After the LG G Flex in 2013 and Samsung Galaxy Note Edge in 2014, the smartphone market is gearing up for even more curved display devices in 2015. LG Electronics may announce a new smartphone, the LG G Flex 2, at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in January, Android Authority reports.
LG G Flex 2 is expected to be an overhaul of the original G Flex, which was released last October, featuring a screen with a horizontal curve. While few details are known about the device, insiders told the publication the G Flex 2 probably would be smaller than its predecessor and feature a “high-resolution plastic-based OLED screen.”
Adding to older rumors that a coming G Flex successor might actually have the ability to be flexible and bend up to 90 degrees, sources divulged to Android Authority that the LG G Flex 2 might include a “self-healing coating.”
The 2015 International CES takes place from Jan. 6 to 9 in Las Vegas and will showcase a plethora of new technology on which the industry will focus in the coming year. While there are few curved or flexible display smartphones on the market, many manufacturers, including LG and Samsung Electronics Co., hope to increase interest in such devices in 2015.
In addition to the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung also released the Galaxy Round smartphone in Korea in 2013 as its first attempt at a curved display mobile device. But LG was the first manufacturer to bring curved displays to the market with the LG G Flex. The device is more prominently available overseas, but is available in the U.S. at the mobile networks AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and a few other retailers. LG has also delved into making curved display television sets, featuring flexible OLED displays.
LG is the fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer in terms of shipping as of the third quarter, according to the IDC and Strategy Analytic. The company has seen impressive growth with in sales due to its G series and L series smartphones.
The company hopes some management restructuring will help it keep its momentum in the coming year. LG announced Thursday the appointment of a new CEO of LG Mobile, Juno Cho, who will assume his role starting Jan. 1. LG’s current CEO Jong-seok Park will become the company’s chief technology adviser.