With the original LG G Flex being released a year ago this month, many users are eager to see what LG has in store for the device’s sequel. Here are a few expectations about what the LG G Flex 2 will have in store.
LG G Flex 2 Specs
When the LG G Flex was released in November 2013, it held its own among high end Android devices. While the hardware was not the absolute top of the line, it was certainly a contender against other high end phones.
The major selling point of the original LG G Flex, the G Flex 2 will certainly have a flexible screen. Still not a universally adopted form factor, this definitely brings attention to LG for doing what few other OEMs choose to do. Not only will the screen bend, it’s also large.
Massive screen sizes have become gradually more normal among Android phones, but the 6 inch screen on the original LG G Flex was nearly unheard of a year ago. Devices like the Motorola Nexus 6 and the Samsung Galaxy Mega are pushing acceptable and expected screen sizes larger and larger. In the midst of the “bigger is better” mentality, LG is rumored to decrease screen size for the G Flex 2. Though a risky move by LG, it could pay off by appealing to those who do not want phablet-sized screens.
One gripe that many users had with the first G Flex was that despite the screen being so large, the pixel density was relatively quite low. Such a caveat could be a dealbreaker for some, but most excused it as a complication that comes along with making a flexible display. Hopefully, LG will be able to remedy this problem and make the G Flex 2 with a full 1080 HD display, more comparable to the latest Android devices.
Packing a 3,500 mAh battery, the original G Flex lasted quite a few hours per charge. Practically all smartphone users consistently want more battery life, so LG will likely keep the battery as large as possible in the G Flex 2. This could be problematic with the technology required for flexible batteries, as well as the possible reduction in screen size and thus entire device size. However, a smaller screen requires less battery to power and could thus last longer with a battery of the same or slightly smaller capacity.
The LG G Flex contained a 32 GB drive, decent among smartphone storage options. It did not offer any sort of expandable storage, which users typically desire. With LG typically producing the Flex as almost an improved version of the G series and the G Flex 2 likely being based on the G3, users may be lucky enough to see Micro SD supported in the device.
With a mediocre camera, the LG G Flex did not produce pictures and videos of remarkable quality. Furthermore, the camera contained no sort of Optical Image Stabilization, which has become commonplace in smartphone cameras. Lagging behind the quality of cameras on devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5, this was not a major selling point of the original LG G Flex. LG may improve the camera on the G Flex 2 in order to fit the status quo, but users should not expect a camera head and shoulders above other flagship phones.
LG Flex 2 Features
Aside from the novel ability to bend, the LG G Flex 2 will contain its fair share of tricks to wow users.
Introduced on the LG G Flex and typical of the Samsung Galaxy Note devices, the G Flex 2 will almost certainly support the ability to run 2 applications on screen at once. This ability may be limited to select apps from LG that are optimized to run in only half of the screen. Dual-screen mode will support drag and drop between applications, as well as recalling sessions to resume where the user left off.
A fairly new technology from LG, Knock-On allows users to tap a series of directions and turn the screen on without ever touching the power button. Considering the power button’s placement on the back of the phone, this could be extremely useful for using the phone without picking it up. Though early versions of Knock-On were questionable in reliability, LG will hopefully optimize and improve the feature to be as accurate as possible on the G Flex 2.
One understated piece of technology on the first G Flex was a self-healing coating on the back of the phone. While not perfect and limited in effectiveness, small abrasions from general wear and tear could fill themselves to become nearly invisible. This will likely be on the G Flex 2 as well, and hopefully even more efficient than before at repairing scuffs from keys and other pocket contents.
LG Flex 2 Price
LG went steep with the price of the G Flex, retailing at an MSRP value of $940. For a device that does not stand in a league of its own, this is far higher than most casual users are willing to pay. If LG wants to sell a decent number of G Flex 2 devices, the company will either have to push the quality of the device far above its prequel or bring the price down closer to other flagship devices. Part of the reasoning for a smaller screen could bring down production cost of the phone in order to make it more affordable for the average user.
LG G Flex 2 Release Date Information
Not much information has been released on when to expect the arrival LG G Flex 2 in stores. With details on the device itself being as limited as they are, the device will probably not be available for purchase before early 2015.
LG G Flex 2 Rumored Specs
||LG G Flex 2 Specs
||3500 mAh Lithium-Polymer Battery
||Ultra HD 4K 13 MP rear facing camera
||90 degree bendable display, self-healing back
||32 GB internal memory
||Qualcomm MSM8944 Processor Snapdragon 810 64 Bit Octa-core Chipset with four Cortex A-53 and four Cortex A-57 cores
||True HD – LCD 5.7 – 5.8 inch screen display, 1080 x 1920
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