LG G Flex comes to US in 1Q, but not to Verizon

The curved, flexible smartphone will launch in the US in the first quarter to three carriers: AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

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LG Electronics will launch its G Flex smartphone in the US in the next three months, but don't expect to find the curved smartphone in the biggest mobile carrier's lineup.

LG G Flex is a Sprint Spark enabled smartphone, according to a Sprint representative.

Frank Lee, head of LG's mobile business, said Monday that the G Flex will debut in the US in the first quarter and will be available through three major carriers: Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile. The Korean electronics maker unveiled the news at a press conference in Las Vegas as part of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show.

LG has struggled to compete with bigger Korean rivals like Samsung, but it's starting to get a better foothold in the market, thanks to a partnership with Google. The Nexus 4 smartphone from last year was a hit, selling out online, and reviewers have praised October's release, the Nexus 5.

Despite the Nexus-stoked gains, LG still faces heated competition and slowing growth for high-end smartphones .

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Joan E. Solsman is a senior writer for CNET focused on digital media. She previously wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal. She bikes to get almost everywhere in New York City and has been doored only once.

 

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