LG G Flex 2 hands-on and first impressions

by: Joshua VergaraJanuary 5, 2015

Looking to continue the stellar run they had last year, LG is kicking off 2015 with one of their more unique smartphone offerings. While the original G Flex can be considered an experiment of sorts, LG is now hoping to bring this special form factor to the mainstream with its successor. We are on the floor at CES 2015, and this is our first look at the LG G Flex 2!

With a size that is less unwieldy, top of the line specifications, and numerous features to take advantage of the curve, LG has certainly gone all out with the G Flex 2. In terms of design, LG staples like the ultra-thin bezels and the rear button layout all make a return with the G Flex 2, packed into a more manageable form factor compared to its predecessor, courtesy of its smaller 5.5-inch display. The design language is quite similar to the LG G3, albeit with a few unique differences.

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Of course, the big story with the G Flex 2 is the significant curve from the top to bottom, which not only makes the device look great, but makes it more ergonomic to use. The self healing back that was introduced with the G Flex also makes a welcome return here, in an improved iteration, with the healing times reduced dramatically from a few minutes to under 20 seconds.

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As mentioned, the LG G Flex 2 now features a more mainstream display size of 5.5-inches, with resolution also bumped to Full HD, resulting in a pixel density of 403 ppi. Even if Quad HD is now the way to go when it comes to flagship devices, there is little to fault at the P-OLED display of the G Flex 2. With its vivid colors and excellent viewing angles, you will certainly have a great experience on this screen. The display is protected by LG’s in-house DuraGuard glass technology, which uses a chemical treatment to make the panel more durable, and is said to be even sturdier than Gorilla Glass 3.

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Under the hood is an octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor clocked at 2 GHz, backed by the Adreno 430 GPU, and 2 GB of RAM. Following the Galaxy Note 4 LTE-A that is available exclusively in South Korea (and hasn’t been officially confirmed to use Snapdragon 810), this is only the second smartphone to feature this processing package, which further enhances the allure of this already distinctive smartphone.

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The G Flex 2 also comes with the option of expandable memory on top of the 16 GB of 32 GB already available, by up to 128GB, so storage worries are a thing of the past with this device. The device also packs a non-removable curved battery with a 3,000 mAh capacity, and fast-charging capabilities that lets you get 50% of the charge back in around 40 minutes.

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When it comes to the camera, the G Flex 2 features a very similar setup to the LG G3, with a 13 MP rear shooter with OIS+, a dual LED flash, and the laser auto focus system which is said to be faster this time around, along with a few software enhancements as well. The LG G3 was one of the best in terms of mobile photography last year, and we are certainly very excited to run the camera of the G Flex 2 through its paces in the coming weeks.

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On the software front, the G Flex 2 comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, with the LG G UI on top. If you are familiar with the software experience you get with the current crop of LG smartphones, you will be right at home with the G Flex 2. Even with the latest iteration of Android on board, the material design elements don’t entirely make their way into LG’s customized user interface, save for the revamped Recent Apps screen and notification drop down. One unique software feature of note is Glance View, that lets you view key information such as time, recent messages or missed calls with a swipe down on the curved screen, even while the display is off.

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Display5.5-inch Full HD Curved P-OLED
1080p, 403 ppi
Processor2 GHz 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
Adreno 430 GPU
Storage16/32 GB, expandable up to 2 TB
Network4G / LTE / HSPA+ 21/42 Mbps
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X) 4.1, NFC
SlimPort, A-GPS / Glonass, USB 2.0
CameraRear 13.0MP with OIS+ with Laser Auto Focus
Front 2.1MP
Battery3,000 mAh
Dimensions149.1 x 75.3 x 7.1-9.4mm
152 grams
ColorPlatinum Silver, Flamenco Red


So, there you have it – a quick look at the LG G Flex 2! The G Flex series is not just about the curve anymore, with G Flex 2 featuring a more standard size, the latest processing package available, an upgraded display, and what should be a fantastic camera experience. We certainly can’t wait to further explore what the G Flex 2 has to offer, but until then, stay tuned with Android Authority as we continue to bring you more comprehensive coverage of CES 2015!

  • Fabrizio Degni

    LG will rule that year. I loved the first, I will love that one as well.

  • AT

    My next phone probably … hope they don’t make it super expensive.

    • Anonymousfella

      This is marketed as a high end niche device. Probably priced along the lines of the Note Edge…

  • Mike Bastable

    looks rather awesome

    • Frank Bank

      and you would be correct sir it is awesome it flexes I mean come on a phone that flexes you can put it in your back pocket sit down and it flexes and that’s awesome because when I flex my muscles it flexes its muscles to all the lady started staring they want to rip the shirt off of my phone just the same we be at the beach and all the ladies be like No Flex Zone

  • Adam

    I honestly think this is better than the G3. The screen was my biggest issue with the G3.

    • makkyun

      Same. But I rooted mine, flashed a fix for the oversharpening. Looks pretty good!

