Noted YouTube guy and occasional Android Police guest, MKBHD got his hands on an LG G Flex from South Korea and as is his custom, has made a video about it. If you've been wondering about that self-healing back, this video will clear some things up for you.

LG went to great pains to show off the scratch-resistant back material in a recent video, and it was pretty impressive. As MKBHD points out, though, that was shot under ideal conditions. The wire brush used made a cluster of very light, but easy to spot scratches. A deeper, more jagged scratch from your keys might not heal as well. On MKB's test device, scratches from keys healed fairly well, but a deeper slice with a knife never went away completely.

Also of note, the ambient temperature affects how fast the material heals. The original LG video was filmed in a warm room – about 81 degrees F. In a colder environment, it takes longer for scratches to fill in. LG didn't use any trickery to show off the flexing part of the G Flex, though. MKBHD flattened it out with his full weight and the device continued to work fine.

The G Flex packs a 6-inch 720p curved AMOLED screen, 2GB of RAM, a 3500mAh battery, Snapdragon 800, 13MP camera, and 32GB of storage (with no SD card). If you're salivating over this phone, there's a full unboxing video to watch below. Keep in mind these are Korean devices and there's no official word on bringing the device to the US, though @evleaks says it's happening.

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  • Thomas’

    I'm really impressed how the device internals survived the bending.

    • abqnm

      Now I am curious as to how it would stand up to a torsional load. There is no guarantee the phone will always flex perfectly square to the frame, like when it is in a back pocket, so I wonder what twisting it would do? Basically holding the phone landscape and twist your hands in opposite directions. If it can reliably handle the torsional load then this is really darn cool. It is already quite good that the whole thing can flex, but everyone has tried under ideal conditions.

      • Matthew Fry

        I would definitely like to see this test, but it's a highly unlikely real life scenario. The flattening by butt is by far the most likely.

        • abqnm

          Do you know something don't? Last I saw butts weren't square. This would lead to the device twisting as well as flattening if it is in the back pocket when sitting.

          • Matthew Fry

            I can't think of a scenario where sitting would cause one side of the device to rotate one direction and the other to rotate the other. If the point of contact was not in the center it might compress more, like this (_.

  • mrjayviper

    thanks for the vid. that was impressive

  • Milton P.

    It's actually impressive to see a phone that's actually flexible, now you can put it in your back pocket and it will survive, that's astonishingly good.

    • Justin Swanson

      This would actually be a great test and if it can't should be something LG strives to do with it.

      • abqnm

        Agreed. The tests flexing the phone show only flexing with the phone frame perfectly square which isn't really how it is likely to flex in a back pocket. Someone needs to do a torsional load test to see how it handles twisting along both the vertical and horizontal axis.

        • trololol

          Mr torsion

    • enoch861

      This is a phone for all those girls who inexplicably put their phones in their back pockets and end up with cracked screens.

      • Lumi

        Girls put phones in back pockets?? We don't have back pockets most of the time and certainly don't put anything there that adds bulk to our butts

        • LuckyHermit

          I work in a high school, and yes, most girls do put their phones in their back pockets.

  • Pengwn

    For as much shit as LG gets for it's past, they've really made a comeback. That's some awesome innovation right there! Let's hope they take care of their UI next..

    • Steven Cannan

      Omg ya like remember there old TVs? Oh god they were bad they were the cheep Chinese knock offs. I agree they have quiet a strong comeback

      • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

        I see what you did there, you oxyMORON
        "quiet a strong comeback".

      • Tapewormlatvia

        I still have one of their old tv's stashed somewhere. And by 'old' I mean, when LG was called Goldstar.

        • Steven Cannan

          Iv had one for about a year. It wasn't my favorite TV sadly
          Lol Goldstar?

    • Steven Cannan

      Also just a thought what if they put stock andriod on it?

  • firethorn

    Still not a fan of LG's weird volume-buttons-on-the-back design, but other than that this phone looks really impressive.
    I loved the curved glass shape of my old GNex and wouldn't mind more phones with a similar form factor showing up on the market. More so if they have neat physical properties like the G Flex.

    • enoch861

      After owning the G2 for a while... I'm actually starting to like the back buttons. Granted you never really use them since you can double tap to turn on/off the screen (knock-on) they're actually onto something here and its actually working out. For me at least. Use a G2 for about 2 weeks or more and those buttons really grow on you.

      • http://cyanlabs.co.uk/ Cyanlabs

        yes the back buttons are so much easier to use, i was optimistic like all others here but my G2 and its back buttons are great.

        • flibblesan

          I really love the back buttons on my G2 as well. It's one of those things you expect to be really awkward but actually is very clever placement since your index finger naturally rests there when you hold the phone. But like enoch861 I hardly use them thanks to knock knock on/off.

          • fonix232

            Oh hey, long time no see :D
            G2 too?

          • arehm

            I'll fully concur with this. The G2 knock on feature went from gimmic to "I can't imagine having to find the power button to turn it on" in about half a day.

        • N (OR) P

          you mean pessimist ?

          • http://cyanlabs.co.uk/ Cyanlabs

            no offence but if your going to correct me do it properly, its "pessimistic".

          • N (OR) P

            I am not correcting :) , I was just asking , cool down bro

      • firethorn

        Yes, I'm sure you do. Same as with virtual on-screen buttons or other kinds of change in device usability, you just get used to it over time. I didn't actually mean to say the buttons on the G2 (and now G Flex as well) are necessarily odd for every user out there but rather that they are not for me.

        Personal preference, because I never find my finger resting on the middle of a phone's back when using it. Which means I'm "holding it wrong" as far as the LG button layout is concerned. ;)

        • enoch861

          I know haha.On the contrary, you'll almost never use the buttons.

