LG follows Samsung, unveils curved-screen phone with 'self-healing' covering
The LG G Flex's case is covered with a material that LG claims can prevent scratching.
IDG News Service - LG is flexing its muscle in smartphone technology with a new handset that boasts a curved touchscreen, along with a special "self healing" technology that the company claims can prevent scratches on the phone's casing.
The South Korean electronics vendor unveiled the new phone on Monday, calling it the LG G Flex. Digital renderings of the handset were leaked earlier this month. But in its Monday announcement the company offered further details on the phone, showing that it contains a few new technologies, along with its curved display.
The G Flex is the second phone to feature a curved display, the first coming from Samsung Electronics with its Galaxy Round handset. The top and bottom of the G Flex's 6-inch screen are curved towards the user, while on the Samsung phone it is the sides that are curved towards the viewer.
This makes LG's handset closer to the curve of a traditional fixed-line phone handset, a design choice LG said is optimized for the contours of a face. Users can more comfortably hold the phone to their mouth and ear, improving its voice and sound quality, according to LG.
The company also touted the design by stating that the phone offers an easier grip, and holds better in a person's back pocket. In addition, LG said the curved screen gives an "IMAX-like" experience when viewing videos, allowing for a greater field of view.
To create the curved display, LG built the OLED display panel on a flexible plastic substrate rather than glass. It also developed what it said is the world's first curved battery, with a capacity of 3,500 mAh.
LG said the damage-resistant coating on the back cover can self-heal.
The G Flex will be available in South Korea starting in November, but LG said additional markets will be announced later. No price was given.
Both Samsung and LG are major suppliers of display technologies, and also rivals in the handset market. Curved displays are seen as an upcoming trend in smartphone technologies, but some analysts remain doubtful that the phones can offer benefits over competing flat screen devices.
The fact that both Samsung and LG are initially releasing these curved-screen phones only in Korea shows that the devices are still in the concept stage, said TZ Wong, an analyst with research firm IDC.
"They are not really mass market devices, and the use cases are still not clear," he said. "How many consumers do you know tell you about the ergonomics of a phone? I think it's often more about battery life and screen size."
- Tips for Driving User Adoption in New Technology Deployment Read this checklist on tips for driving user adoption to see where you stand.
- Improving IT Efficiencies: Four Advantages of Multi-Tenant Data Centers Increasing demands on IT are forcing organizations to rethink their data center options. For many organizations, that means turning to the flexibility afforded...
- Accelerating Cloud Deployment and Operations with Managed Services Companies that do not have sufficient in-house expertise to either deploy or maintain an IaaS cloud should turn to Managed Service Providers .
- Rethinking IT Operations in the Cloud This paper breaks down the challenges that often prevent the cloud from delivering the fast, flexible and affordable infrastructure companies seek - and...
- NSS Labs & Cisco Present: Evaluating Leading Breach Detection Systems Today's constantly evolving advanced malware and APTs can evade point-in-time defenses to penetrate networks. Security professionals must evolve their strategy in lockstep to...
- Will the Real Endpoint Threat Detection and Response Please Stand Up? This webinar explores new technologies & process for protecting endpoints from advanced attackers as well as the innovations that are pushing the envelope... All Smartphones White Papers | Webcasts
Our new weekly Consumerization of IT newsletter covers a wide range of trends including BYOD, smartphones, tablets, MDM, cloud, social and what it all means for IT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!