The best smartphone at CES 2015 has finally arrived at my studio--it’s the LG G Flex 2. Similar to the LG G Flex, it too has a curved display. Let’s go ahead and unbox this guy to see what’s inside.
This is the LG G Flex 2. As you know, it’s not yet available in the US so this is the Korean model that I have in front of me sent to me by the friendly people at ValueBasket.com. If you have some extra cash lying around and you’re dying to get your hands on this device early like I was. You can purchase it from them at a very competitive price.
As you can see, the LG G Flex 2 box is printed in landscape mode and the top portion is cut away to resemble the curve on the G Flex 2; which is pretty neat. There’s also some minor specs info at the end of the box. All you have to do to get inside of the box is to cut off the two pieces of tape on either side of the box and slide off the top cover. After that, you’ll find the LG G Flex 2 sitting right on top. I definitely can notice the curve as I take it out of the box for the first time. I’m going to set the phone aside for a moment to look at what lies underneath.
Underneath, the box comes with some nice LG earphones included that have remote control functionality and extra included earbuds to fit different types of ears so that is definitely nice to see included. Besides that, you have the standard micro USB charging cable used to charge the LG G Flex 2 and the accompanied wall wart, which obviously as you can see, is not made for the US. But thankfully, ValueBasket has sent me an adaptor that can be used to power this thing no matter where you are. So if you’re in the US and plan to use the LG G Flex 2 from Korea, you might want to pick up one of these as well.
Now let’s take a look at the LG G Flex 2, the star of the show. There’s one sheet of plastic on the front of the device that we need to remove and then some other plastic casings on various sides of the device. But based on first impressions, it really does feel great on the hand. It’s actually the perfect size in my opinion. If we take a look around the device, we’ll find that there is nothing on the left hand side and the right hand side. An IR blaster is located on top of the device and a 3.5mm headphone jack and micro USB charging port located below.
The front of the G Flex 2 is home to a 2.1MP front-facing camera sensor along with some ambient light sensors. There’s a 5.5-inch curve P-OLED display with a 1080p resolution and software navigation buttons. On the back, there is a 13MP camera sensor with Optical Image Stabilization and dual LED flash as well. And there’s also the laser autofocus sensor that we first saw with the LG G3. We also have the volume up and down buttons and the power sleep button on the rear as well, along with the speaker port on the back. The back cover itself is made of plastic but it has a self-healing coating on it that (just as its name implies) heals small scratches and scuffs by itself.
I used this device at CES 2015 in Vegas and the back covers were super slimy and gross with everyone using them but this one doesn’t feel as bad as that because it’s so brand new and clean. But it is far from feeling good to the hands because it’s not made from premium materials. You can, however, remove the back cover and pop in a microSD card slot and SIM card slot back here as well, which is always nice.
If we power it on and set it up, the display looks really amazing. It’s not a QHD display but only a 1080p display. Honestly, I could not tell the difference. What I noticed more was that the pixel density was the color vibrancy of the P-OLED display technology. It really does look fantastic. Surprisingly, I loved the curved display itself. When I slide down the notification panel, it feels usually pleasant since there’s less resistance in general compared to a traditional flat display. Since I’m sliding my finger downwards in a bull-shape, gravity is on my side.
The LG G Flex 2 is also running 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, Android 5.0.1 to be exact. And it works wonders with the Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. This is the first device I’ve really played around with that has the new Snapdragon 810 processor and based on first impressions, it really does work wonders. I’ll definitely be testing out the speed of this device more once I have more time to use it and get to know the device.
That is my unboxing and first look at the LG G Flex 2. What do you guys think of this device? Do you like the curve? Do you think it’s a gimmick? Do you think it has enough to take on the Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9? Let me know what you think with a comment down below.