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LG's curved smartphones to hit European shelves next month

All Headlines 11:00 January 21, 2014

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LG to release curved smartphone G Flex in Europe


LG's curved smartphones to hit European shelves next month
By Kang Yoon-seung

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's tech giant LG Electronics Inc. said Tuesday it plans to launch the G Flex, its first smartphone with a curved display, in the European market next month.

The country's No. 2 smartphone maker said it has decided to roll out the G Flex in 20 European countries, with the release in Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden and Austria scheduled for next month.

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The company had released it at home in November and followed up with launches in a handful of Asian countries, including Hong Kong and Singapore, the next month.

The U.S. launch is slated for March, the company announced earlier.

The G Flex boasts a 6-inch plastic OLED display that curves inward as well as unique features such as "KnockOn," which lets users turn on their phone by tapping the display twice.

The smartphone, which also features a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and runs on the Long-Term Evolution Advanced mobile network.

Equipped with a curved battery, the smartphone has no side buttons as all of its buttons are on the rear of the device.

Samsung Electronics Co., LG's bigger rival, launched the Galaxy Round in October, which features a curved 5.7-inch screen with a 13-megapixel rear camera and 2.3 GHz quad-core processor.

colin@yna.co.kr
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