone experience. Now that the smartphone space has become so saturated, handset makers are looking to differentiate their products through better design and user-friendly features and services.
Never short on ideas is the imagination. Here’s five very cool concept designs from top manufacturers that bring together flexible screens with wearable technology, concepts we’ll hopefully see in the very near future.
This concept design for a flexible wearable computer was designed by Hiromi Kiriki, looking like something from the movie Tron Legacy. It’s a smartphone, or a tablet or even a personal computer, as it gives you the ability to perform various tasks with its flexible and stretchable screen.
This concept device is sleek with its black and neon blue color scheme, but if you’re more into color, the green and white version looks peaceful while the pink and white caters to anyone’s feminine side.
It can be rolled up for when you want to wear it on your wrist, or flattened for tabletop functionality. When rolled up, it will still give you the information you need and possibly provide some basic smartphone activities such as SMS, phone calls, status updates, or just simply giving you the date and time.
Designed by Erik Campbell, this wearable phone looks like it came from outer space because of the tactile keypad and memory alloy articulation. It still looks fashionable if you like wearing metal accessories, plus the screen is slidable that reveals a keyboard, though based on the orientation of the screen, you’d have a hard time using the keyboard while wearing it.
Dubbed as Fluid, this flexible gadget reminds me of a slap bracelet. It’s flat when you want to it be spread out, and bendable when you need to wear it. This concept was created by Brazilian designer Dinard da Mata. Because of its size, gaming might be fun using this device.
The ASUS WaveFace was introduced at CES 2010 which makes the Apple iWatch rumor look like the copycat. It features a screen that seems to be alive with waves of information, and is gesture controlled. It’s part of the ASUS Advanced Project 2010, which also showcases the Waveface Light, a flexible tablet, and the Waveface Casa, which is a home information and entertainment center.
This flexible smartphone concept seems to cater to more outdoorsy people. It doesn’t fully envelop your wrist, but it comes with a wrist cradle and colorful, flexible plates that support the device itself, as well as attach to the cradle. You can use the flexible smartphone on its own or attach it to the cradle to so it can stand on its own. It has the specs of a low to mid-end smartphone.