The LG G Flex 2 takes what we got from LG's first flexible phone and pumps it up for 2015. You get the same sort of look and feel — a large-ish phone that bends but doesn't breaks when you put pressure on it. But LG has addressed many of our chief complaints of the late-2013 model and has brought forth a phone that sits nicely between the LG G3 and what we expect to see in the company's flagship device for 2015.
The original flexible phone gets a worthy update for 2015
LG, as expected, has announced the LG G Flex 2, the second coming of curved smartphones. We've spent a little time with the G Flex 2, and it's worthy successor to the bendable phone that didn't get a whole lot of love here in the U.S. (Its underwhelming specs didn't help matters any.)
But LG's taken the feedback to heart. And what you have today is an interesting phone that fits between the flagship LG G3 and whatever 2015's new top model will be. And it does so with a bendable body to absorb accidental drops or meetings between your rear and a chair, improved self-healing capabilities to help with those annoying little scratches that plague all smartphones (and particularly glossy plastic ones like this), and a few new software features.
Oh, and it's the first Android phone to sport Qualcomm's new 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor. Kind of a big deal.
We've got the full press release below, but here are the big strokes.
Following this morning's announcement at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, the LG G Flex 2 is officially official. You'll want to check out our full coverage of LG's latest curvy, flexible phone live from Las Vegas, however if you'd also like to just look at some pretty pictures, it's also worth checking out our huge G Flex 2 photo gallery. You'll find it right after the break.
We've already taken a detailed look at the new LG G Flex 2 -- check out our hands-on post -- but we've also spent time discussing the flexible phone with Dr. Ram-chan Woo, LG's Vice President of Product Planning, who played an integral part in the development of this awesome device.
In this video, he walks us through the handset's major features, including its improved self-healing ability -- for that day when (not if) you scratch it. He further demonstrates the new selfie features, alongside the new glance functionality.
U.S. Cellular will begin selling the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge starting on Wednesday, Jan. 7. The wireless carrier is the latest to offer the smartphone with its unique edged screen and will sell the smartphone in Charcoal Black. Qualified customers can either buy it for $0 down using U.S. Cellular's equipment installment option or for $399 with a two-year contract.
HTC has announced a low-ender intended for UK markets — the Desire 320. This is a non-LTE device powered by a quad-core Mediatek MT6582M at 1.3 GHz, running Android 4.4 KitKat. It's got BlinkFeed and Video Highlights on board, has a 4.5 inch display at 854x480 and a 5-megapixel rear camera. There are 8GB of storage on board, with a microSD (up to 32GB) slot to help lessen that blow.
The phone has a 2,100 mAh battery and will come in white and grey.
Pricing and specific UK availability to be announced.
ZTE's latest budget-priced Android smartphone, the ZTE Imperial II, will be available in the US via U.S. Cellular for the price of $140 without a contract or for free with a two-year contract. A specific launch date was not announced.
ASUS has been teasing us with some videos and images ahead of their press event in Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 5 as part of CES 2015. Today, the company posted their latest video teaser, which uses Morse code to delivery a "secret" message which the company says centers on "a feature of one of our highlights at CES."
OnePlus One owners who live on the edge can get an official alpha release of the smartphone's Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM to install on their smartphone, provided they're willing to put up with a few bugs.
The Huawei Honor 6 Plus smartphone that was first announced in mid-December is now available for sale on the oppomart website for $399 without a contract. The phone's standout feature is its two rear 8MP cameras that allow users to take 13MP images.
According to HTC's Jeff Gordon (he's their Senior Global Online Communications Manager), 2015 is going to be a big year for HTC. Of course, as their head online PR guy he's not going to say that 2015 will be a ho-hum year for the Taiwanese manufacturer of some of our favorite smartphones and the latest Nexus tablet, but we can't help but be interested in what HTC is planning on bringing to bear in the coming year.
Privacy and smartphones is something of a popular — and important! — topic, especially after the last few years of spying scandals and security breaches. It's often not clear how much data from your device is being collected, not just by your apps and by Google, but by the manufacturers. It's also often unclear just how to turn that off on your phone should you wish to not have your data being shared with them.
It's transparency done right, and it's worth highlighting here.
If you're looking to round off 2014 with a bargain, Vodafone UK has a deal that's worth a look. The carrier is selling its branded HTC One M8 on Pay As You Go for £289, well below the £350-400 you'll pay elsewhere for the handset. The device will likely be locked to Vodafone, but if you're already on that network — or have an easy way to SIM-unlock it — then this is a pretty good deal for one of the top Android phones of 2014.
It's been a good long while since we've mentioned Palm around these parts, but there's a strong possibility we could be mentioning them a lot more often if what we think is happening is in fact what is happening. By all appearances, it looks like Alcatel Onetouch has purchased the Palm brand and trademarks from HP. This comes just a few years after HP shut down webOS and eventually open sourced it and sold their development assets to LG. It's hard to say what exactly Alcatel Onetouch might be doing with the Palm trademarks, anything from protecting their own branding to a complete rebrand as Palm is possible.
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