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First Look: LG G Flex flexes its bendy 6-inch screen

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First Look: LG G Flex flexes its bendy 6-inch screen

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LG's G Flex sports a curved OLED display, a quad-core processor, and a 13-megapixel camera.

Hello everybody, it's Lynn La here from CNET with the curvaceous and unlocked LG G Flex. Now as you can see, the G Flex sports a vertically curved 6-inch display. The screen is indeed big, but I have to say the curve actually helps make the size a bit more manageable. It does contour a little more comfortably in your hand, and against your face as well. Because it has a 1280x720-pixel resolution, the screen isn't as crisp as LG's other high-end phones, like the G2 or the Nexus 5, which both have 1080p displays. However, the arc, in conjunction with the sheer size of the handset, makes game play and media viewing, and even just general web browsing more immersive. LG also says the phone can withstand up to 88 pounds of pressure in case you accidentally sit or step on it. And its rear body is coated with a "self-healing" cover that's scratch resistant. It's not impenetrable obviously, but I did find that it does protect the handset from day to day scratches and scabs. In addition to a sizeable 3,500 mAh battery that's also curved, the G Flex is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and an Adreno 330 GPU. Altogether, the phone's processing power is quite fast, and my experience has been altogether smooth and reliable. On the back here, you'll find a 13-megapixel camera that can record 1080p HD video. And you can also have the option to record up to 60 frames/second for a fast-forward sort of effect. The camera also works in conjunction with a rear power button, so when it lights up green, you'll know its auto face detection is focused, and you're ready to take that selfie. On the front, you'll get a 2.1-megapixel camera. One new software goodie is a dual-window multitasking feature that lets you easily display two apps side by side. There's also Q theater where you can launch your photos, videos and Youtube directly from the lock screen. And there's swing lock screen which changes the perspective of the lock screen image depending on how you hold the phone. It's similar to a parallax effect, but it's a bit choppy. The G Flex is already available in Korea and other parts of Asia, but there are rumors that the device will head to the US on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. If you're really itching to get it now, however, you can buy it online for, oh, just about $900 to $1000 unsubsidized, no big deal. Again, I'm Lynn, and you've been checking out the LG G Flex.

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