Last year’s LG G Flex was an interesting device to say the least, it was one of the first devices to hit the market with a genuine curved display, rather than just the glass in front of it and it was built using the same button layout as the G2. We found a lot to like about it in our review, but it didn’t quite live up to the hype, with its self-healing back being only good for light scratches if that, and the 720p 6-inch display did leave a lot to be desired at that size. Still, it was a good device for LG nonetheless, and the company should be commended for actually bringing it West, unlike another South Korean company we know.
According to a report from India, an LG India executive has said that the G Flex 2 might launch as early as the end of this year, but we’re thinking this will more than likely end up being an early 2015 release for the company. What’s interesting is that it’s been said the G Flex 2 will feature a higher-resolution display, which was arguably the biggest complaint that anyone had with the original G Flex, and at 6-inches it stands to reason that users would want some more pixels in such a large display. While there was no specific word on the resolution being used, it seems like a 1080p display is most likely as squeezing in all those pixels into a Plastic OLED display isn’t as easy as it sounds. Add that to the fact that this new display technology is still in its infancy and you’ve got some production issues to work out as well.
If the G Flex 2 were to launch before the end of 2014, it’d be going up against the Galaxy Note Edge, a new device from Samsung that combines the Galaxy Note 4 with a curved display on one side to give the device…an edge. If nothing else, the G Flex 2 will be the device with which we decide if flexible displays are actually practical or more something to leave out of traditional smartphone design.