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Sprint unveils the LG G Flex, the world’s first flexible smartphone

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On Jan. 31, Sprint will roll out the world’s first flexible smartphone: LG G Flex. ‘Bout time! We’ve been waiting for what seems like forever.

The future of flexible smartphones was first introduced by Samsung in the fall of 2012

LG G Flex

LG G Flex

when the company produced its early prototypes and made its plans public. Similarly, Sony had been working on a flexible smartphone concept since 2010, but both companies failed to commercialize their designs at the time. LG surprised everyone by implementing the flexible display first.

The purpose of the flexible plastic screen is to make the phone unbreakable by causing the display to absorb the shock of an impact. This will save 100% of cellphone users a lot of aggravation, I’m sure.

Contrary to popular belief, these new phones are not intended or able to be rolled up or folded like paper. Yet! This first generation of flex phones is curved in its design to allow for more viewable content to be available in the same space in addition to increased protection. The phone can bend a few millimeters each way, but has no reason to do so. So don’t be stupid with it!

Samsung is expected to release its Galaxy S5 later this year, and it could mean a big step in flexible displays.  Rumors are flying about the level of flexibility Samsung is going to provide. Here’s hoping we can do the wave with it!

Rumors are flying that Samsung will increase its memory in the Galaxy S5 to a ridiculous 4GB RAM, add an eye scanner for unlocking, and shrink to millimeters in thickness. If they can make a phone with all of that waterproof, sign me up. The screen in itself, we’ve already seen, can be bended and folded like paper. The hurtle is in designing the rest of the phone to bend with it. I’m rooting for you, Samsung!

The LG G Flex comes with a gigantic 6-inch screen, 29-hour talk time battery, a sweet 2GB RAM memory, a 13-magapixel rear-facing camera, a 2.1- megapixel front-facing camera, and the new and widely loved Rear Key.

The future of flexible displays could mean more than a phone that can wiggle. Samsung is exploring all possible avenues that would give consumers an enhanced mobile device

Samsung's Flexible Display Component

Samsung’s Flexible Display Component

experience. The only down side is that we have to wait to find out what those specs are going to be.

The only thing to do now is stay patient until Jan. 31, then truck on over to a Sprint store and scream, “Shut up and take my money!”

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