LG confirmed to release a curved phone soon, dubbed G Flex (Updated with specs)

by: Bogdan PetrovanOctober 3, 2013

lg flexible display oled Credit: Yonhap

Curved phones are soon going to be a reality, and one of the very first may come from LG.

According to CNet’s Roger Cheng, LG is preparing to launching a 6-inch curved display phone called G Flex. Don’t let the name mislead you though – the device itself will not be flexible, but it will feature a plastic based OLED (POLED) screen that bends around the phone’s curved profile.

The G Flex seems to be the commercial name of the LG Z device that ZDNet Korea reported on yesterday. LG Z could be just an internal codename for the project, though the final name is allegedly still on the table. The LG G Flex may launch in November, though delays are possible, reports Cheng.

So, what should we expect from this pioneering new design? It won’t be anything crazy, that’s almost sure. The image below, extracted from a patent filing, should give you an idea of the actual curvature of the screen. Supposedly, “the curve is dramatic enough to comfortably fit around your face but not so angular that it looks weird.”

 lg g flex curved phone CNet

If you remember the launch of the Galaxy Nexus, Google teased a curved phone, but that sadly turned out to be just an exaggeration. The LG G Flex, on the other hand, may actually be worthy of a teaser like this:

galaxy nexus curve

Flexible displays have been a long way coming, but now it looks that Samsung and LG are both ready to finally deliver commercial products. Samsung is going to release the first curved screen device next week in South Korea, possibly a limited edition of the Note 3.

Update: a Japanese blog identified a device codenamed LG-F340L that fits the description of G Flex/LG Z in the GFXBench benchmark database. Here are the possible specs:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 @ 2.3GHz
  • HD resolution ( 1280 x 720)
  • Model info: lge / z_lgu_kr / zee: 4.2.2/JDQ39B/F340L_LAP8974JMR1R130820.1376962998: userdebug / test-keys
  • LTE-Advanced/W-CDMA/GSM
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

Are you interested in the G Flex if these specs turn out to be accurate?

  • Dimitar Gospodinov

    ohhh we havent seen “something BIG” or “the next BIG thing” recently….

    • MasterMuffin

      They even copy Samsung’s ads…

      • Dimitar Gospodinov

        everybody is using this “BIG” slogan…poor imagination….alot of people are not doing their job right…

        • MasterMuffin

          The next HUGE thing, the next GIGANTIC thing etc. :)

          • APai

            sorry, superlatives are ALL claimed by apple.

          • MasterMuffin

            The next bigger thing, the next more gigantic thing? :)

          • APai

            :) yeah, but you’ve gotta give it to the apple, they carry it pretty well.
            its pretty standard, simple & lucid, although there’s no longer that elan’ with which they used to announce stuff.
            The typical apple swagger & jobs’ charisma is also missing.

          • MasterMuffin

            True dat, Jobs had dem swags. Seriously though, Cook seems like a too shy guy!

          • The amazing thing. Again.

          • APai

            hehe. typical apple keynote goes like this:
            “incredible … amazing … superb… awesome…. tremendous …. fantastic … unique…. brilliant ….”

            garnish it with some choice stats, some headers, and some grammar, and you are set! :)

          • Ivan Myring

            The amazing thing.
            Some more

    • Karl Massia-Demers

      That’s because its a GNex ad

  • MasterMuffin

    I don’t believe that that could make the device easier to use. It seems like the opposite to me and laying that down on table and trying to write/do anything is going to be a fun experience :D

    • Ugslick

      Agree. At this point it’s more about the novelty and saying ‘We released a curved screen device’ rather than any practical or functional reason.

  • Blowntoaster

    wasn’t the whole idea behind flexible displays…Durability/ less prone to damage.
    So why make a curved device…?

    • Dimitar Gospodinov

      it will never fall on it’s face tho…:D

      • Izzul Islam

        but if someone sits on it tho… CRACK!

        • Dimitar Gospodinov

          I havent tryed it with my S3 but I am pretty sure it will crack if I sit on it :D so curved or not…CRACK :D

    • Roberto Tomás

      durability, low power, and cheap to manufacture.

  • Jaun Lombard

    Well its between Samsung and LG next week…Wonder if Samsung will opt for something similar or just a Note 3 version…Will it be unique but stupid like the curved thing from LG or more like the Note 3, plain but user-friendly…

  • Anon

    If flexible displays are developed to a point where the whole phone can be folded, then I think it’s best use would be for the note series – it’ll aid portability.

  • Jason Yuen

    Curved displays really are a gimmick to make a new technology stand out. The real benefit is the ability to produce even thinner flat displays using this technology and further flattening out cell phones.

  • Groud Frank

    Will this be one of those things we laugh at now and rejoice about later, like the galaxy note? Rather than make it curved I would prefer it to be foldable; make those phablets more pocket friendly. Call it a Phlip Phab ;)

    • Ivan Myring

      Without folding battery’s and components, there is no chance

      • Gunter

        Because flip phones and laptops all have foldable batteries and components

  • Dave Weinstein

    I just see this as another phone. This time with a low-resolution 6″ screen.

    No mention of camera specs. But Android 4.2.2 doesn’t bode well for them staying up to date on the OS releases. They’re late from the start.

    I’d like a 6″ screen, and the curve could be nice. But… 2560×1600 if it’s going to be that size! and at least 3GB of RAM (the Note 3 has that now!) and a good camera with OIS (at least what they have in the G2). This would be something to get excited about.

  • needa

    omg. a 720p screen. another high priced mid range phone. /s

  • yah