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Not long after LG revealed that it had successfully developed curved smartphone batteries, the Korean-based company announced the G Flex, a 6-inch quad-core smartphone that features an arched touch screen and rear control buttons. Though US pricing and availability remain unknown, the device will hit Korea in November, with more markets announced afterward.
Like the name suggests, the G Flex sports a curved, 0.34-inch-thick construction, partly thanks to its plastic OLED screen.
Usually, LG suits up its high-end devices with IPS LCD displays, but the OLED screen is bendable, which lends to the G Flex's vertically bowed design. In addition, the 6-inch HD display has a 1,280x720-pixel resolution.
The handset also includes the aforementioned curved battery inside. According to LG, the 3,500mAh battery uses patented technology that takes advantage of its unique shape to perform more reliably.
Another novel aspect is the G Flex's back side, which features an elastic "self-healing" coating. This coat reportedly mends and protects the phone from day-to-day scuffs and scratches.