LG G Flex 2 Review: A Powerful Curved Smartphone
Price of LG G Flex 2 in India: Rs. 65,000
Launch Date of LG G Flex 2 in India: 30 January 2015
If you loved the earlier G Flex smartphone, then here comes the new LG G Flex 2 which is something you want to hold in your hands. As the South Korean multinational company – LG has officially launched their brand new LG G Flex 2 smartphone in India with a premium price tag of Rs 55000.
The new LG G Flex 2 was first showcased during the CES 2015 expo and after that it certainly didn’t take too long for the company to bring it to India. The smartphone is the first to provide the Snapdragon 810 processor which is a high-performance 64-bit octa core chip and also comes with an improvement in design and features as compared to the first generation model which was launched a year ago.
With the launch of new G Flex 2, LG has went back to its curved design, but now they have come up with some improved features. Coming with a new crystal-clear 1080p touchscreen and the latest quad-core Snapdragon 810 processor from Qualcomm, the company has changed its smartphone from a gimmick to an curved smartphone which customers actually want, regardless of its shape.
These kind of changes doesn’t come easy for LG. Despite a slowly pumping out with smartphones like the G3, G Pro 2 and Google Nexus 5, LG was facing a difficult time to make a place for themselves in the Android market. Their smartphone lacked the smoothness of the HTC One series, the quirky build incentives of Motorola and the brand recognition of Samsung, which get past all these companies. For a moment, it seemed that LG don’t have hero smartphone which could set itself apart.
Until they launched the new LG G Flex 2.
The new LG G Flex 2 comes with a premium aesthetic which feels incredibly smooth, the smartphone comes with a platinum silver and flamenco red. While compare to its earlier variant, the smartphone is quite smaller, thinner, and 15 percent lighter. The new G Flex 2 measures 5.9 inches tall and 3 inches wide and 0.3 to 0.4 inches at the thickest and weighs around 152 grams.
The LG smartphones continues to have a beautiful curved design, but in the new Flex 2 its overall size has been decreases. The smartphone comes with a 5.5 inches of display screen which provides a better picture from its 1080p FHD P-OLED touchscreen. The device also has the self-healing rear cover that was also there in the earlier G Flex which clears up all the scratches in just 10 seconds.
As a result of reworked in size, the new G Flex 2 is now much more comfortable in hand and easier to access. It is still can’t be a comfortable to fit in your jean pockets, but unlike the earlier G Flex, this smartphone is much easier to hold vertically even during a calls or horizontally while watching some videos. When the phone is facing down, you can easily push against or step on its tip to make it straight and while the phone is facing upward, you can easily press down its curved edges..
Like in the earlier phone, the battery door is layered with a smooth protective coating, not like the ones you find on cars. With the new G Flex 2, there has been no problem fending off everyday scrape and scratches. LG says the “self-healing” coat repair itself faster than before. LG doesn’t claim that this protective layer can protect the phone every time.
LG has claims that due to an in-house chemical treatment, they have made the smartphone’s Gorilla Glass touchscreen 20 percent more stronger. The new G Flex 2 comes with a 5.5 inches of display screen instead of 6 with a 1080p resolution and a pixel density of 403 ppi.
The result has got a more sharper display. The images, videos and text are bright and rich in detail. The display screen can now be easily viewable even in sunlight with the brightness turned all the way up along with that it has a wide viewing angle and it’s responsive as well.
Though the smartphone’s typical 23-degree curve doesn’t look as prominent as it was in the original G Flex, but due to the curve it manage to give a more immersive viewing experience. And there is no need to throw your flat phone to replace it with a curved one. But just by dragging in the sides closer together, you may end up with a bit more drawn in feeling.
The new LG G Flex 2 comes with the Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop (version 5.0) with some other software like notifications on the lock screen and a Overview app which allows you to access by tapping on the square hot key. Also comes with the normal Google’s software like the Chrome browser, Gmail, Hangouts, Play Store, Drive and Maps.
The company has got rid of some of its software features which were there in the earlier phone like a “swinging” lock screen and QTheater which were quite useless anyway, others have been retained. For example, Smart Notice, which is a digital assistant which shows the notification cards to help to inform the users of their weather alerts, calendar events and any other tasks.
There is also a Dual Window feature, which is launch by the users only by long-pressing the triangular back hot key or by selecting the “Dual Window” after hitting the Overview hot key. After then a small menu of apps appears, in which the user can choose two apps to “split screen” and use it simultaneously.
LG has also includes the KnockOn and KnockCode, which allows the user to wake up or unlock the smartphone with various tapping signal directly from a sleeping lock screen. There is one new lock screen feature which is GlanceView. By swiping the finger from downward to the top of the display, the GlanceView allows you to quickly check the time, date or any missed notifications, without wake up the phone.
The new LG G Flex 2 comes with a Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and with two different storage capacity options (16 and 32 GB). It includes either 2 or 3 GB of RAM which will be depending upon the availability and like some other variants of G3, the smartphone has a microSD card slot which can be expandable up to 2 TB. But the problem is that no one is really mass producing 2 TB of microSD cards and in the current market you will likely see is 128 GB of microSD card.
