LG may unveil curved phone next month

LG may unveil curved phone next month

SEOUL - Smartphone maker LG Electronics is expected to unveil its first curved-display smartphone, the G Flex, as early as Nov 11, according to sources.

As revealed in previous leaks, the phone will have a vertical concave - curved from top to bottom - unlike the latest Samsung Galaxy Round, which is curved horizontally.

The curved Oled display is said to measure 6 inches, and, as expected, will utilise IPS technology. The device will be almost as large as the Note series from Samsung.

LG sources said the company decided on the top-to-bottom curve based on research showing that it would be a better fit for the face when talking, and will also be easier to carry in pockets, which are usually in vertical positions on garments.

The G Flex is to be fitted with a 13MP camera, and is likely to have a rear button, the same as the recently launched LG G2.

However, like the Galaxy Round, the phone will not be bendable, meaning that LG has yet to unveil a smartphone that is truly flexible. But this may happen soon, as LG Chem recently announced it would be mass-producing flexible batteries, which are an essential component in a truly flexible phone.

The G Flex is expected to be sold at more than 1 million won (S$1,160), making it one of the priciest handsets in the market.

LG is likely to set an annual sales target of 120,000 units globally, with plans to up the production based on demand.

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