14
Oct
LG

Samsung made its rumored curved display smartphone official last week – it curves sideways and it's called the Galaxy Round. However, Samsung's South Korean smartphone competitor LG is supposed to be prepping a curved phone as well. Some newly leaked press renders show what is apparently the LG G Flex in all its shapely glory. As expected, it curves the opposite way and curves a lot. 

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Like Samsung's phone, the G Flex is expected to have a curved AMOLED screen rather than just curved glass like past devices. It's not that curved phones are common, but this top-to-bottom curve is more what we all expect when hearing about curved screens – it's more like a banana than a taco. The leak also includes the claim that this device will have a 6-inch display, which is slightly bigger than the Galaxy Round at 5.7-inches.

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These are just renders, so the final device might look much different. If they're anywhere close to accurate, this device will at least be harder to make fun of than the Round. The LG G Flex is rumored to be out next month, but an official announcement could come any time.

[Engadget]

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  • Jachym Kokesh Lukes

    ... this looks comfortable...

    • osi

      ... not in my pocket, though

      • Plazmic Flame

        The banana phone is real!

        • Banana man

          1. Get LG G Flex
          2. Apply yellow
          3. ???
          4. Profit

      • Jachym Kokesh Lukes

        I was being sarcastic. It is also true with the pocket, I didn't think of that. What I was referring to is that it is probably not too comfortable to slide your finger on such curved surface.

  • Michael

    The shape of this phone makes infinitely more sense than the Samsung's.

    • http://www.alainalemany.com/ Alain Alemany Arana

      And Nexus 5's.

    • Kurt

      How so because it will not make any sense in your pocket. It is curved the wrong way and won't basically conform to your leg. Is that your cellphone or are you just happy to see me? That is the looks you're going to get with that thing bulging in your pocket.

      • Christian Eckhardt

        Exactly!

  • Defenestratus

    ATTN Samsung, this is how you make a curved phone you idiots.

    • Alex

      I'd have to use it to be sure, but I'd imagine that the curve of the Samsung Round would be a lot more comfortable in the pocket (especially with bigger phones), and potentially also more comfortable to hold (fingers can curve more naturally around it).

      The curve on this phone does look like it may be better for making phone calls (curving the mouth piece towards the mouth), but to be honest, that's only a small fraction of my phone usage these days.

  • Christian Eckhardt

    I don't know if this is comfortable. If i would put it in my jeans pocket it would buckle it a lot more then samsungs approach. Because Samsungs approach would adapt the form of my thigh. But both of them would be a horrible mess to use while laying flat on the table o_O they wiggle like hell. I dont see any advantage in a curved phone at the moment just for the sake of doing it and the advertise aspect.

    • abqnm

      Exactly. Samsung's phone looks much more usable. This looks like if I put it in my pocket, it is going to snap in half if I bump into something. The Galaxy Round is a more natural curve.

      • zeoxzy

        R u guys thick? put the LG in your pocket the other way and BAM! problem fixed

        • blahmoomoo

          I don't think anybody has pockets with that wide an opening... So no, you can't do that.

          • Gabernasher

            The original Kindle Fire fit in most of my pants front pockets, I however do not wear skinny jeans that crush my balls.

        • abqnm

          Unless you are thick, as in really thick, that would be way too big to fit sideways in your pocket. I guess if you are 6'6" and 350lbs that would work.

    • John O’Connor

      I suppose if you stuck this in your pocket at a 45-65 degree angle it would still wraparound the thigh and fit.

      I don't know how sammy's would work and appears uncomfortable if actually put to your head to make a call

  • Ryan Stewart

    Great when using it, horrible when stowing it. Pretty much it would only be good for someone with a purse.

  • Drew M

    I think the subtle curvature of the Galaxy Nexus was the correct way to do this.

    • Alan Shearer

      It does make a difference using it to talk, hardly noticiable during use, and still lies flat on the table.

      • Goldenpins

        No it doesn't.Put it flat on the table face first, now bend towards the side. The G Nexus gets held up by the tips of each side of the phone.You think its flat looking at it from the top. But a side view, there is a gap and it never truly lies flat.Its held up by the ends.

        • Alan Shearer

          I mean flat on the table screen up, not screen down. Sometimes while my phone is on my desk, i can check something real quick without picking it up, such as an email, etc. the back lies flat. cannot do that with a curved back.

          and who uses their phone on a table with the screen down? I never pur my phone on the desk screen down to be honest.

    • abqnm

      Agreed. It would have been perfect had they been able to use the curved panel and glass instead of making the glass thicker at the bottom. The thick glass on the gnex led to parallax errors due to the difference in the perceive location of where you are touching versus where you are actually touching. It also had decreased touch sensitivity toward the bottom of the display.

      • PLL

        Thanks for this. I always felt that the back button on my gnex wasn't as sensitive as anything else on the phone but I never really thought about it that much until now. I don't know why, but having some rationale for this makes me feel better.

  • Daire O Connor

    Galaxy Rounds curve makes way more sense than this. I cant see any advantage to this form other than it suiting your face during calls.

    • Goldenpins

      better viewing angles also.

