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Hands on with the LG G Flex2 at CES

Jan 7, 2015

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Earlier this week at the Consumer Electronics Show, LG Electronics debuted the LG G Flex2, the latest evolution of the curved smartphone. The phone’s curved body offers enhanced sound pickup, a low-glare display, and a comfortable grip—all of which contribute to both sleek form and function.

The LG G Flex2 is the first announced consumer device powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon 810™ processor, designed for faster, more-efficient connectivity. According to a popsci.com review, “the new phone builds on many of the successes of its predecessor: Its display is even sharper, the body is slightly slimmer, and most importantly, the phone is powered by the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.”

Check out the above video to see the G Flex2 in action.

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