LG kicks off CES 2015

LG kicks off CES 2015
An attendee tries out a LG G Flex 2 curved smartphone during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2015.

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.

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