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LG is coming full force to CES 2015 with the release of its amazing LG G Flex 2, the first smartphone officially announced to come with the latest Qualcomm SoC, that features the Snapdragon 810 2 GHz octa-core 64-bit processor, optimized for Android 5.0 Lollipop and the Qualcomm Adreno 430 GPU.

When the Korean manufacturer unveiled the first Flex last year, we were happy to discover a unique form factor, however, we were not utterly convinced about the benefits of such a design. Today, after seeing the great improvements made on the build quality and the product design of the second generation, I am quite sold on this device.

The LG G Flex 2 leverages some of the technology build in the LG G3, one of our preferred smartphones currently on the market, and benefits from the improvements of the innovations experimented in the LG G Flex, and it looks like it got the best of both.

The LG G Flex 2 comes in two flavors, Flamenco Red and Platinum Silver, no words on pricing and availability have been shared by the manufacturer during the briefing.

Key Specifications (may vary depending on market):

  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 2.0GHz 64-bit Octa-Core CPU
  • GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 430
  • Display: 5.5-inch Full HD Curved P-OLED (1080 x 1920 pixels / 403 ppi)
  • Memory: 16/32GB eMMC ROM / 2GB DDR4 RAM / microSD slot (up to 2TB)
  • Camera Rear: 13.0MP with OIS+ with Laser Auto Focus /
  • Camera Front: 2.1MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh (embedded)
  • Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Size: 149.1 x 75.3 x 7.1-9.4mm
  • Weight: 152g
  • Network: 4G / LTE / HSPA+ 21/42 Mbps
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X) 4.1, NFC,SlimPort, A-GPS / Glonass, USB 2.0
  • Color: Platinum Silver, Flamenco Red
  • Other: Gesture Shot, Gesture View, Glance View …

Industrial Design (Excellent)

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"FLUID, ELEGANT AND INCREDIBLY EYE-CATCHING"The LG G Flex 2 delivers state of the art product design that makes the curved form factor look fluid, elegant and incredibly eye-catching. By comparison, the first model felt bulkier, larger, and a little too curved.

LG has modified the radius from 700 mm to 400 mm, and, according to the manufacturer, the new smartphone “incorporates a symphony of curves ranging from a radius of 400mm to 700mm across the front, back, sides and top-to-bottom edges”. Additionally, the curve brings the microphone closer to the phone during a call, which allows for better sound quality.

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The new model is sleeker, lighter (152g vs. 177g) and conveys a more fluid and dynamic look than the LG Flex. The body is also more compact: 149.1 mm vs. 160.5 mm and 75.3 mm vs. 81.6 mm.

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The key element that sets the LG G Flex 2 apart in terms of elegance is the unique texture on the back side. Labelled “Spin Hairline Pattern” by the manufacturer, it provides a radial gradient effect that looks particularly amazing on the red version. I have definitely never seen such a texture on a smartphone.

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One of the key innovations of the G Flex was its self-healing capability. Basically the device is able to remove scratches from its surface within minutes. The healing time has been reduced from 3 minutes to 10 seconds at room temperature! The technology cannot operate at cold temperature.

Last but not least, the glass on the display is roughly 20% more durable than the one on the original G Flex, thanks to chemical treatment developed by LG.The G Flex 2 is more comfortable to hold in the hand than its predecessor, partially due to the new curves’ angles, and part due to a more compact chassis. "BOTTOM-LINE: A HEAD-TURNER"

After using it for a couple of weeks, it is clear that LG’s decision to scale back on the size was the right one. The phone will appeal to a much larger audience. It fits very well pants pockets (front or back) and its curvature isenough to give it a distinctive look, but not make it feel “thick” or anything like that. Bottom-line: it is a head-turner, and most peoplewe showed it to agree.

Filed in Cellphones >Reviews. Read more about CES, CES 2015, G Flex 2, LG and Smartphones.

Display
5.5"
1920x1080
P-OLED
401 PPI
Price
~$280 - Amazon
Camera
13 MP
F Aperture F-Stop
OIS
Weight
152 g
Battery
3000 mAh
Non-Removable
No Wireless Charg.
Launched in
2015-01-01
System
2GB RAM
Snapdragon 810 + MicroSD
Storage (GB)
16
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