    • abqnm

      For using when pulling the phone from a pocket the buttons are perfect. Sitting flat on a table, not so much. At least the power button is also the notification light so you can still see what is going when face down.

      • enoch861

        Sitting flat on a table you just double tap the screen. Easier than reaching for buttons; even if they were on the side.

        • abqnm

          Yeah I guess I missed that feature in reading about the G2. That makes it much better. I used slide to wake on my galaxy nexus and loved it. On my S3 at least I have the home button to wake it easily without having to fumble for the power button.

          Every device should include this feature.

  • Alberto Blasi

    Very nice. But what's the point of a curved screen again?

    • Tim242

      You've been shown. Accept it, or don't.

    • Walkop

      Screen reflection reduction.

  • Justin W

    I kind of want a banana phone now...

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    CM11, 6" (yes, 720p, no big deal), 3500mAh battery, scratch-healing, bendy goodness. Yes please. I would actually consider moving from the Note 3 to this. Bonus points for a GPE edition (now I'm just dreaming).

    Though, no SD card slot or higher internal storage options and less RAM make it less appealing compared to the Note 3.

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      Wouldn't GPE edition be redundant, since the E in GPE is already "edition"? Or it's not? =P

      • Random!

        Experience, I think. It has google experience because of unaltered interface.

        • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

          Ah ok. It makes sense. Really thought it was Google Play Edition.

          • Matthew Fry

            Really, if they thought about it they should have named it the GPE Play Edition so it was recursive a la GNU.

  • Scree

    I'll take two. That way I can place them in my back pockets and pretend someone is lovingly cupping my buttocks as I go about my daily activities.

  • LFB

    Whats the purpose of curved screens ?please tell me and convince me.

    • Lumi

      Yeah. Unless you can make them foldable (so that a 6 inch screen can shrunk down to 4 inch while carrying it around), it doesn't seem that awesome.

      The scratch-healing is impressive though. Reduced scratches is reduced scratches

      • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

        It actually serves a purpose, a device that absorbs the energy by flexing is way less likely to break. Also, it reduces reflections, a lot.


        • Lumi

          Less likely to break? I foresee Youtube to be flooded crazy drop tests and stress tests once this comes out... And if there's reduced reflections, does that mean there's less need for backlight?

    • Walkop

      Screen reflections.

      That alone is massive. We're talking huge gains in outdoor visibility.

      • Matthew Fry

        Well... it's a parabolic surface so if you got close enough you'd get hit with all of them :-P

  • http://gamingblather.com/ Drak

    Not to be outdone, Samsung announced they have a working prototype of a phone with a corkscrew shaped screen. They also said they would be delivering the world's first phone that is no bigger than a grain of rice in Q1 of 2014.

    • ddpacino

      Samsung's motto: We make shit cuz we can.

  • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

    If it wasn't for the 720p screen I would really be considering this device.
    720p is decent at 4.7" but at 6" this thing is going to look awful.

    • mumusen

      Do u use binoculars? Of course on SUCH a small device, 720p f***in does not make no difference.

    • jesuguru

      720p on my 5.5" Note 2 screen is entirely sufficient for me, never felt lacking 1080p (though wouldn't mind it either).

      • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

        I have greater than 20/20 vision so it might be a bigger difference for me.

  • defcomk

    my only issues with lg is the poor camera software and lack/delayed updates other than that lg is alright

    • Ugslick

      I'd say they did pretty well with the G2 camera software.

  • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

    What does MKBHD stand for ?!

    • Sabin Bajracharya

      Marques K. Brownlee High Definition! He never said what the "K" stands for or maybe I don't know it yet?

      • Brandon Hoffman

        it stands for Keelie my spelling might be wrong though

        • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

          Thanks for the Reply brandon :)

      • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

        Thanks for the Reply :)

  • Andrew Hope

    Good to see at least the competition are innovating whilst Samsung just carry on morphing into Apple & throwing all their budget at marketing instead of R & D. The Galaxy Round, is completely pointless, but at least this has some use. My only reservation is a 720p screen, No excuse for that really on a $940 phone...

  • Blowntoaster

    they could lend some of that self healing knowledge to car manufacturers. self healing paint on cars anyone?

    how about self healing screens.

    I cannot stand a phone or tablet screen that has scratches on it. even slight scratches that you can only see at angles.

  • black

    Self healing is impressive, but I doubt the healing powers are enough to recover damages from a drop ( unless it falls on a pillow :D ).
    Also, the back cover is glossy and looks cheap. I would still prefer a matte finish over this magic cover.

    • dude

      My screen protectors have self healing too, its cheaper for me to just buy front and back Skinomi skins and stick them to my current phone. But I do missed the curve phones, they have good viewing angle and antiglare.

  • JMonkeYJ

    During the bend test, at 3:33 there is a puff of white smoke/dust that comes out of the right side of the phone. I wonder what's up with that. It seems scary...

    • stillnopope

      That's not smoke, it's just some kind of compression artifacts in the video.

  • atrainpowerhouse

    everyone seems to be copying the verge's style of videography lately...

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    1080p screen would make this an instabuy for a lot of people I bet. I'm sure 720p is fine but on a 6" device I would assume most would want a 1080p. Most meaning those of us that care about these type of things. :-D

  • Matthew Fry

    My guess is that the components are split into two parts on the ends where minimal to no flexing is happening with only flexible structural material in the middle. Not to say that makes this any less amazing. It's still pretty damn awesome.

  • Reshma

    Omg lg products kill me everytime