It’s been a while since the LG G Flex 2 first arrived, but customers in the U.S. are still waiting for the device to actually arrive in carrier stores. While there’s no concrete LG G Flex 2 release date to speak of, we’ve now got word that the device will be available for pre-order starting in mid-March.
Since its CES 2015 unveiling, the LG G Flex 2 has been one of the more eagerly-awaited devices in the Android space, even if it is, for better or for worse, a niche device. We’ve since seen it get released in LG’s home market of Korea, but release details for other markets have been scant until now. According to Sprint, the LG G Flex 2 will be up for pre-order starting on March 13, and while other carriers have yet to provide information on the phone’s pre-order and release dates, we expect more information to be available as we head into March.
We’ve yet to hear about other release details, primarily the LG G Flex 2’s price tag, but we wouldn’t put it anywhere less than $199 on a two-year contract, or less than $700 if purchased unlocked. Remember that the G Flex 2 is different from the erstwhile flagship LG G3 mainly because of its curved display.
The original LG G Flex created quite a stir upon its release last year, and got a favorable reception despite its limited availability, but it wasn’t long before people started paying attention to its obvious weaknesses. First and foremost was its rather inconvenient design that made it hard to use with one hand, despite LG’s claims that it would be easy to do so. That was mainly because of the phone’s odd shape and 6-inch display, and speaking of the phone’s display, that was the second bone people had to pick with the first G Flex; resolution was a paltry 720p, which is far from what you’d expect from a premium 6-inch phone.
Fortunately, LG has remedied both weaknesses on the G Flex 2, which has gotten some positive reviews and feedback following hands-on tests. The new G Flex 2 is more aesthetically pleasing and functional to use in terms of its design, though its dimensions (149.1 x 75.3 x 7.1-9.4mm) make it a bit chubbier than its predecessor, the G Flex.
As a reminder of the G Flex 2’s specifications, the device comes with a 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 Full HD curved display, a 2 GHz, eight-core Snapdragon 810 chipset paired with 2 GB RAM (Korean versions get 3 GB RAM), 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage with microSD support, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2.1-megapixel front camera, Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, and a 3,000 mAh non-removable battery. The device’s features include Optical Image Stabilization+, laser autofocus, rear-facing controls, and a variety of LG software features, such as its innovative Knock Code.
Of course, the curved display is the selling point of all selling points, but LG also claims the device’s self-healing back now heals up much faster for minor nicks and scratches, something that’s been backed up by many a hands-on test.