updated 10:56 pm EDT, Sun October 27, 2013
New curved phone from LG packs self-repairing' back cover
LG on Sunday finally unveiled its rumored curved smartphone, the LG G Flex. The new device packs a six-inch display and mid-range specs, and most attention has been drawn to its vertically curving screen. The G Flex arcs from top to bottom, possibly giving it a better fit when held to a user's face.
That curved display outputs at 720p, putting it a step behind many other modern phones that have already moved on to higher pixel density displays. Inside, the G Flex has a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. Its rear camera captures images at 13MP. The device also features the same rear-oriented physical controls seen on LG's G2 flagship handset.
The device also reportedly has a "self-healing" coating on its back. That coating, according to LG, can repair hairline scratches on the G Flex "within minutes."
The addition of a curved screen may prove attractive to some consumers, as it could lead to a better feel when the phone is held to a user's face. Other observers have noted that, with further development, curved displays could prove very useful in the still-nascent wearable computing segment. LG rival Samsung has already revealed concept renders of smartwatch devices with curved displays. Meanwhile, LG is a supply partner for Apple, which has filed patents for watch devices featuring curved display technology.
The G Flex launches on South Korea's top three carriers next month. LG, though, has not given any word on whether the device will see international launch.