LG unveiled its own curved-display smartphone on Monday, spurring the race to produce a genuinely flexible device. Early this month, Samsung Electronics launched the first curved phone.
LG’s G Flex arcs from top to bottom while Samsung's Galaxy Round is curved horizontally. Due to the vertical curve, it fits in better to the shape of the users' face and offers a better hand grip, claimed Park jong-suk, the head of LG's mobile communications business.
Unlike the Galaxy Round, which uses a rectangular battery like conventional smartphones, the G Flex comes with a curved battery produced by LG Chem. That is a significant technological advance as core components like display and battery need to be bendable if the phone itself is to be flexible.
The G Flex has a power button on the back like the G2, LG's flagship smartphone, but the 6-inch screen is larger than the 5.2-inch one of the G2. It can also display functions on a split screen.
The vertical curve enhances moving images if the phone is turned sideways because the distance between the eyes and all parts of the display becomes more equal, thus reducing distortion.
The G Flex will be released here next month through the nation’s three major mobile carriers.