LG’s Curvy ‘Self-Healing’ Smartphone May Come to U.S.

LG_G_FLEX_04 - CopyThose seeking a smartphone with more curves may be in luck soon enough. The LG G Flex, which is among the first smartphones to sport curved display technology, is reportedly coming to AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

LG is hitting local carriers in Korea this month, and LG says that additional markets will soon be announced. Renowned Twitter leakster @evleaks, which has a stellar track record when it comes to predicting product announcements, reports that the G Flex will come to three of the big four in the U.S. 

MORE: LG G Flex vs. Samsung Galaxy Round: How the Specs and Features Compare

The LG G Flex is the second commercially available smartphone to come with a curved display. Samsung’s Galaxy Round was announced just weeks before LG unveiled its G Flex. Currently, Samsung’s model is only available in Korea.

Other than its curved display, the LG G Flex sports similar specs to its more linear G2 sibling. Like the LG G2, the G Flex comes with a 2.26-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and LG’s rear-touch controls. It features a larger 6-inch display with a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution, a 13-megapixel front camera and a hefty 3,500-mAh battery. LG also claims that its G Flex possesses “self-healing” capabilities thanks to its protective film cover, which supposedly clears scratches and dents on the back shell within seconds.

While the curved display technology in the LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Round is definitely impressive, the user advantages aren’t immediately clear.

“The curved products I’ve seen so far don’t seem to have any appreciative benefit other than the fact that it’s cool,” said Avi Greengart, research director for consumer devices at Current Analysis. “It definitely appears to be engineering for the sake of engineering.”

The alleged leak doesn’t mention when the LG G Flex may arrive in the U.S., but the rounded handset is also expected to arrive in Europe in February.

Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa has been reporting on all things mobile for Laptopmag.com since early 2013. When she’s not reviewing gadgets, she’s usually browsing patent databases or interviewing experts to track down the hottest tech trends before they even happen. Lisa holds a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and has contributed to The International Business Times, The New York Daily News and Guitar World Magazine.
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