We are currently trialling our new-look independent.co.uk website - please send any feedback to beta@independent.co.uk


LG G Flex: the first curved smartphone to hit European markets

Device has been confirmed for sale in France, though no word on UK yet

LG has announced that they will be holding a launch event for their curved-screen device, the G Flex, on 3 December, with the phone launching in France in February 2014.

This will make the G Flex the first handset of its kind to hit western markets. The use of curved displays has emerged as the latest trend for smartphones, although actual commercial sales have been limited to ‘experimental’ models (such as the Galaxy Round) in South Korea.

Neither prices nor contracts have yet to be confirmed and Orange have only stated they will be supplying the handset in France.

The screen of the G Flex is 6-inches across the diagonal and curves from top to bottom. LG promise that this shapes the device to the contours of the user’s face, improves durability and also provides a more “immersive” viewing experience.

The smartphone also includes a 2.26GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. There’s also a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, although the screen resolution is rather below the standard for high-end smartphones; 720x1080 resolution with 245 ppi.

In addition to its curved  display, the G Flex also has the unique feature of a “Self Healing” coating on the back of the device. LG claim that this will allow the device to easily recover from scratches and nicks from daily use. See below for a video for the technology in action:

In pictures: how Samsung's 'wraparound' smartphone will actually work