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Sunday, January 4, 2015

LG G Flex 2 release date, news, specs and rumors [updated: G Flex 2 rumored to come to CES 2015 with speedy Snapdragon 810 processor]

It’s almost been a year since LG presented their show-off and innovative curved smartphone, the LG G Flex at the CES 2014, and with this year’s CES 2015 just a month away, it looks like the second generation model, the LG G Flex 2, will be announced packing a number of improvements.Update: LG is almost ready to show off its latest bent phone at the CES, and new reports indicate it will come with a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. Check out full details under the tech specs section below.
The LG G Flex 2 could be announced at CES 2015. / © LG

LG G Flex 2 release date

The G Flex 2 will likely be announced at LG’s press conference during the days following the official start of the CES 2015 in Las Vegas, as was its predecessor last year. The latter was first released in South Korea in October 2013 and later made its way to other markets after the US conference. This is one of the first times we are hearing about a successor, and since October 2014 has been and gone, the likelihood is that we will it released in January.

LG G Flex 2 price

The LG G Flex wasn’t cheap, starting at 770 USD, but the price has since declined. It’s probable that the LG G Flex 2 will cost around the same, but since it is rumored to be a major improvement over the first generation, the price could be hiked up to reflect this.

LG G Flex 2 specs

So far, not much is known in regards to the LG G Flex 2 specs. The sparse rumors indicate an increase in display resolution over the lacklustre HD display that was given to the LG G Flex, its main point of critique. The newer model is said to come with an OLED Full HD display. Otherwise not much else is known at this time.
The G Flex 2 is also reported to be smaller than the original 6-inch model, which will likely be a lot easier to handle.
Update: Korean website Naver has just confirmed that the LG G Flex 2 will indeed show its face at the CES 2015, and that's not all: the new smartphone will pack a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 proccessor with LTE-A connectivity with tri-band carrier aggregation. This is a big step up from the original LG G Flex which came with a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.26 GHz. LTE-A connectivity means that the phone would be able to transfer data at the amazing speed of 450 Mbps. 
The LG G Flex had an HD screen, while the G Flex 2 could get Full HD. 

LG G Flex features

The LG G Flex was the second curved device to ever appear on the mobile market next to the Samsung Galaxy Round. The latter is bent along the vertical axis, while the top and bottom side of the LG Flex are bent in, and to a much more drastic extent. It has been reported that the new generation will be bent even further, and will be more flexible thanks to a new hard rubber chassis. Inside you would find the same bendy battery and other hardware components. The curved shape is said to be more ergonomic for video watching, phone calling and operation.
The G Flex 2 is said to be even more bendy and flexible than the G Flex, as seen above, where it jumps back to its original shape. 
Like the first model, you can apply pressure on it, and flatten it out, without damaging it. The G Flex 2 would also come with the same self-healing resin back cover, which means if you were to scratch it with a key, for example, the marks would disappear in a few hours.
The LG G Flex 2 is also likely to get the back-facing buttons as is the LG trend at the moment like we’ve seen on the LG G2, LG G3, and the first model, the LG G Flex.
After testing the first generation in our LG G Flex review, we had a lot of quibbles like the HD display which was plagued with burn in issues, and a meak camera lacking OIS. Hopefully the new generation will wow us and improve on these points.
What do you think so far? Are you excited to see how LG developed this idea? Do you think the LG G Flex 2 will be a show stealer?

Madhav Biju

Author & Editor

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