CES 2015: LG refreshes its curved smartphone with the LG G Flex 2

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gflex2LG has announced at its CES 2015 press conference what everyone knew yesterday: it will introduce a new curved smartphone. Called the LG G Flex 2, the revamped phone is smaller, faster, and a bit tougher than its predecessor.

It is smaller because the phone’s display has been reduced from the massive 6-inch display found on the original G Flex to just 5.5 inches. LG says it makes the phone a “perfect fit” for the eyes and in your hands. I’m just pleased that the size was reduced because the LG G Flex was just a little bit too big for my liking. However, the screen is now a 1080p P-OLED display instead of 720p.

In addition, the hardware specs have been given a significant boost: it now features the powerful “octa-core” Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. It still has 2GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage with a microSD card slot, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. LG has not released any information about battery life, but says that you can recharge up to 50 percent in under 40 minutes.

The self-healing back has also been improved, with nicks and scratches healing in ten seconds under room temperature (compared to three minutes in the G Flex). LG has also noted that the screen is 20 percent more durable than a conventional screen, because of the curved screen spreading the impact and because it has treated the glass with a special chemical.

Design-wise, the G Flex 2 incorporates a “symphony of curves” with varying degrees of curves across the front, back, sides and edges. It is said to give the smartphone a “sleeker and more dynamic look.” LG is also touting the phone as more ergonomic, with the microphone positioned closer to your mouth for better sound pickup.

As usual, the G Flex 2 is filled with LG’s customisations. This includes Gesture Shot, which makes it easier to take the “perfect selfie” with a simple hand gesture; Gesture View, making it easy to see your last shot after taking a photo; and Glance View, which displays key information with a downward swipe even if the screen is off.

The phone will be available in Korea from the end of the month, followed by launches in other markets. No word on Australian availability.

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