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CES 2014: LG Introduces G Flex Smartphone and Its First Wearables

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LG unveiled its much-anticipated curved, flexible G Flex smartphone at CES 2014, saying it will be available in the U.S. during the first quarter from Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

The LG G Flex smartphone cuts quite a profile.

The LG G Flex smartphone cuts quite a profile.

The LG G Flex features a six-inch curved plastic OLED HD display and a curved 3,500 mAh battery, a 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with quad-core Krait CPU, 2GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC ROM a 13MP rear-facing/2.1MP front-facing camera and Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2.

Beyond the cool factor, what is the utility of a curved, flexible smartphone? According to LG, it’s the ability to “hear better, hold better and view better.” The company explained that the curved phone will contour to your body much better when you put it in your pants pockets, as well as to your face when you’re talking on the phone (take it from someone who owns the brick known as the Samsung Galaxy S4, a curved form factor would feel awesome) and to your eyes when viewing videos.

LG Lifeband Touch is one of two wearables that LG introduced at CES.

LG Lifeband Touch is one of two wearables that LG introduced at CES.

Like so many other companies at this year’s CES, LG is making its first venture into the exploding realm of wearable technology. Lifeband Touch is a smart activity tracker wristband that’s compatible with both heart rate monitors and smartphones. A built-in 3-axis accelerometer and altimeter measures distance, speed, number of steps, calories consumed and projected pace, all of which are shown on its swipeable OLED panel, along with the time, incoming calls and music controls. A motion-sensing algorithm automatically activates the display with a twist of the wrist. Using Bluetooth, Lifeband Touch can transmit data to a smartphone or other device. 

LG’s other wearable product is a set of Heart Rate Earphones that measure blood flow from the outside of the ear to capture data like heart rate and maximal oxygen consumption. This “continuous heart rate monitoring device” has a connected clip-on medallion that sends data to a smartphone or Lifeband Touch via Bluetooth. Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones will be available in the first half of 2014.

LG also introduced its newest wireless stereo headset, the LG Tone Ultra with JBL Signature Sound, which is now available for $129.00 from AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Amazon and Best Buy.

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