Look no further than the LG G Flex and the Samsung Galaxy Round on days when you wake up and start wondering what’s wrong with the world. Here are two phones by manufacturers who have been threatening to launch a curved device before the other does.
But what good does a curved display smartphone do any of us consumers? The G Flex and Round have an unusual bent shape; they’re not exceedingly flexible. And you’re twice as likely to break either by slipping it into your back pocket and then sitting down on it, right?
LG G Flex features:
– 6-inch 1280 x 720p curved POLED display
– 2.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 chip
– 2GB RAM, 32GB onboard memory
– Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
– 13MP main camera, 2.1MP webcam
– 160.5mm x 81.6mm x 7.9 to 8.7mm size
– 177g weight
– 3500mAh battery, non-removable
The touchscreen is made out of plastic, hence its durable and flexible nature. The shape of the handset means the internal components also had to sport a modified design and they do. For starters, the 3500mAh battery uses LG Chem’s Stack & Folding technology for bending itself to fit nicely under the hood. Another highlight is the phone’s self-healing rear cover coating which is elastic enough to recover from scratches and bumps.
Samsung Galaxy Round specifications:
– 5.7-inch full HD AMOLED display
– 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad core processor
– 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, 64GB microSD support
– Android Jelly Bean 4.3
– 13MP rear camera with flash, 2MP secondary one
– 79.6mm x 151.1mm x 7.9mm dimensions
– Tips the scales at 7.9mm
– 2800mAh battery
The smartphone curves inwards from one side to the other (as you can see from the video posted below). It’s not exactly a shape that makes as much sense as the G Flex’s. LG’s creation is chipped out to feel comfortable when pressed against the side of your head. It should also add to call clarity. It looks like both companies rushed to be the first with a curved display handset, but Samsung got off worse considering SamMobile’s report which says that the Galaxy Round is more of a prototype than anything else.
The LG phone is slated to hit Korea in November, following which LG will reveal launch details for other countries across the globe. If and when you do get your sneaky paws on the Galaxy Round, you may have to cough up more than $1000 for it.