Curved smartphone from LG gets first showing

LG G Flex

LG has announced the G Flex handset this week, throwing its hat in the ring with Samsung in the curved smartphone market, with a powerful and unusual device.

The G Flex has a six inch AMOLED display which, with the curvature of its chassis, is concave. The idea is that users will find it easier to interact with a display of this size, one-handed, rather than having to use both hands to get the job done, as is virtually essential with large, flat phones.

Onboard, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM handle the number crunching, with a 3500mAh battery delivering enough juice to keep things ticking over all day.

The display may measure six inches across the diagonal and thus eclipse the Samsung Galaxy Round, its curved rival, but it only has a 720p resolution, which might disappoint those who would expect 1080p to be the standard for a high end device.

LG is releasing the G Flex in its native South Korea before the end of the year, but it is not expected to become available elsewhere until 2014, when even more curved competition may be on the horizon.

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