It's been more than a year since we saw the introduction of the original LG G Flex. When LG announced the second generation this January we had already assumed that LG had decided to ditch the entire concept. Was it reports of iPhone 6 Plus bending in people's pockets that re-kindled the LG Flex affair over at LG HQ? Bad joke? Well, unlike us, LG are in no mood for joking. Their phone has stellar specs.
The LG G Flex2 is one of the best sequels we've seen. Most people must recall the original - after all it was the first of its kind - but it was seen by few and owned by fewer still.
Instantly recognizable, but tough sell nonetheless, the original LG G Flex didn't do that well in the market in spite of - or exactly because, it did have two features from the future. A curved, flexible screen and the self-healing coating at the rear.
Were they just gimmicks to trick you into buying another flagship-wannabe? The immersive P-OLED display was great for watching movies and games, but LG missed an opportunity to make it an inherent part of how you interact with the device. The self-healing finish of the battery cover had a point but still a long way to go to living up to the marketing promises. Both added to a pretty steep price tag and we still wouldn't call them gimmicks.
Anyway, LG is giving the Flex another try and doing it properly this time. The new LG G Flex2 brings a better display, allegedly better self-healing rear coating, the best chipset there is, an improved camera, an impressive connectivity package, the latest Android and a rich software bundle. The display was trimmed down to 5.5", but promoted to Full HD resolution for a clearly superior pixel density of 403ppi.
The G Flex2 is the first device we're about to test with a Snapdragon 810 chipset inside. The 13MP camera was treated to optical image stabilization and laser autofocus. That shouldn't have been too hard, pretty much what the LG G3 had a while back. But these are still welcome.
Again, just like the last generation, the curved phone profile doesn't mean the phone is flexible in any way. Just on the contrary, it's quite sturdy and well built. The self-healing layer on the back of the phone is still unmatched and it has been improved in this version with even faster healing times.
We really disapprove how LG is treating its base 16GB models with less RAM and presumably with lesser user experience. Perhaps not everybody will feel the difference, but it's surely there. Our main concern though is the Snapdragon 810 chip itself.
Latest reports point to serious overheating issues. The latest we heard is Samsung will be ditching Snapdragon 810 in favor of its own Exynos platform for the upcoming Galaxy S6 even though Qualcomm promised an improved Snapdragon 810 chip is on the way. But if indeed an updated hardware is coming, what about the early adopters who opt for the LG G Flex? Watch out for the benchmark chapter in this review and hope for the best is all we can do at this point.
We also have our doubts about battery life too. The original G Flex was a battery champ, but this one has twice the number of pixels to light up, yet it has 85% of the capacity.
Well, that's a lot of questions looking to get answers. Before you know it, the LG G Flex2 will be out of the box and we'll start answering them one after the other.