Update: Vodofone UK has locked in a six week exclusive for sales of the G Flex 2, when it launches later this spring.
When LG announced the original G Flex in October 2013, some speculated when/if it would hit the US, especially given that its rival the Samsung Galaxy Round didn’t leave its native country. Some weeks later, at CES 2014, it was officially confirmed. When it comes to the G Flex 2 however, there is no question as to its American debut, as AT&T, Sprint, and US Cellular have already confirmed their plans to sell it.
AT&T already has both a press release and a product page for the device, although no release date or price has been given. Sprint on the other hand, not only states a Q1 release, but also proclaims it will be the exclusive [American] carrier for the Volcano Red color variant, however silver will also be available for those who prefer a device with less flare. Also contained in the Sprint press release is a somewhat damning bit of news for those on Verizon or T-Mobile, as the text reads, “[Sprint is] proud to be one of only two national carriers in the U.S. to offer LG G Flex2.”
While Verizon never sold the original G Flex, T-Mobile most certainly did, which begs the question as to why the Uncarrier may have chosen to forgo releasing the sequel. Granted there is still a possibility of launching it at a later date, but why not strike while the iron is hot? It is also worth mentioning that Japan’s G Flex was a CDMA variant, thus Verizon technically could have launched it but passed.
It seems US Cellular will also be carrying the G Flex 2 as it had the following to say “to follow up on LG’s device announcement from today, U.S. Cellular will carry the LG G Flex 2 this Spring. We will share more details as soon as we can.”
LG has not offered any specific pricing information for the G Flex 2, but from what we gathered the device will sell at around the same price as the LG G3.
So now that the G Flex 2 has been confirmed for release in the USA, and possibly in the near future at that, who plans to buy one?
AT&T Press Release
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2015 – AT&T1 will offer the new LG G Flex™ 2 with even more features than the popular LG G Flex. The LG G Flex 2 boasts a sleeker and more stylish curved design with a shaper display, powerful hardware and intuitive software features optimized for its form factor. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.
“We’re thrilled to add the powerful, new LG G Flex 2 to our leading device portfolio,” said Jeff Bradley, SVP, Device Marketing and Developer Services, AT&T. “AT&T customers will also get a great network experience from the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network and the network that has the nation’s strongest LTE signal.” 2
The LG G Flex 2 brings a stunning 5.5-inch Full HD P-OLED display, the latest Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 800 series processor and features an Advanced Self-Healing back that repairs most scratches and nicks from everyday use. Furthermore, with the LG G Flex 2, you can enjoy a long lasting 3,000mAh battery, powered by a fast charging feature, allowing for up a 50 percent charge in less than 40 minutes.3 Features include:
- Processor: The latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series processor
- Display: 5.5-inch Full HD P-OLED
- Storage: 32 GB ROM with microSD slot
- Camera: Rear 13- MP OIS+ with Laser Auto Focus and Dual LED Flash/ Front 2.1- MP
- Battery: 3000mAh with fast charging3
- Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop
- Dimensions: 5.87 x 2.96 x 0.35 inch
- Weight: 5.36 oz
For more information, please visit att.com/gflex2.