UPDATE: Both AT&T and Sprint have confirmed that they’ll offer the LG G Flex 2 in the U.S. Sprint also says that it’ll exclusively sell the “Volcano Red” color option. Unfortunately, both carriers say that they’ll reveal their launch and pricing plans at a later date, so for now you AT&T and Sprint folk are in the dark about when you’ll be able to get your curve on.
UPDATE 2: U.S. Cellular says that it, too, will offer the LG G Flex 2. It'll launch this spring.
The LG G Flex 2 is curved just like its predecessor, but it’s got several notable spec upgrades over the OG G Flex that could make the new model more appealing. Perhaps the most important is that the LG G Flex 2’s got a 5.5-inch 1920x1080 P-OLED display, which is both smaller and higher-resolution than the G Flex’s 6-inch 1280x720 screen.
LG also notes that the G Flex 2’s got a 650mm radiuscurvature on its backside, which ought to make it more comfortable to hold when it’s in your hand and fit better in your pocket. The G Flex 2’s also got a Self-Healing Back that offers faster healing than the original G Flex; LG says that the healing time has dropped from 3 minutes to 10 seconds when at room temperature.
In terms of hard specs, the LG G Flex 2’s got a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor that’s clock at 2GHz, 16GB/32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a microSD slot that supports cards up to 2TB(!), 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization and Laser Auto Focus, 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 3000mAh embedded battery. It’ll come preloaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop beneath LG’s custom user interface and will be sold in Platinum Silver and Flamenco Red colors.
On top of its custom Android UI, LG has included a few other unique tweaks with the G Flex 2. Those include Gesture View, which lets you quickly view your last photo or selfie, and Glance View that’ll show important info like the time and recent messages with a downward swipe on the display, even if the screen is off. The Life’s Good crew has also thrown in Fast Charge tech that’ll let the G Flex 2’s 3000mAh battery gain up to 50 percent of its juice in less than 40 minutes.
The LG G Flex 2 is slated to launch in Korea at the end of February, with launches in “additional global markets” to follow. It’s worth noting that the original G Flex was sold on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint in the U.S., and so I wouldn’t be surprised to see at least one or two of those carriers get curvy once again with the G Flex 2.
Overall the LG G Flex 2 looks like a solid improvement over the original model. While it retains the curvy feature that the series is known for, it’s got a smaller screen that’s also higher-res, something that I’m sure most mobile fans will appreciate. After all, while some folks may prefer a 6-inch screen to a 5.5-incher, I’m sure even they would trade that half an inch for a 1080p display over a 720p one.
What do you think of the LG G Flex 2? Do its upgrades have you considering the G Flex 2 as your next daily driver?