CES might not serve up the kind of smartphone extravaganza we’re used to seeing at Mobile World Congress.
But the Las Vegas event has tipped up a couple of exciting prospects for 2015, chief among them LG’s sleek new flexible phone, the G Flex 2.
The successor to the ace G Flex, it promises plenty of excitement at a time when handsets appear to be much of a muchness.
Read on and we’ll tell you five things you need to know about the LG G Flex 2.
1 Bendy screen bonus
The LG G Flex 2 features the same curved screen smarts found in its predecessor.
That means it curves from top to bottom, with the aim of making it more comfortable taking calls and, apparently, delivering a better viewing experience.
LG is leading the charge with curved screen TVs, so it’s no surprise that it’s brought this technology to its increasingly impressive smartphone range.
2 Pared down
LG’s first G Flex phone, revealed last September, featured a huge 6–inch screen.
That led to complaints from critics that the phone was too big and awkward to handle.
This time around, LG has dropped the screen size to 5.5–inches, making it easier to handle.
While the screen itself is smaller, the resolution has been boosted, up to Full 1080p HD from the rather average 720p found on the original.
3 Speedier, more capacious
LG has included an octa–core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor on the G Flex 2, a serious upgrade compared to the G Flex.
RAM remains at 2GB, but is a speedier DDR4 version.
Only true tech nerds will notice the difference, but it’s good that LG is upgrading the internals rather than simply changing the size of the device.
However, everyday users will love the fact that LG has added support for microSD cards with up to 2TB of storage.
That’s an awful lot of music and movies.
Once again, LG has baked in its clever ‘self–healing’ back cover, which sees small scratches eliminated from the plastic body in as little as ten seconds.
It’s a clever feature, although the fact that the device is plastic will doubtless put off those clamouring for a more premium feeling smartphone.
Of course, it allows for the curved screen, but it’s worth noting if you are planning on splashing out for one.
5 Vodafone exclusive
Vodafone is going to have a six week exclusive on the LG G Flex 2 when it hit shelves.
At the moment, a release date is not forthcoming and neither is a price.
But with the first G Flex costing more than £500 SIM–free, don’t be surprised to be ask to pay a hefty premium in order to have the G Flex 2 in your pocket from the word go.