Holy banana phone Batman!: LG G Flex

Holy banana phone Batman!: LG G Flex

LG has now ''accidentally'' dropped some renders of their new G Flex smartphone, a device that has also been called the Z and Z1, confusingly enough. Engadget reports an anonymous source has revealed to them that the device will be announced shortly and launched next month, but there's no other details for now.

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Looks like the Galaxy Round, but this baby is flexed length-wise. / © Engadget / LG

But what more do we need at this stage? The simple look of this thing is worth a month of discussion. As you may recall, last week Samsung revealed the Galaxy Round, the world's first curved screen smartphone. And LG are not far behind, although as you can see in the images, instead of a sideways curve like the Samsung, the LG G Flex is warped horizontally, like a banana.

With a 6-inch display, it seems like this thing is going to be a very awkward piece to fit in your pocket – that is, if a 6-inch screen is something that can already fit in your pocket. While I applaud LG for taking a risk, I'm just not sure about this (or the Galaxy Round for that matter). Both devices seem to have about the same amount of bend, but due to the LG's length-wise flex, it is much more pronounced. At least it'll fit your back pocket better. However it may be impossible to get in your front pocket. Maybe you can strap it to your waist instead?

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Definitely more ''out there'' than the Galaxy Round, but which pocket does this fit in? / © Engadget / LG

There's no information about just how flexible the G Flex is, but it seems likely that it will simply be playing host to flexible display technology like the Galaxy Round, meaning it is not actually flexible in the standard sense, but is near indestructible thanks to a display that is less rigid and thus more able to absorb impacts, like if you sit on it for example. How this orientation of curvature is likely to affect usability I have no idea yet, but I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

What do you think of the G Flex? Better or worse than the Galaxy Round?   

Source: Engadget

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  • Kris Carlon Oct 17, 2013 Link to comment

    While I totally support innovation and technological development that pushes boundaries, I'm really interested to see how these devices go on the market. I think fully flexible phones have a future, but curved screens I'm not so sure about.

  • Amy R. Oct 17, 2013 Link to comment

    It doesn't appear to be Apple's style to brend up or make a banana of an iPhone................

    -Oops, regret saying that! Don't want to give them any stupid ideas :P

  • Aayush Patil Oct 16, 2013 Link to comment

    Now Apple will make a curved iPhone, and then sue Sammy and LG for "COPYING" -_-

  • Amy R. Oct 15, 2013 Link to comment

    @Kris......I don't like this curved stuff at all. Ok, I play critic here :)

    Knowing that this new trend is probably here to stay, at least this LG model would do a better job at fitting in your butt pocket. The Samsung, with the horizontal curve, looks to be more practical to hold in your hand and more aerodynamic if you wanted to throw it at someone................................

    -Nope, still don't like them

  • Kris Carlon Oct 15, 2013 Link to comment

    Haha, I knew you'd love this Amy. What are your thoughts on the vertical bend compared to Samsung's sideways bend? I can't really figure out what would be better for what purpose.

  • Amy R. Oct 14, 2013 Link to comment

    Yep, looks like a Frito too.........a Frito dressed in black

  • Amy R. Oct 14, 2013 Link to comment

    For the sake of modern day bussiness, I'm going to assume that in a few months time, someone else will come up with a similar design (or down right steal it). I'll patiently wait til then. I'm sick of disabling and dealing with Samsung Bloatware.

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    I think I can only tell after using one for a week but it won't fit in my pocket, that's for sure! So I wouldn't get one. And since I hate all customizations made to the Android experience by most manufacturers, I'll stick to Nexus devices.

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