CNET First Look
LG shows off its curves with the high-end G Flex 2Equipped with Android 5.0, a quad-core Snapdragon 810 processor and a uniquely arched 5.5-inch, 1080p display, the G Flex 2 is LG's latest top-tier smartphone.
Hello everybody, I'm Lynn La for CNET and today we're gonna check out LG's latest high end device, the G Flex 2. Just like its predecessor, the handset sports a unique curved design and display that is durable enough to flex straight when you press against it. But this time around, the arc doesn't look as prominent and the phone is smaller and lighter. This makes for an altogether more comfortable and maneuverable handset than before. In addition to the slightly reworked look, the GFlex 2's 5.5 inch screen has a sharper 1080 resolution. Images, videos, and text are bright and rich in detail and the curved display is immersive and is well to bring the sides of it closer together and draw you in more. On the back, LG included a battery door that is scratch-resistant and can quote, unquote, heal itself with a special coating. This coating can protect against everyday scratches and scuffs, like when it rubs against your keys, or whatever. But it doesn't claim to be indestructible. And as you can see, I've managed to leave a scar when I rubbed a jagged rock against it. Oops. Powering this device is a non removable three ampoule hour battery. That's smaller than the first iteration's 2.5 ampoule hour battery, but it's still a decent amount of juice. It lasted about 10 hours during our continuous video playback test, and it takes about 45 minutes to get half it's battery life back up with it's stock charger. Inside you'll find Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 8.10 quadcore processor. Other than the Korean variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 it's one of the first smartphones to have this. It's 64 bit OptiCore CPU has a clocked speed of 2 GHz and games and graphics look very smooth and fluid with this processor. For your camera needs, the G Flex 2 has a 13 megapixel camera that can shoot 4k video, and has a dual flash, optical image stabilization, and a laser-guided focus. On the front there's a 2.1 megapixel shooter that can sense when it's being lowered from a selfie stick or pulled into your view, so it can automatically call up your most recent taken photo or selfie and switch back out again when you pull it away. Lastly, the device runs Google's latest Android Lollipop OS with LG's user interface overlaid on top. You'll get some of the company's signature software we saw before, like Not Code, as well as the new glance view gesture that lets you pull down on the lock screen to check the time and any missed notifications. The handset is already available in Korea, and it will launch in other countries as well. In the U.S., AT&T, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular have already announced that they will carry the phone, and we're expecting it to roll out sometime in the Spring. Again, I am Lynn, and you've been checking out LG's latest G Flex 2. [MUSIC]