Monday 5 January 2015 12:46 pm

CES 2015: LG unveils G Flex 2 curved smartphone

LG has launched a new model of its curved G Flex smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The G Flex 2 has curved edges on all sides giving it a sleek look and offers a “truly immersive viewing experience” on the curved screen, as well as making it easier to hold and fit in pockets, the Korean electronics firm claims.

LG Mobile chief Juno Cho called the G Flex 2 a “head-turner”. “The G Flex 2 not only has the stunning looks, it also has the powerful guts to be at the cutting edge of current smartphone technology,” said Cho.

The latest model comes just a year after the first generation G Flex, which was first unveiled at the end of 2013 and given a US release date at last year’s CES.

The new G Flex 2 will launch first in Korea at the end of January and then in the UK and other markets by the end of February.

While the smartphone market is highly competitive, LG reported a record 16.8m smartphone sales of $4.14bn on 16.8m handsets in the third quarter of 2014, up 36 per cent on the previous year and 16 per cent on the previous quarter.

Here are the G Flex 2’s key features

  • Comes in what LG calls platinum silver and flamenco red.
  • A 5.5 inch Polymer Oled (P-Oled) full HD screen.
  • Features Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor.
  • Up to 32GB storage.
  • A treatment on the glass in addition to the shape of the phone means it’s less likely to break or shatter if you drop it, LG claims.
  • The material of the G Flex 2 is self-healing so scratches and scuffs almost disappear within seconds.
  • Rapid phone charging of 50 per cent within 40 minutes.
  • A hands-free selfie preview function so that you can check what it looks like just by tilting the camera.