The Galaxy Round, the first Samsung smartphone with a curved was unveiled last week, and that’s promptly been followed by the first renders of the much-rumored G Flex, LG’s take on a flexible-screen phone.
Unlike Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy Round, which uses the company’s own flexible OLED tech (Youm) to create a curved screen from side-to-side, the leaked shots of the LG G Flex show a curvature from top to bottom, in a similar vein to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but far more pronounced.
The LG ‘G Flex’ press renders match the sketch that previously appeared, except that the renders don’t feature an earpiece. It’s also possible that LG has put the Power and Volume rocker keys behind the phone, below the camera lens, similar to the positioning of the keys in the LG G2, the company’s latest flagship.
The images emerged via Engadget, which also says that its unnamed sources have revealed the device will indeed launch in November and will sport a 6-inch display panel. Little else is known in terms of specs, although it’s possible it may share a similar set of hardware to the LG G2.
However, LG had also previously confirmed that the new OLED panel will be 0.44mm thin and weigh just 7.2g, even with a 6-inch screen.
Samsung’s Galaxy Round had a very similar spec sheet to the company’s recently launched Galaxy Note 3 and all these devices use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip, reports KnowYourMobile.
The highlight of the phone is the subtly curved 1080p 5.7-inch OLED screen built with a 7.9mm profile and the phone overall weighs less than the Note 3, at 154g. The interesting features to note are that if you tilt the phone to the side, the Galaxy Round offers up notifications, battery levels and more at a glance.
In addition to producing its own flexi-screen smartphone, LG is also set to begin mass-producing flexible OLED parts, which will allow other phone makers to bring the technology to their devices.
While there’s been a lot of talk about flexible displays, it’s important to note that neither the Galaxy Round or G-Flex will be able bend or flex. Both phones are permanently stuck in their curved positions.
Curved displays are in the early stages of development and allow bendable or foldable designs that could eventually allow mobile and wearable gadgets to take new forms that could radically change the high-end smartphone market.
Dr. Sang Deog Yeo, executive vice president of LG Display said in early October: “The flexible display market is expected to grow quickly as this technology is expected to expand further into diverse applications including automotive displays, tablets and wearable devices.
“Our goal is to take an early lead in the flexible display market by introducing new products with enhanced performance and differentiated designs next year.”
LG is poised to have a busy few weeks, with the Nexus 5 widely expected to launch later this month. LG was responsible for the hit Nexus 4 last year, and is working on the Nexus 5 as well.