LG G Flex 2 made an appearance before its scheduled announcement. A poster of the upcoming curved smartphone was caught on the CES 2015 show floor in Las Vegas.
As you can see above, LG G Flex 2 has retained the same design as its predecessor. However, we do expect that the device will bring significantly improved specs over last year's model. Earlier this week, Qualcomm teased the upcoming successor of LG G Flex. Unsurprisingly, the smartphone will boast high-end specs headed by the chipmaker's Snapdragon 800 family SoC.
LG will take the wraps off the G Flex 2 on Monday, January,5th during its official press conference. Stay tuned!
Last year's LG G Flex didn't exactly take the world by storm. Although featuring a unique curved display, the high price and the massive size were reason enough for most people to stay away from it.
But LG will be announcing a second generation model later this year. According to an unnamed LG executive in India, the second generation G Flex aka G Flex 2 will be smaller than the first one and will feature a "better than Full HD" display. The first model had a 6.0-inch, 720p display.
The phone will launch in Korea first later this year, followed by other markets like US and India.
This Year we will see the first DDR4-powered Smartphones. Starting with the LG G Flex 2 that was announced a few weeks ago with a 3GB DDR4 RAM chip. SK Hynix, which makes the 20nm 8 Gigabit LPDDR4 chip that is paired with Snapdragon 810 SoC in the G Flex 2, bragged about this crowning achievement, saying that DDR4 memory has double the throughput of DDR3, with smaller operating voltage and more power efficiency.
On March,1st we will add another DDR4-powered Smartphone to the list, Samsung Galaxy S6, which is expected to pack a 4GB / 3GB DDR4 RAM chipset. These two Smartphones will lead the market this year and we expect to see higher RAM sizes on Tablets and Smartphones released on the 2nd Half of this Year (4GB - 5GB). Let's wait and see...
LG is now seeding the official Android 4.4 KitKat update Over-the-air (OTA) for its curved LG G Flex smartphone in South Korea. All three Korean variants of the G Flex are getting the KitKat update (F340S, F340K, and F340L).
The update includes the new Knock Code screen unlocking feature that LG has been heavily promoting since last month. What the update doesn't seem to include is support for 4K video. But maybe this will be available when the KitKat update arrives on the international version of the G Flex, which is coming very soon.
Qualcomm teased us with the Successor of the curved LG G Flex on Twitter. The upcoming High-End Curved-Design smartphone will make its official debut next week during CES 2015 in Las Vegas in line with past rumors.
The image gives us a peak of a device's back without mentioning its manufacturer. However, the buttons on the back, coupled with the distinctive pattern that LG's self-healing polycarbonate totes, leave no room for doubt that the device is indeed from the Korean manufacturer.
The LG G Flex 2, which was unveiled at the CES 2015, and launched in South Korea late last month, is heading to its first international market Singapore.
Priced at SGD998 ($800), the device will be up for pre-order on February,27th and will go on sale starting March,14th. There is no word yet on when it will hit the US or the UK market.
Specifications-wise, the device is powered by Qualcomm's infamous Snapdragon 810 chipset, and sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display. It comes in 2GB/32GB and 3GB/64GB variants, packs in a 3,000 mAh battery, and runs Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. In terms of camera, the G Flex 2 features a 2.1 MP front-facing unit, and 13 MP rear shooter.
Finally, the LG G flex 2 is now officially available for purchasing in both the US and the UK. The device was previously only available in Korea, the device will be available on other regions by late April.
In the US you can only find it at Sprint for the moment, this being the first carrier to offer it. If you want to buy a G Flex 2 from Sprint you need to pay $199.99 if you get a new two-year contract. Sprint has two color versions of the G Flex 2, Platinum Silver and Volcano Red. The latter is exclusive to the carrier.
LG G Flex 2 is also available in the UK via Carphone Warehouse, following a pretty long pre-order period. Over there the phone is only available in black right now. If you want to purchase one SIM-free, that will cost you £529.99. Otherwise, you can pick a 24-month contract from an operator and get the phone for free for plans starting at £34.50 per month.
The U.S. carrier Sprint is rolling-out Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update to the LG G Flex 2, the Korean company is known for its fast updates. The new firmware for the smartphone sports the version number LS996ZV6 and is the latest Android Lollipop iteration Google has to offer. Google had recently finished updating its own lineup of Nexus devices to Android 5.1.1.
As its release number suggests, Android 5.1.1 offers bug fixes and minor improvements over Android 5.1. Factory reset protection is also included in the update.