Camera and Video
LG G Flex 2 comes with an primary camera of 13 megapixel auto-focus, which is quite sharp when it locked onto an object and along with that the shutter was also fast and responsive and the camera has a good amount detail viewing while zooming into a picture. The photography devotee may not be too satisfied, but it performs quite well enough for day to day casual snapshots.
Shooting in 4K video with the rear camera was quite good. The camera can be adjusted easily and quickly for various different focus points and lighting situations. Both the moving and the still objects were sharp with clear outlines, colors were also true-to-life and there is no noticeable lag behind the moving of the camera and the onscreen viewfinder.
Both the rear 13 megapixel and the front 2.1 megapixel cameras comes with timers and burst shot, voice-activated shutters and HDR shooting which combines various pictures taken in quick succession. You can also pause recording and take photos even while shooting video on either cameras. There is also a “dual camera” mode which allows you to take photos or record video with both cameras at the same time. These pictures can be split right down in the middle or in a little rectangular window. If you want to have some more fun with it, the window is movable and resizable and also comes in with other shapes like a postage stamp, a heart or a Polaroid. If you want to switch between cameras, then you just have to swipe across the display in any direction.
Like the earlier G3, the rear camera of LG G Flex 2 also comes with a laser-guided auto-focus, dual flashes on its back and a optical image stabilization, which helps to decreases motion blur if you accidentally take a picture with an unsteady hand. The camera features like an panorama shooting, 8x digital zoom, a gridline overlay to help compose photos and four sizing options (ranging from 2,048 x 1,536- to 4,160 x 3,120 pixel resolution). It can also record HD, full HD or ultra-HD 2160p video, as well as slow-motion at 120 fps.
The 2.1 megapixel of front-facing camera has got some features which will help to improve the quality of your selfies. For example, there is a feature called “beauty meter” which will soften and smooth the harsh-looking selfie and it can also automatically flip pictures vertically. As we have seen earlier in the G Pro 2 smartphone, there is a faux-flash tool which seem as a bright, thick peach border around the image preview. The idea is to maximize the light flowing from the touchscreen which will help to brighten up your images. Like in the G3, you can also activate the camera shutter touch-free by an open-hand indication and then closing it into a fist.
Last but not the least, due to the popularity of selfie sticks, the new LG G Flex 2 can now sense whenever it’s being lowered from on high by a raised arm or by a stick. After you have taken the selfie, a preview of the recently taken selfie appears without any manually check. It can again switch back to the camera mode after it senses that its been moved away from your face.
Despite not being a carrier-optimized smartphone, 4G LTE speeds were quite fast and consistent. For Web browsing purpose, it took around 2 seconds to load a website on mobile and around 6 seconds to load on desktop.
The new LG G Flex 2 joins the ranks of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 as one of the first few mobile smartphone to have the powerful Snapdragon 810 quad-core processor from Qualcomm. The 64-bit octa-core CPU has got a clock speed of 2 GHz and provides a smooth graphics rendering and gameplay.
The new G Flex 2 runs on a 3,000 mAh of battery. Although LG has claims that the battery performance has now been improved. They claims that the G Flex 2 can regain 50 percent of its battery in under 40 minutes with the stock charger. The video playback will runs around 10 hours and 37 minutes, which is quite decent but as compared to the original Flex which has clocked over 17 hours, the reason behind the lower backup battery capacity is due to the lowered capacity.
The new LG G Flex 2 will be available in red and silver colors. The company is also planing to bring its Watch Urbane smartwatch sometime in April.
The new LG G Flex 2 is the only smartphone till date along with Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which comes with the lightning fast quad-core Snapdragon 810 processor and also has the latest Android 5.0 software. So with these features it can be a good option to buy.
Competitors of LG G Flex 2
Price: Rs. 45,000
Display: 5.7 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels
Camera: 16 megapixel (rear), 3.7 megapixel (front)
Internal Memory: 32 GB, expandable up to 128 GB, 3 GB RAM
Operating System: Android 4.4.4 (KitKat), upgradable to 5.0 (Lollipop)
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
Battery: Li-Ion 3220 mAh battery
Price: Rs. 42,400
Display: 5.96 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels
Camera: 13 megapixel (rear), 2 megapixel (front)
Internal Memory: 32/64 GB, 3 GB RAM
Operating System: Android 4.4.4 (KitKat), upgradable to 5.0 (Lollipop)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3220 mAh battery
Specifications of LG G Flex 2
|LG G Flex 2|
|Dimensions||149.1 x 75.3 x 7.1-9.4 mm|
|Display Type||Curved P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels|
|Pixel Density||403 ppi|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Rear Camera||13 MP|
|Resolution||4128 x 3096 pixels|
|Features||laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, dual-LED flash|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.|
|Front Camera||2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps|
|Internal Memory||16 GB, 2 GB RAM/ 32 GB, 3 GB RAM|
|Card Slot||microSD, up to 128 GB|
|OS||Android 5.0.1 (Lollipop)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|USB||microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort), USB Host|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery|
Video of LG G Flex 2