      • abqnm

        How do you figure? The LG screen would reduce viewing angles. You no longer have 180 degrees but closer to say 160 for the panel itself (in landscape). Then take into account the distortion by the glass and the panel and your viewing angles will be greatly reduced. Instead of having a ~176 degree max viewing angle (typical of a high end AMOLED panel with Gorilla Glass 3), you would have ~156 degrees before the contrast dropped to zero.

        I can't even say about the Samsung what it will do to viewing angles since the curvature could add more distortion in landscape, but it should still be better than the LG since it is still a flat panel on the x-axis in landscape.

      • cy_n_ic

        Who uses a phone at odd angles? Put it in front of your damn face

        • Goldenpins

          if its facing your face up on a desk, its pretty normal, last time I checked every person put their phone face up from a desk and just quickly glance at a text, email etc. Obviously for full on writing back you pick it up.

  • CerealFTW

    I would gladly stick my banana into that taco. Wait, I'm on the right subject, right?

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  • David Hart

    I will never buy a device with a curved display..

    It just isn't practical.

    • Want small phone

      Well huge-ass phones are unpractical also but people buy them faster than hotcakes

      • Gabernasher

        How are large phones unpractical? Ball crushing tight jeans are impractical, not the phones that can't fit in them.

    • abqnm

      Not this much of a curve. If it were subtle like the Galaxy Nexus, but done with the display itself rather than the glass getting ridiculously thick at the bottom (thus creating the curve) it would be great.

  • Marcel Jóźwiak

    It will be way better in twisting ping pong ball than Galaxy Mega or Z Ultra!

  • Miah

    Marketed for those with curvy thunder thighs..

  • flosserelli

    With that much curve, it should be called the G-Spot.

  • Joelw3440

    The form factor of this phone would be just useless in the real world. We put our phones in our pockets. Do this im guessing is going to break alot of phones from the bulge in your pocket being bumped into. Other than making calls on it I see no practical use for this shape of phone. Samsung's does make more sense. Sorry LG this one is a miss. But thats just my opinion.

    • B

      "Other than using a phone for what it's actually for I see no real use of this device"
      I just changed the words slightly haha

    • abqnm

      LG likes making phones that just don't fit. The Optimus Vu? Who needs a GIANT 4:3 aspect ratio monster in their pocket? This curved display? Come on. I am sure that everyone who breaks one due to this ridiculous curve will never buy another LG phone. So there goes 28 customers, LG.

  • Jadephyre

    Jeez, what is it with phones and curves lately... what's wrong with a flat-black slab ?

    • Want small phone

      Did you try putting huge-flat-black slab into a pocket?

      • Jadephyre

        Yeah, I do on a daily basis in fact, my Nexus 4 fits in my pocket perfectly.
        Anyone needing a phone above 4.8-5 inches should get their head examined.

      • abqnm

        Do it all the time.

        Try putting this curved monster into your pocket. I bet if you wear skinny jeans and manage to fit it in the pocket, as soon as you sit down, the pressure from your jeans tightening will snap this thing in half. Even without the hipster attire, simply bumping into something with the giant bulge in your pocket could destroy it.

  • Teddy

    Maybe LG have a thing for the old days..

    • John O’Connor

      Looks like the original htc titan or was that touch pro? i have one lying around here somewhere. Is that a 2 way pager?

  • jimmyamazingz

    The galaxy round looks more pocket friendly but this looks more usable and my god it's beautiful.

  • Unknown182

    Well sucks if you ever lean up against something or run into a corner.

  • Typongtv

    Now that's how you do a curved display..... not sure yet how that would feel in my hand though. Thumbs up so far,

  • Elliot Kotis

    Reminds me on my Nexus S days :') Good ole days.

  • Alan Shearer

    This will not become truly popular until the phones themselves are flexible, ie, able to bend to a degree. Lie flat on the table for use, bend to conform to your face, bend to fit your pocket better, etc. with a slight undamagin 15 degree or so flex to them. (until flexible screens allow roll up screens, then your phone is a pen until you roll out the screen to use it.

    • Stiggy

      I like that approach better than these phones but I still don't see the point. I don't need my phone to bend to my face. Maybe in my pocket and maybe even bend 75 degrees to hold itself up on a table. Until then these are just marketing exercises. I'd absolutely love to have a phone that I could fold out into a tablet. Damn that would be sweet.

  • fonix232

    Does it come in yellow?

    Also I can't resist....
    Ring-ding-ding-ding-ding BANANAPHONE!

  • Matthew Fry

    I see a banana vs. taco poll in our future.

    • Wayne Randall

      Yeah, right up to the point when the innuendos of personal choice come into play. I think this poll is a bad idea. Gimme Samsung's taco

      #nohomoyolo

  • Wayne Randall

    As long as the curved phones don't take off like phablets did a year or so ago, I couldn't care less.. Enjoy your curvey novelty devices.

  • GazaIan

    This may actually be awesome for movies or gaming, if you like to view on a phone. Gives sort of a cinematic view, as long as you're in landscape. For everything else... Awkward.

  • FrustratedAssassin

    Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring - Banana Phone!