LG-GFlexLG Mobile South Africa showcased the world’s first curved smartphone last night at a media preview event at the Saxon hotel.

The LG G Flex was announced last year, and was on display at CES in Las Vegas earlier this month. LG says its designed to follow the curve of the human face.

When I picked it up for the first time, I was surprised by how it felt and how light it was. I think I expected something different. It is comfortable in the hand, but only time will tell how many units get sold or if this is the next step forward for smartphones. It could be slightly awkward trying to slip it into your pocket.

It’s a 6-inch handset has a 1280×720 pixel resolution, a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip, 2GB of RAM, 32GB on-board memory and a 13-megapixel camera. It also has a curved 3 500mAh battery, naturally. The back cover is ‘self healing’, meaning scratches and nicks “disappear”.

The 6″ G Flex and the 5.2″ G2 side by side:


Deon Prinsloo, mobile communications GM at LG SA said last night that the G Flex took 3 years to make, with 200 engineers working on it and 50 prototypes were made. It was created with the help of LG’s sister companies LG Chem and LG Innotek.


The G Flex will be available in South Africa in April at a cost of R9 999.

LG also showcased the G Pro Lite, a smartphone aimed at the youth market. It’s a 5.5-inch device with a massive 3 140mAh battery, comes preloaded with BBM, embedded stylus pen, stereo speakers, 8MP camera, and dual SIM. It has the UX features seen on the high-end LG G2. It will be available through Cell C from 1 February through the SU100 contract with 300MB of data free for the 24 month period at a cost of R239.