CES 2015: LG’s Curved G Flex 2 Can Recover from Scratches in Ten Seconds Flat

The original LG G Flex was an admittedly odd beast; a highly experimental device with innovative features still in search of a target demographic. If the first G Flex was a testing grounds for what was to come, the G Flex 2 the true realization of the original’s wackier ideas. This, of course, is nothing short of great news.

The first order of business with the latest ‘Flex was to make it just a bit more manageable, and as such the massive 6-inch panel has been reduced to a pocketable (and G3-comparable) 5.5. Luckily, screen resolution has been smartly altered as well — the device now sports a 1080p display, which at this size is more than plenty. I always felt that the G3’s quad-HD was overkill, and worse yet, prevented the device from repeating the G2’s stellar battery performance. With 1080p resolution and modern power efficiency, the G Flex 2 may have a chance at actually besting the G2 in the battery life department, making it an instant buy for power-conscious users.

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Charging the G Flex 2 won’t be all that troublesome either, if LG’s claims are to be believed. 40 minutes connected to power is enough to restore about 50% battery life, and given that most daytime charging isn’t from dead-as-a-doornail power status, you can expect to have plenty of juice at nearly all times during use. The phone sports Android 5.0 Lollipop which is no surprise, but what is surprising (and slightly disappointing) is that LG still clings firmly to its modest-but-obvious modifications to Android. I find the G2’s interface largely inoffensive, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t prefer stock at the end of the day. Fragmentation, it seems, is one thing the G Flex 2 doesn’t aim to solve.

Regardless, the phone is fast, thin, beautifully curved, and self-recovering, meaning that the unique surface of the original G Flex that healed scratches and dings in two or three minutes can now do so in ten seconds flat. Meanwhile, an octa-core Snapdragon 810 purrs away inside, ready to take on the most demanding applications and give your laptop a run for its money. Overkill? Probably. But there’s a separate editorial for that.

Release info is still nonexistent for the G Flex 2, but we do know that AT&T has committed to carrying the device when receives a launch window later this year. I’m hoping for a T-Mobile variant myself — unlimited data on a damage-resistant powerhouse of  a phone sounds a lot like a dream come true to me.

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