Pictures alleged to be official press renders have emerged of LG’s curved smartphone, a device which is pegged to debut the company’s flexible OLED technology, the so-called LG G Flex.
LG has already officially announced its new flexible OLED tech, revealing a 6-inch panel amid rumours of the LG G Flex coming in November and featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.
Unlike Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy Round, which uses the company’s own flexible OLED tech (Youm) to create a curved screen from side-to-side, the leaked shots of the LG G Flex show a curvature from top to bottom, in a similar vein to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but far more pronounced.
The images emerged via Engadget, which also says that its unnamed sources have revealed the device will indeed launch in November and will sport a 6-inch display panel. Little else is known in terms of specs, although it’s possible it may share a similar set of hardware to the LG G2. Samsung’s Galaxy Round had a very similar spec sheet to the company’s recently launched Galaxy Note 3 and all these devices use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip.
It’s not clear whether the LG G Flex will be available outside of Korea. Samsung’s Galaxy Round is currently a Korean exclusive and LG lives in the same neighbourhood. It’s understood from previous leaks and rumours that flexible OLED manufacturing is still in the early stages and mass-production is still not fully up to speed. As a result, manufacturers appear to be producing small batches of curved OLED handsets and due to the lower numbers are restricting sales of these experimental handsets to stay inside Korea.
Could LG take a gamble and push the LG G Flex to an international consumer base? It seems unlikely, but we will find out in November. Stay tuned for more as we get it.