Korea's LG is getting the party started at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with the LG G Flex 2.
The CES 2015 is an annual event held every January in Vegas with many brands showcasing their top products. LG's G Flex first installation wasn't exactly a flop, it just wasn't very popular due to a steep price tag with only a 720p screen.
The phone was bendable (straightened), and had a self-healing back panel, and was one-of-a-kind.
This time, the LG G Flex 2 has shed some weight, from the original and massive G Flex. The back panel is an improved self-healing panel that can heal within a 10-second window, as demo-ed by LG.
The current Flex is a 5.5-inch LED screen which has a 403 pixel per inch count, that is decent for a 5.5-inch device.
LG has greatly improved the size of the LG G Flex, because the first one was so huge. Taking on lessons from the LG G2 and G3, the G Flex 2 has shed a lot of unnecessary size and weight, making it a really small and comfortable device to hold, that is much friendlier to hold than say, an iPhone 6 Plus, which is totally unusable with one hand.
The battery is rated at 3,000 mAh, and has a detachable back panel, which is unlike most phones in the market now. Internals include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octacore 64-bit processor, which comes either with 2GB and 3GB RAM and 16 or 32GB of internal storage. Good thing is, a microSD card slot has been included in the device and is compatible up to a whopping 2TB card, which I haven't seen exist yet.
Radios include an LTE/4G connection up to 300 Mbps along with all WiFi frequencies in a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1 and Near Field Communications.
Another great feature included is the 40-minute charge time to get 50 per cent battery, which is done by a 2.6A charging with a power adapter that switches from 9V to 5V when needed. The camera also has LG G3's laser autofocus with a 13-megapixel image stabiliser. It also has two flashes, instead of one, which helps in picture taking under darker light. The front-facing selfie camera includes the G3's gesture activated software, and voice recognition to take pictures.
Knock On and Knock Code is included, which is a must-have for phones now, because clicking a lock button is so 2013. When the phone is sleeping, a downward swipe will activate "GlanceView" which gives you a quick time and date check, along with notifications without having to "wake" the phone.
In terms of software, the LG G Flex 2 comes with the latest Android flavour, Lollipop 5.0, incorporating Android Wear, which goes with LG's G Watch and the much sought after Moto 360.
So unlike other 5.5-inch devices, the LG G Flex 2's curved screen is almost possible to be used on one hand (if you have large hands) because of its 23-degrees curved top and bottom part, making them easier to reach.
The LG G Flex 2 will be launched in South Korea by the end of January 2015, and is set to be priced higher than the LG G3 because of its unique selling-point. My only wish is that it has two SIM card slots, because that's what seems to be the only thing missing in high- end devices these days.