The Google Nexus S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus both had slightly curved displays, and while it was generally accepted that a phone naturally curving around your face on calls was a sensible idea, it didn’t exactly set a new precedent for smartphone shapes.
Fast-forward to 2013, however, and LG thinks its G Flex is the start of something big: a tidal wave of similarly curved smartphones.
LG seems to have conveniently forgotten about the Google Nexus S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus in its press releases, declaring the G Flex as the “first smartphone curved to follow the contour of the human face”.
To be fair, the LG G Flex boasts the unique ability to bend flat – with a significant amount of pressure. It subsequently curves back to its regular shape, and the South Koreans claim they’ve performed the test 100 times on a single handset without any lasting effect.
It remains to be seen how much interest the LG G Flex will generate in the UK (there’s still no official confirmation that we’re even getting a UK release), but LG reckons it’ll be a common form factor in years to come.
Specifically, LG predicts that 12% of smartphones will be curved or flexible by 2015, rising to 40% by 2018.
via: Slash Gear