LG and Samsung were in a tight race to see who could be the first to release a phone with a curved display. Well Samsung was actually first with the Galaxy Round. But shortly after, LG announced the G Flex. Of course both devices are curved in different ways. I actually much prefer the way the G Flex is curved, but then that's just my opinion.
The LG G Flex is a pretty big device. It's a 6-inch 1280×720 resolution display. Currently, the G Flex is only slated to go on sale in South Korea, but that might changed, as hinted at the official presentation in South Korea:
"We are now in discussions with global telecommunications firms. The curved smartphone is expected to be available in the U.S., Japanese, and European markets," declared LG vice chairman Koo Bon-joon.
Even if the LG G Flex doesn't make it to the other markets, it's very likely that future smartphones with curved displays will. LG is feeling pretty confident about their flexible or curved displays "taking the lead in the nascent flexible smartphone market" said an LG spokesperson.
In the video below, LG had shown The Verge how the G Flex actually got its name and that it is actually flexible. The Samsung Galaxy Round is not flexible like this, although you'd think it would be. The G Flex is running Android 4.2.2, along with a Snapdragon 800 processor, LG, NFC, and a 13MP camera on the back. This device is definitely a flagship. Much like the G2, the volume and power buttons are also on the back, which I actually really liked about the G2. The dimensions of the G Flex are 160.5 x 81.6 x 8.7mm and it weighs about 177g, which isn't that heavy for a 6-inch phone.
It'd be nice to see the G Flex make it to other markets, like the US. But I wouldn't count on it, at least not in 2013. I'd love to get my hands on the LG G Flex and do a review, as it's pretty interesting in my opinion.