LG G Flex 2 comes to meet those who wanted a little smaller Flex, its diagonal being reduced at 5.5 “. The difference in size is significant, the LG G Flex measuring 160.5 x 81.6 x 8.7 mm while the LG G Flex 2 had a successful diet – 149.1 x 75.3 x 9.4 mm. For those who have already tested or used LG G Flex, the curved phone is no longer a novelty and we can quickly get used to it. For those who have not, they may require a period of adjustment. But, it could be worth it as LG G Flex 2 uses the same platform as the HTC One M9.
We have no surprises in design – LG G Flex 2 is a smaller Flex. Viewed from the front, the phone is soberly and elegant, and the display / bezel ratio is quite good. LG G Flex 2 has a Gorilla Glass 3 layer, so the display should be pretty resistant. The same was assumed and on the back cover – it features the famous layer that self-repairs after scratching. I think it is obvious that we can talk about “healing” in the case of superficial scratches that occur in everyday use, not in case of deeper scratches. So still not a good idea to carry your phone in the same pocket with the keys. The cover can be removed, but only to enter the SIM or a micro SD card. The battery can’t be removed.
The 5.5 inch P-OLED display has a Full HD resolution, and a 30% higher pixel density than the first G Flex. This being an OLED, the level of white is not very high (333 cd / m2) but the contrast is unbeatable, the black level is absolute (0 cd / m2). The colors are very vivid, as we would expect from an OLED display, and although G Flex 2 can’t compare on color reproduction with a quality IPS, we can say that is not very far from that one.
Performance and software
The chipset is the same as in the one on HTC One M9, namely Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810. As you know, it consists of 4 Cortex-A53cores clocked at 1.5GHz, and an Adreno 430 graphics core. Also, the chip incorporates an LTE Cat 6 modem (300 Mbps). It is available in 2 versions: 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM or a 32GB of storage having 3GB of RAM. In both versions storage capacity can be expanded using a micro SD card of up to 128GB.
In tests, LG Flex G2 got correspondent results. In Quadrant it surpassed HTC One M9, getting 30,865 points. In the Vellamo test, it achieved a leading position right after the famous Note 4 from Samsung.
As software, Flex 2 comes with a custom 5.0.1 Lollipop, personalized with the Optimus interface from LG. You can configure the three on-screen buttons how you want, and there is also one hand use mode.
Photo/Video Camera Performance
LG G Flex 2 uses the same sensor that we could admire on the LG G3, but the image processor is different. They kept the optic stabilization, the phase-detection autofocus and the two tones flash. Same as the LG G3 we have a camera that produces high quality images in any situation – a high level of details and the colors are reproduced correctly. Inside, in dimly lit scenes, image stabilization does its job brilliantly, and lighting level seems slightly artificial increased.
With more than 8 hours of video playback, over 7 hours of gaming, and nearly two days away from the socket, LG G Flex 2 can be considered a basic smartphone for those who need every drop power from the battery.
LG G Flex 2 is one of the most powerful smartphones on the market and has a camera capable of making high quality pictures and its autonomy is more than satisfactory. Even though they kept the first model design, the LG G Flex 2 is more compact, due to a smaller diagonal of the display, and the buttons are those improved ones, from the LG G3. Although the price is somewhat high, this model has much to offer and can be an excellent alternative to Samsung or HTC products.