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LG unveils a curved screen smartphone to battle Samsung

LG unveiled its latest smartphone today called the G Flex following leaked details of the device earlier this month. The smartphone features a curved screen designed to follow the contour of the user's face. LG says device also takes advantage of a new user experience with features designed to take advantage of the curved form factor.

LG says that the curve of the arc is optimized to match the average face and promises improved voice and sound quality. LG claims that the curved form factor increases the sound level by 3 dB compared to typical flat smartphones, and the company believes the curved device also offers better grip and fits more comfortably in a pocket.

The smartphone features a six-inch curved display using Plastic OLED technology. The display is built on plastic substrates rather than glass giving its flexible nature. Despite all of the attention to “curves”, the resolution of the screen is a lackluster 1280x720.
The LG Flex runs a 2.2 GHz quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 processor paired with an Adreno 330 GPU. It features a 32 GB of storage and has a 13-megapixel rear camera. The smartphone supports 4G networks and has integrated Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, Wi-Fi, and NFC technology.

The LG Flex also features a "self-healing" coating on the back to help reduce scratches and keep the phone looking good over the course of the typical two-year smartphone contract in the United States.
The device will launch in Korea in November with availability in other markets to be announced at a later date.

Source: LG

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Huge Face
By mars2k on 10/28/2013 10:18:40 AM , Rating: 2
I have a huge face will I need 2 of these?

RE: Huge Face
By Flunk on 10/28/2013 10:20:36 AM , Rating: 4
With a 6" screen a huge face is pretty much a requirement.

RE: Huge Face
By retrospooty on 10/28/13, Rating: -1
RE: Huge Face
By Solandri on 10/28/2013 1:03:56 PM , Rating: 4
Cell phones use two, sometimes three mics. By comparing the slight difference in arrival times for sound to the different mics, they're able to localize the sound and reject most of the background noise, while emphasizing the sound coming from a sweet spot right around where your mouth is supposed to be when holding the phone up to your ear. Same principle as phased array radars, except with a very limited array.

The background noise which does get through is due to multipath - echoes whose arrival times for background noise match that of sound coming from the sweet spot.

RE: Huge Face
By retrospooty on 10/28/2013 4:47:15 PM , Rating: 2
Some do. Some that do, do it extremely poorly. My point is that the bend of the phone to get it another inch (if that) closer to your mouth is pointless. If someone wants a bent phone, by all means go for it, but don't do it for that reason.

RE: Huge Face
By bug77 on 10/28/2013 5:30:27 PM , Rating: 2
As far as I know, extra microphones have nothing to do with positioning. Rather they record ambient noise and that is subtracted from the signal captured from the microphone that also captures your voice.
I could be wrong, but I really don't see how pinpointing the source of the sound can help capture clearer sound since phones don't use directional microphones.

RE: Huge Face
By Solandri on 10/29/2013 1:22:44 AM , Rating: 2
A "directional microphone" that doesn't use a reflector is just an array of two or more microphones doing what I described in my previous comment. By either physically positioning the extra mics just so or electronically delaying their signal, you can cause constructive interference in a certain direction, destructive interference in others.

By Nortel on 10/28/2013 10:40:35 AM , Rating: 2
Can we simply say "this will not sell well" and leave it at that?

RE: forecast
By Visual on 10/28/2013 11:33:52 AM , Rating: 2
They are not releasing this in order for it to sell though. They are just releasing it as a "been there, done that" statement for when the patent wars about curved screens start, or to get dibs on the "we did it first" advertisement rights on future, more practical similar products.

RE: forecast
By bug77 on 10/28/2013 12:13:45 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't work like that. By then the size of the SIM will change so one company that shall remain unnamed will be able to patent the curved screen again. Hopefully they'll be able to sue LG for implementing it years before, too.

RE: forecast
By Omega215D on 10/28/2013 3:01:42 PM , Rating: 2
Heh, we spent all these years trying to move to flat screen displays and now they're curving them again... =P

RE: forecast
By ritualm on 10/28/2013 12:46:59 PM , Rating: 1
If you think Apple really is Samsung's most formidable competitor, I have a bridge in Alaska I'd love to sell you.

By bug77 on 10/28/2013 11:02:46 AM , Rating: 4
6" was way too pocketable, good thing they bent it a little, that'll make it a perfect fit.

RE: Brilliant!
By ShaolinSoccer on 10/28/2013 12:10:54 PM , Rating: 2
One day soon, it should be bendable around your wrist. Perfect for women who like wearing bracelets.

RE: Brilliant!
By bug77 on 10/28/2013 12:14:49 PM , Rating: 2
Not until you can build a bendable battery and motherboard, though.

RE: Brilliant!
By Boze on 10/28/2013 12:42:09 PM , Rating: 1
Certainly won't work for American women... European women, maybe.

Don't get it.
By Ammohunt on 10/28/2013 1:54:24 PM , Rating: 2
I mean other that using it for some quick out the car window finger surfing whats the point?

RE: Don't get it.
By Reclaimer77 on 10/28/2013 3:36:12 PM , Rating: 2
The only real advantage I can think of is durability. This design severely reduces the chance of something impacting the screen if dropped.

RE: Don't get it.
By retrospooty on 10/28/2013 4:49:10 PM , Rating: 2
I could see that, but I could also see it making it weaker if pressure applied. Sit on this one and its over. The screen my be pliable and survive, but the system board isnt and wont.

RE: Don't get it.
By sorry dog on 10/30/2013 12:47:16 PM , Rating: 2
Might actually work out... as long as you but it in your back pocket the correct direction it should mold to your ass. At least if your ass has a curve.... If your a fat ass... when I guess you may end up with an ass crack.

I guess they should put a disclaimer on it....

*designed for bubble butts.

By YearOfTheDingo on 10/28/2013 1:35:57 PM , Rating: 3
Even our cellphones can't get it up anymore. This insidious plot to deprive us of our life essence has to be stopped!

By CaedenV on 10/29/2013 10:43:39 AM , Rating: 2
If you are going to have a bend at all then make it on the other axis so that your thumb can reach the other side of the phone easily. But better yet is no bend at all! It is harder to design, harder to manufacture, fits in less places, is more crush-able if sat on or thrown in a bag... this is just an all-around bad idea.
I do understand people wanting to get away from the ubiquitous black brick design that plagues phones; But you know what? It works! And it works extremely well which is why the wide diversity of designs we saw 10 years ago have all paired down to a flat featureless rectangle. The real innovation in design today is getting rid of the bezels so that we are just holding a beautiful screen without any distractions.
Flexable screen technology is needed for screen durability, and high stress applications like vehicle panels. Maybe in the future we will use non-interactive displays which wrap around a device allowing for on the fly skin changes or something. But leave the general rectangular brick shape on devices alone, and don't mess with something which works so amazingly well.

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