LG’s upcoming G Flex smartphone has been making rounds in the news lately a lot, with things going as far as rendered images of what the device’s curved display might look like. After all, the device is rumored to compete directly with Samsung’s Galaxy Round – another device with a curved display. However, this is a first that we’re going to see a hands-on video and high-quality actual leaked snapshots of what might be the LG G Flex, owing to Telefe getting their hands on an actual device for an in-studio hands-on video, as well as TheVerge getting high quality leaked shots courtesy of journalist Federico Ini.
Based on the leaks, the G Flex appears to have a display measuring 6 inches, and rear mounted buttons akin to LG G2. Ini also told TheVerge that the device carries a 13MP snapper, which puts it in the same league as the G2 and the upcoming Galaxy Round. The curved display, on the other hand, is OLED and curved on a different axis. The screen edges appear to curve inwards when viewed in landscape orientation.
The device is the first of its kind to materialize in coming weeks, when it is expected to launch in South Korea. What’s really weird is that LG hasn’t disclosed any plans for any other market, let alone a worldwide launch. In fact, it hasn’t been made clear whether it will ever make appearance anywhere outside of South Korea. There hasn’t been any pricing announcement, either. When TheVerge reached out to LG Korea for a comment, they declined to affirm the veracity of the device and said that they’d have to get in touch with the company’s Argentian office to verify if the device being showcased in the hands-on video and the leaked shots is the real deal or not.
The LG G Flex would be the first device to see the light of the day that features a truly curved display. Before this, the Google Nexus S and Google Galaxy Nexus also featured contoured glass, but that was mounted atop a flat display unit and only gave an illusion of curvature. The technology behind devices like G Flex and Galaxy Round has just been mass produced, and hence, it will be in years to come that we’ll see every manufacturer jumping onto this bandwagon.