Korean Electronics brand LG had surprised the world back in the year 2013 when it launched the LG G Flex. It was the first phone in the world to feature flexible curved mobile display. Recently, in the first quarter of this year LG launched the successor to this curved smartphone with a slightly smaller display.
After the official launch, the LG G Flex 2 had earned huge user engagement on social media platforms. This was the first smartphone to feature top-notch Snapdragon 810 chipset. In India, it became available in the month March with a price tag of 55000 rupees. However, within just two months its price has fallen and it is currently available on Flipkart for 45949 INR. There are actually two variants of this smartphone, but unfortunately only the 16GB variant with 2 GB RAM is being sold in India.
The LG G Flex 2 comes with the same design that was featured on its predecessor, but with some improvements. This smartphone is more curved on the back than on the front, which increases the comfort while using it with a single hand. Power key and volume rockers are below the rear camera, which has become the ideal position of spots in most of LG smartphones. Back panel is removable and has got a reflective finish, which also makes it a fingerprint magnet. LG has made the G Flex 2 really slim and its thickness ranges from 7.1 to 9.4 mm.
Improving the user experience and one hand usability, the LG G Flex 2 features a 5.5 inches P-OLED display, which is 0.5 inch smaller than its predecessor. This also means that you will be able to put this smartphone in the pocket of your skinny jeans without much problem. The display packs a full HD resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels that translates to a high pixel density of 403 ppi. Viewing angles of this smartphone are really wide and you will not find any kind distortion from steep sides. Color reproduction and brightness are no less in quality than any flagship out there.
LG has put a slightly improved version of the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the top of the display of this smartphone. This makes the LG G Flex 2 30 per cent more durable and tough than its predecessor.
There is no improvement in the mega pixels of both the rear and front camera of this smartphone, but the hardware does have something special for you as long as you are in bright day light. The 13 MP rear shooter captures images with a great level of details. You can also shoot 4K UHD videos on this phone and its Optical Image Stabilization technology will impress you for sure. This camera also comes with a laser auto focus system that works pretty well. The real problem arises when you are shooting indoors. Colors that get reproduced are of bad quality. Dullness will never leave you even if the subject is much vibrant in color or you use the dual-tone flash of this phone.
The wide angle 2.1 MP camera is a deserving part of the LG G Flex 2. You can capture all your friends in a single selfie without using hand-stressing features like panorama mode. It also comes with a Gesture shoot feature that you can use to capture images just by making a fist.
Performance (Storage, Benchmarks and Gaming)
While the LG G Flex 2 showcased the Snapdragon 810 64 bit chipset for the very first time everyone was expecting some breathtaking performance. However, as it turns out that even with an octa-core processor (quad-core 1.5 GHz and quad-core 2.0 GHz), this phone fails to give a decent daily life experience. The main problem is of the software, which is not optimized to take the full advantage of the high performing hardware of this phone. On the front of multitasking the 2 GB variant will provide a good experience to the user, but it could have been a different case if LG had launched the 3 GB variant in India. 16 GB of storage will not fall short as you can expand it up to 2 TB using a micro SD card.
The impressive specs of the LG G Flex 2 result in really impressive benchmark scores. A whopping score of 54251 in AnTuTu is a desirable number for every smartphone lover. In Geekbench multi-core this smartphone easily manages to get a score 3965. Also, the score of 22048 in 3DMark is not that bad either.
No matter how well this smartphone performs in the benchmarking tests, its power does not get reflected in the gaming performance. The Adreno 430 GPU does help in rendering the graphics, but you will experience some level of stutters for sure.
The LG G Flex 2 is a single SIM smartphone, but it comes with Indian 4G support, so it will be a good trade off. All the other connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, NFC, micro USB and Infrared are present on this phone. Overall this smartphone is a tightly packed device when it comes to connectivity.
This smartphone boasts all the major types of sensors that include Accelerometer, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Gyroscope and Digital Compass. Whether you are a gaming guy or use your phone as a utility, you will not face any kind of problem on the LG G Flex 2.
A 3000 mAh battery proves to be enough powerful for this smartphone. You will easily pass a single day on a single charge. The LG G Flex 2 also comes with a fast charging technology that charges its battery to 50 per cent within first 40 minutes.
The smartphone runs Android 5.0.1 right out of the box, but can be upgraded to Android 5.1.1. LG’s custom UI on the top of the OS adds a lot of cool features, but there are some issues with it. All the processes and threads running behind the scenes are not optimized according to the specs because of which users will find frequent lags and stutters.
The premium features like Glance View, Gesture View, Knock Code and Gesture Shot do add to the user experience. Also, the user interface can be customized according to the user’s taste.
- Curved design.
- Improved self-healing back.
- 13 MP rear camera with laser auto-focus.
- 4K UHD recording.
- Snapdragon 810 64bit chipset.
- 3000 mAh battery.
- Indian 4G LTE support.
- OS is not optimized.
- Camera reproduces dull colors in dark.
- Gets heated pretty fast.
The brand LG did achieve new skies with the G Flex 2. It became the first device to feature the Snapdragon 810 chipset and its design cannot be described in words. However, it is not an ideal phone to buy or to bet your money on. There are a lot of rooms for improvements which cannot be tackled until LG launches the next G Flex.