LG has announced the LG Flex, its first curved smartphone and one which is surprisingly durable. The curved screen stretches from top to bottom, and is made from plastic instead of glass, making it resistant to damage. That’s not the only clever part either, as LG has made the rear panel out of an elastic material, which will absorb small scratches and nicks, to help keep the phone looking its best.
While the LG Flex’s design is similar to the LG G2, it’s actually considerably larger, as the curved screen measures 6-inches. It doesn’t have the full-HD resolution though, making do with 1280 x 720 pixels. The processor is the same 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 chip, and there is 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory on hand.
The damage resistant rear panel features the volume and power buttons seen on the LG G2, and a 13-megapixel camera lens sits above them. A front facing, 2.1-megapixel video call camera is found on the front, and the phone’s operating system is Android 4.2.2. A big 3500mAh battery will keep the phone going all day, plus it has 4G LTE connectivity, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0.
Samsung recently announced its own flexible smartphone, the Galaxy Round, and unfortunately, the LG Flex has a similarly restricted release. It’s set to go on sale only in Korea next month, but LG does say in the official press release it will announce additional countries in the future. At this stage, we’ve no idea if the UK will be among them.