The LG Flex 2 is the Korean firm’s 2nd stab at a curved smartphone. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, this is a phone that is all curve from the display screen to the predominantly plastic physique. The original LG G Flex was full of progressive, albeit in the end flawed, tech and in its 2nd coming, LG appears to have realized its lesson.
Now there is a smaller, extra manageable design, a vastly improved 1080p Full HD display and a camera providing better low-light performance. Plus it is the first phone of 2015 to launch with Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor.
Whereas the jury remains to be out on whether curved smartphones are actually the future, especially when LG instructed us it is running out of concepts for different phone designs, it is really the performance that is the most important talking point of the G Flex 2.
The LG G Flex 2 kicks within the further resolution necessary to make it Full HD, that means it is flexible OLED is now on par with other 1080p screens out there together with the Moto X.
It is no longer 720p and stretched to six inches. At 5.5 inches, these 1080p lines of resolution are much more dense, equating the pixel count to 403 pixels per inch, up from the previous 245ppi.
Okay, no, this is not a Quad HD display that meets the quality of the LG G3, however the jump from 720p to 1080p appears more vital to the human eye than the trendy move to 2160p.
That is sufficient for LG to call this curved Plastic OLED very simple on the simple and immersive, however with only a few minutes, we will have a full review to be the judge of that.
What is clear right about the LG G Flex 2 display is that it is more sturdy than the first Flex as well as traditionally-shaped smartphones.
It is not completely flexible as the name suggests, however the phone does’ve some give, as evidenced by my finger forcefully pressing down on the phone’s curved again hump.
LG’s head of phone planning, Dr. Ram chan Woo, had an much more drastic check at the CES 2015 unveiling: sitting on it. The LG G Flex 2 survived unscathed.
LG touts the LG G Flex 2 as the right equivalent to the curved 4K TVs that it’s displaying off a CES 2015, a design that the corporate says naturally matches the contour of your eyes.
As skeptical as we stay about this curved trend, it does provide something new to more and more stagnant smartphone designs. They have been refined ad nauseam.
The same thing will be stated about the virtually bezel free Sharp Aquos Crystal, however it is a distant 2nd when you think about all the chances LG is taking with its design choices.
Take as an example the 2nd gen self-healing back. Light scratching the sleek “spin hairline” polish now disappear in as little as 10 seconds.
It used to take about ten minutes for these similar blemishes to fade. The LG G Flex 2’s new Wolverine powers are now 18 times quicker earlier than.
The back is also house to a different LG design sample: buttons on the rear of the telephone. Quantity up and down flank the center-located house button from the highest and backside.
This function has been controversial amongst LG phones, however when it really works effectively it is smart and the concept appears initiative and keeps the phone’s sides, which you often grip, clean.
When it does not work – whether you by chance press the power button and mistakenly flip the screen off or cannot find the correct buttons blindly – it looks like a terrible concept.
LG G Flex 2 comes two colours: Platinum Silver and the more daring Flamenco Red.
|Dimensions (mm)||149.10 x 75.30 x 7.10|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3000|
|Colours||Platinum Silver, Flamenco Red|
|Screen size (inches)||5.50|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||403|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 810|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Operating System||Android 5.0|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 4.10|
|Charging via Micro-USB||Yes|
|Proprietary charging connector||No|
|Proprietary data connector||No|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|
LG’s skinned version of Android 5.0 Lollipop must also extend LG G Flex 2’s battery life, night out the naturally smaller capacity. It’s a 5.5-inch phone after all.
Different new software options include Glance View, a way to peek on the time and notifications with a single swipe held down from the top.
Research show that folks check the time and notifications on their phone 50 times a day on average. That makes this method of lighting up only the top portion of the display screen appealing.
LG compared Glance View to an addictive game of Blackjack, an applicable metaphor given our Las Vegas CES 2015 environment.
Look View joins the present Knock Code that lights up the phone with 2 taps and unlocks it with a particular pattern and other LG G3 software just like the Smart Keyboard.
LG admitted that the unique G Flex had a camera that did not meet most users’ expectations, however the 13 MP snapper on the LG G Flex 2 intends to right those wrongs.
It has superior optical image stabilization, laser autofocus and twin flash all on the back. On the front, there is a 2.1MP front-facing camera.
The camera software can also be better, especially if you are trying to snap some selfies. Gesture shot makes its way to the LG G Flex so you may form a fist to acivate a Three second timer,
Even better, reviewing the shot happens automatically if you hold the camera down, as you’d to preview the resulting pic.
I like the LG G Flex in Flamenco Red as a result of it sums up LG’s choices quite a bit better. It is a new approach to standard smarphone design.
There’s extra to like about the LG G Flex 2 and the 1st phone certainly had its admirers. However it was a little bit of a cult following and of those fans had been all about the 6-inch display.
Nevertheless, at 5.5 inches, the new design is more likely to be picked up by bored Android phone owners bored with the identical flat design.
The specifications make sense and the LG G Flex launch date is expected in the 1st half of this year, debuting in Korea first in January.
If the worth makes sense, it is more possible this trend might become a legitimate different feature in more than just LG smartphones.