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The phone can also be flattened without damage

LG Electronics, Inc.'s (KSC:066570) "G Flex" smartphone has an admittedly impressive spec, but some have been somewhat put off by its curved design, which critics call a "gimmick".

But in a new video LG shows that its smartphone might be a little more impressive than early criticisms would have you believe.  It shows that the phone can be literally flattened by a 32 kg (70.5 lb weight).  

While this is likely a necessity for all curved smartphones given that their users might sit on them, what's even more impressive is the self-healing scratch test, which shows a robotic wire-bristle test setup heals scratches first at 500g (1.1 lbs) of pressure then at 750g (1.65 lbs) of pressure.

LG has unfortunately offered no details of exactly how its new phone accomplishes this remarkable feat, but speculation based on peer-reviewed research suggest that it may be using some sort of microcapsule technology, which fils cracks by bursting tiny pellets of adhesive polymer.

Similar polymers have appeared in certain automakers paints and in third party accessory cases for smartphones.  Again, there's been a general industry-wide silence as to how these are working, although the presumption is that some sort of microcapsule or hydrogen-bonding based healing strategy is employed.

Source: LG Electronics on YouTube

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By Stuka on 11/13/2013 2:13:50 PM , Rating: 2
The self healing back is, meh.

But the resilience of the curve is really impressive. I would be curious to know if it can withstand equal deflection in the direction of the curve as well (ie. bringing the top and bottom towards each other).

RE: Neat
By Bagom on 11/13/2013 2:23:38 PM , Rating: 2
So is that 70lb weight a sudden impact or slowly being applied? I think the average geek getting this will be at least triple that weight :P

RE: Neat
By daboom06 on 11/13/2013 2:43:06 PM , Rating: 2
ah, yes, but depending on the amount of posterior flab on said individual, the magnitude of the total force applied to the device may be much lower.

RE: Neat
By Mint on 11/13/2013 3:47:01 PM , Rating: 2
I would be impressed if said 210lb geek had a bony enough ass to put all his weight on the phone when sitting on it.

Redundant like ATM Machine
By GTVic on 11/13/13, Rating: -1
RE: Redundant like ATM Machine
By KC7SWH on 11/13/2013 3:28:24 PM , Rating: 2
NO healing means to make whole and does not imply that it repairs itself. If you broke your arm you would go to a doctor to be healed (arm set, cast put on).

RE: Redundant like ATM Machine
By Indianapolis on 11/14/2013 3:44:53 AM , Rating: 2
You obviously haven't played much AD&D. You should really try to get out more.

RE: Redundant like ATM Machine
By retrospooty on 11/15/2013 7:47:09 AM , Rating: 2
??? Wouldnt that be get out less?

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