LG recently announced the G Flex would be arriving with several US carriers. But even outside the US market, the handset is still relatively new. The LG G Flex is a smartphone that sports a 6-inch curved display. And as suggested by the name, the display is also flexible.
This doesn't mean the handset can regularly change shape, but there is a bit of flex that should help to make the phone a bit more durable. To that point, LG has said they have tested the G Flex with 88 pounds of weight on the back panel. Furthermore, the handset has successfully completed a round of being "flattened out" 100 times without any physical damage.
We've been carrying an LG G Flex lately, and will have a full review here shortly, and while we checked out the ability to flatten out the handset, we haven't seen any issues as a result. But that is not to say there isn't something going on. Recent reports coming from the Korea Times brings talk of bumps on the display.
It was said these bumps come as a result of regular flexing of the display. LG did acknowledge the issue in a recent statement, but they do not seem overly concerned. There seems to be a bit lost in the translation, however the key piece of the statement is as follows;
"Because the G Flex components inside the glass cover, OLED display, battery are elastic, excessive or frequent force that flattens the device produce bumps."
LG did also go on to mention how these bumps will not affect the performance of the G Flex and that they should disappear over time. And as a warning, LG suggests G Flex users "don't try to use frequent, excessive force on the device screen." The image sitting above offers a look at the two bumps that have been appearing as a result of regular flexing.
As for the US release of the the LG G Flex, that is planned for the first quarter of the year and will include AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.