LG’s G Flex was a pretty impressive device. Considering all of the talk around “bendgate” and easily-breakable phones these days, it makes perfect sense for the South Korea-based phone maker to take another shot at a phone that provides a self-healing back, a body that actually flexes and more. Meet the G Flex 2: LG’s next shot at a curved smartphone, and one that packs as much brains as it does beauty.
We had a chance to go hands-on with the G Flex 2 during the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, and we’re really liking what we see. LG shrank the size down to a 5-5-inch display, but added a 1080p panel instead of the 720p screen that wasn’t too stellar last year.
Additionally, the Gorilla Glass 3 display has a new coating that makes it even more resistant against cracks and scratches. And the back self-healing panel that was found on the G Flex can now heal itself again dings in a matter of seconds, and it’s even better at doing so, LG told TechnoBuffalo. Also: the back panel can be removed this time around, allowing you to add in a microSD card. Unfortunately, the curved battery cannot be removed.
Under the hood, you’ll find the latest octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, Android 5.0 Lollipop, a large 3,000mAh battery, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0, NFC, either 16GB or 32GB of storage with a microSD card slot that supports up to 2TB of additional storage (you won’t find a microSD card with that capacity just yet, however), either 2GB or 3GB of RAM (depending on the market) and more.
On the back, there’s a 13-megapixel camera with OIS and LG’s laser auto-focus technology, and you’ll also find an IR blaster for controlling your TV and other household items on top of the phone, and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera.
We’re really impressed by this device. The 5.5-inch screen really doesn’t feel too big, and LG designed the curves so that it looks thinner than it really is, which is a pretty cool trick, and we’re really digging the red color option, which will be sold alongside a gray model. LG didn’t announce carrier partners, a release date or pricing yet, though that information should be made available shortly.
Check out our hands-on video and photos for a closer look.