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Video: LG G Flex Quick Look [CES 2014]

We finally had a chance to pick up an LG G Flex here at CES, and well, it’s kind of awesome to hold. The curve to the 6-inch POLED display is noticeable, plus it makes the phone feel great in hand. It is massive and un-manageable with one hand, but we also understand that part of the idea here is to highlight the technology. 

For those new to the G Flex, you are looking at one of the world’s first curved Plastic OLED displays, along with a Snapdragon 800 processor, curved 3,400mAh battery, 13MP rear camera, 2GB RAM, 32GB of storage, and Android 4.2.2 underneath LG’s custom skin. LG has also used a coating or material on the back of the device that is “self healing.” In other words, slight scuffs and minor scratches will actually disappear shortly after they are made.

But again, the story here is the curve of the device. Tim asked what my initial thoughts were, and truthfully, if this phone had a 5-inch display instead of 6-inch, it might be in my pocket permanently. It’s just…cool.

We’ll have more once the phone arrives on T-Mobile, but for now, enjoy the quick look.






  • kamesen

    Its been pointed out this phone has an IR blaster to the left of the came on the back.

  • Chippah

    The Glass on this device is just a “cover” more or less for the flexible display.
    However its just as difficult to replace as a regular display, If LG planned better they would
    make the glass as easy to replace as a tempered glass screen protector as the display is very vulnerable due to the bezel less design like the G2. A good corner drop will still take out the glass guaranteed.

    LOVE my G2, just have to be extra careful with it.

    • Daistaar

      But this is Plastic OLED, not glass. I haven’t really seen plastic shatter on drop.

      • Ryan

        I think it has glass on top of the P-OLED. I saw it break on drop tests and it looked to break like glass.

        • Daistaar

          Ryan and Chippah, looks like you guys are right! Just saw a drop test video of the G Flex and it was indeed glass over the P-OLED and it did shatter. Guess this phone is a skip. Too large for a phone and self-healing back is pointless with such a vulnerable front.

  • having never touched either device, personally, I find it amusing that the LG Flex is getting a heck of a lot more attention than the Galaxy Curve did/does. pretty much announced around same exact time.

    • Chippah

      This is because Samsung went against all common sense/logic and curved the screen the wrong way and no one cares. At Least the Flex has ergonomics working for it.

      Plus anyone who went Samsung to LG has been amazed that the LG optimus UI is super snappy fast albielt some do not prefer the “looks” of it, its not a fat pig of a resource hog as touchwiz is, LG UI is more like a custom rom vs a hostile takeover of your life.

  • Adrynalyne

    Someone help me out here, gimmick aside, what problem does the Flex solve by being bendable?

    • JMonkeYJ

      I think the problem is that since it’s curved, if it didn’t bend then it could just snap or break if pressure were put on it wrong. So it needs to be bendable to solve a problem created by it being curved.

      • Adrynalyne

        So they invented the problem they needed to solve? LOL.

        • JMonkeYJ

          The engineers were ensuring their job security 😉

    • I believe one issue is when you have a phone that big, one of the few places you can comfortably put it is your back pocket. Which you’ll sit on. And with it being that big, curved or not, you’re going to exert uneven pressure on it and end up bending it. So it needed to be able to flex either way. The shape conforms to your ass to begin with, and as you sit on it, it flexes to prevent damage.

      • jboogie1289

        Makes sense and all but man, putting a phone in your back pocket to me is a No No!! Nice concept by LG tho.

        • Raven

          I think it is silly as well, but walk around somewhere like a mall and at least 50% of the girls who aren’t walking and texting will have their phones in their back pockets.

  • Bruce Wayne

    No wireless charging? No nfc? No care…

    • Ryan

      wireless charging is exclusive only to Verizon pretty much. And where did you see no NFC technically it hasnt been announced for the US.

      • Collin Chapin

        Wireless charging is exclusive to Verizon? WTF?

  • coh303

    I agree, I would like to see this design with a smaller screen. It’ll be interesting to see where LG takes this idea in the future.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    I like the self healing and bending aspects. While the Round, well….is just round