Unlike Samsung’s Galaxy Round, which was more prototype than product, LG is shooting for a global launch with the G Flex, and its next stop is the U.K. Pre-orders for the flexible handset opened today ahead of the device’s official launch on Jan. 20.
British phablet lovers can also look forward to grabbing the Lumia 1320, which is “coming soon” according to Nokia although the company has yet to set its release date.
If you’re looking to pick up an unlocked copy of the G Flex head to Expansys, where you can pre-order a SIM-free model starting at £689.99. Meanwhile at Carphone Warehouse you can grab the device with a two-year contract for as little as £49 upfront. Either way however, you’ll be paying heavily for the privilege of owning the world’s first flexible smartphone.
The LG G Flex comes equipped with a 6-inch flexible display allowing the phone to bend slightly, and a self-healing coating to remove scratches. The device also sports a curved 3500mAh battery, a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, and runs Android 4.2.2.
Overall it’s a solid phone, and you’ll probably feel pretty cool rocking the G Flex while your friends and family cling to their boring non-flexible smartphones. Still, it’s a lot to pay for the novelty of owning a banana shaped phone. Meanwhile, it’s also heading to the U.S. soon on T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T, though none of those carriers have confirmed a launch date.