    • Frank Bank

      even though you can’t remove the battery it might be just around the best that money can buy I mean come on it’s good let’s put it that way and I like the flex I like the 8:10 Snapdragon I mean it’s like whoa because it’s so blazing fast he be Blazin all the sudden he’d be like whatp see I must have meant the flex was flexible

  • Dark_Laser

    Removable back with non-removable battery? GTFO.

  • MasterMuffin

    The only complaint I can come up with is the rear cover’s material being a fingerprint magnet. Just amazing!

    • Anonymousfella

      From TheVerge’s Vlad Savov: “It doesn’t collect fingerprints easily and its ostentatious shine is rather in keeping with LG’s effort to present the G Flex 2 as a premium-class smartphone with a bit of added pizzazz”
      So your complaint is invalid! :P

      • MasterMuffin

        I find that hard to believe, but if it’s coming from the usually slightly anti-Android Verge, I guess it’s true.

        • Anonymousfella

          I wouldn’t quote verge on android stuff but this is the only article(among the ones I read) that comments on the phone not being a finger print magnet!

    • Frank Bank

      Abbeville someone were to steal at least they know who did it

  • Sperrybird

    sucks the battery can’t be swapped out.

    • pritish

      Seriously! You came here looking for that?

  • Anonymousfella

    With an SD810 and “just” a 1080p panel, this will fly!

  • Manish Kumar Sharma

    ERROR!! Storage 16/32 GB, expandable up to 2 TB It’s 128GB please edit!!

    • Anonymousfella

      I’d love to have 2TB on my phone!

    • James may

      Nope . Its not 128GB . There is no typo error . Its really 2terabyte of storage. If you could afford it . Look at the previous LG g flex 2 article, it says 2tb also . No typo .

  • Chris

    very nice. They did a good job on the gflex2. I like that glance slide down when display is off. Question: Does that mean that the display is technically always on but blacked out?? Cool stuff. And battery locked in place? And the back panels look sharp and will suck in finger print grease BUT, everyone always uses a case lol.

  • R.G. Etienne

    Self healing coating is why I was interested in the 1st G Flex. I owned one and this feature turned out to be pretty disappointing.
    Apparently, this has only been improved in terms of speed… Too bad, really, you’ll need to put a case which won’t do justice to this device. I might go for Motorola after all.

    Still a massive improvement (camera and display) over an already great but fragile device. I’ll recommend it to my friends if the price is lower than for the first G Flex.

  • AfterActs

    Kinda bummed that LG decided to ditch the 6″ form factor on this one. It’s basically just the “G3 bendie” at this point :( and you’re not getting the Quad HD display at that. Kinda feels like they left out the one feature that made the original G Flex unique and worthwhile.

    • ignoton

      1080p not enough for you? I have 540×960 phone and 1366×786 laptop, never cried for pixels

  • Shahzeb

    Can you tell me about the benchmark score?

  • jack

    Why only 2gb of Ram and not 4GB? Oh well its still a nice phone. Hanging onto my Note 3 till fall.

    • Matthew Dorris

      But it’s also the first phone to have ddr4 ram which is 50% powerful and more efficient than ddr3 which means it’s equal if not better than 3gig phones out there today

    • Because Samsung hasn’t even been making 4GB LPDDR4 for a month. MWC phones line Z4, M9, S6 and G4 will most likely come with 4GB LPDDR4.

  • naqqash19

    So, first 2015 phone that has 1080p screen, 13mp shooter, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage for the basic model. I feel like home; now my next upgrade is going to be in 2016 because S801 is enough for me as of now.

  • Kazahani

    Yes but will it bend?


    • crutchcorn

      Only will it bend joke I like

  • galaxyNote4isBoss

    The Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge pimp slaps this silly Lg G Flex 2 so easily it’s comical.

    • squiddy20

      Yep, that’s totally not a fanboy comment. No proof or further explanation on how/why, just that it is.

    • John Dodson

      Lol “a Galaxy Note pimp slaps”. I can count all of your quotes on one hand.

    • Matthew Dorris

      With 2 gigs of ddr4 ram, efficient 1080p screen, and the snapdragon 810, this silly bendy phone will run circles around the note 4 and note edge

  • Rickard Olsson

    Really happy they went with 1080p instead of QHD.

  • KeyserSoze

    What’s with the god damn super thin fonts on this website’s articles? It’s too hard to read dammit, make it a little thicker.

  • Beamu

    32gb comes with 3gb ram I think. Just like g3

  • s2weden2000

    that’s right! ePicness …

  • tBs_Battousai

    Can’t wait to see what the G4 will be :D
    but for the love of god put 3gb of RAM in the G4, lollipop can be laggy on the G3…

  • shamatuu

    again their 5.0 version ruins Google’s version.

  • I’d like to hear what people find appealing about a curved phone. Has no appeal whatsoever for me. I like LG though, have their G3 and totally happy with it.

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  • DynamikD

    I thought this was suppose to have 4gb of RAM?

    • Frank Bank

      I thought I was supposed to have 8 gigs of RAM but maybe I’m crazy I could be

  • Debbie Haggerty

    Love the curves