The MVP of CES 2015- LG G FLEX 2

LG really is one of a kind when it comes to designing smartphones. They separate themselves from other OEMs when it comes to design and functionality. This is especially true when it comes to LG’s Flex series. LG is also known for manufacturing curved displays, like their Flex line up of smartphones, their OLED Curved TV’s and monitors. But the LG G Flex 2 is what we are here to talk about today.

At CES 2015, at the Las Vegas convention center, the G Flex 2 was the star of the show in our opinion. This unique device resembled their previous device, the G Flex. The device’s display has a curved body, sporting a 5.5 Inch. Other display specifications include a P-OLED display, 403 Pixels per Inch (PPI) and an FHD (1920×1080) resolution. This device sports 2015 specs, but was announced in 2014, which is odd because this device’s screen still features a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen, while other manufacturers like Samsung went with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, on their Galaxy Alpha handset, and the Galaxy Note 4.

The LG G flex was announced at CES this year

The LG G flex was announced at CES this year

This device has a quite unique feature that is unheard of, which is called “Self-Healing”. The removable back cover is able to withstand tough scratches, dents, and scuffs, plus an added bonus. The ability to totally dissipate the damage and scratches by itself as time goes on is truly amazing. There are many videos online that replicate or demo this process, by simulating the device sitting in your pocket with sharp metal objects bouncing around and hitting the device’s back cover. Some people even went as far as to deliberately scratch the back with aluminum brushes, and created a time-lapse of the self-healing process, something Phonearena has previously covered.

Now I know what many of you are thinking. With a curved display like this resting flat on a table facing frontwards, isn’t this device extremely susceptible to being crushed and squished flat? 

This was also something I wondered myself many times, before I saw videos and demonstrations online showing the curved body being bent. To my surprise the device withstood the toughest of bends, and even went straight back to being a curved display after withstanding bending of extreme strengths, something that the iPhone 6 failed to do.

The G Flex 2 can be seen sporting a similar button layout and design as the original G Flex, the G2, the G3, and the rumoured G4. The volume and power button is still aligned vertically, with the volume up button stacked on top of the power button, and the volume down button beneath the power button, and the power button being in the middle. This device truly is unique in many ways including the design, button layout, functionality, and specifications.

LG’s Flex 2 was announced in late 2014, as the first device to feature Qualcomm’s next generation Chipset, the famous Snapdragon 810 Processor. This beastly chipset is one of the mobile world’s most powerful processors, featuring an Octa-core chipset; a Dual Quad-core Cortex A53, and A57. 

Qualcomm has officially listed the Flex 2 as their first device to feature the 810, as shown in the devices section of their website.

The Specification Sheet

Device Specifications courtesy of GSMARENA.

  • ·        Network Connectivity: GSM/HSPA+/LTE
  • ·        Weight: 150g
  • ·        Micro Sim Card
  • ·        Curved P-OLED capacitive multi-touch
  • ·        5.5 Inches FHD (1920X1080) 403 Pixel Density (PPI)
  • ·        Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • ·        Snapdragon 810 Octa-Core Chipset (Quad-Core 1.5GHz Cortex A53 and 2.0GHz Quad-Core Cortex A57
  • ·        Adreno 430 GPU
  • ·        16GB internal Storage w/ 2GB RAM or 32GB internal Storage w/ 3GB RAM
  • ·        Removable, self-healing back cover with Micro SD Card Support up to 128GB
  • ·        13MP Primary Camera (4128×3096) with Dual LED Flash and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
  • ·        2.1MP Secondary Camera
  • ·        3.5mm Audio Jack
  • ·        Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • ·        Removable Li-Po 3000mAh Battery


The common specifications of this device, except the unique features like the curved display, and button layout seems a lot like some of the hardware that other 2015 Flagship devices are rumored to have. Some say that Snapdragon’s 810 Chipset is a bit overkill, because no existing application that can be run on android smartphones can really take advantage of the Octa-Core that it provides, except for Benchmarking and achieving record high results. 

All in all, this handset seems to be an absolute unique beast, being the successor of the G Flex. We eagerly await the arrival of the G Flex 3 in the future; hopefully by then there will be major advancements in LG’s research, bringing us more unique features. Stay tuned to for coverage of the MWC 2015 convention in the upcoming week(s).

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About Kenny Leung
Kenny currently lives in Buffalo, NY. Where he studies computer networking & programming. He has owned a number of Android phones including the Galaxy s3, Galaxy 3 mini, Galaxy s4 mini, LG optimus 3D, and the Oneplus one which he is currently using. Kenny will likely get the Oneplus two once it is released.

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