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January 07, 2014

LG G Flex Coming to Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile in Q1

For some reason, both Samsung and LG have zeroed in on curved displays as the cool new thing. First it started in televisions. In fact, curved TVs alone are apparently not enough for Samsung, which has announced that bendable TVs will hit the market later this year. Of course, there was no way a curved smartphone wasn’t going to pop up eventually.

As usual, LG and Samsung raced to release a curved smartphone. In Samsung’s case, it released the Galaxy Round, which curves along the horizontal plane to give a slightly more comfortable in-pocket experience. LG, meanwhile, decided a vertical curve would be best, as evidenced by the LG G Flex.

Despite the fact that no one is quite sure what the benefit of a curved phone is, the LG G Flex is apparently receiving a U.S. release. The device will hit stores during the first quarter of 2014 from Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile.

"Combining unparalleled consumer benefits with the best of LG's technological advancements, the LG G Flex represents the shape of innovation, a harbinger of the future of smartphones and is poised to reinvigorate excitement in the category during 2014," said Morris Lee, senior vice president and head of North American sales and marketing, LG Mobile Communications Company, in a statement.

To be fair to the G Flex, it does offer some stellar specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.26GHz, a six-inch curved Plastic OLED HD display, 2GB of RAM and a hefty 3,500mAh battery.

More importantly, it isn’t just a curved phone, it’s also flexible, meaning if you sit on it, it will lie flat rather than breaking. That said, LG warns that the flexibility of the G Flex is “limited,” and suggests keeping it bent flat for only short periods of time. The company also claims that the G Flex’s curve follows the contour of the face, allowing for a more comfortable talking experience on such a large device.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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