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LG G Flex ‘banana phone’ boomerangs its way to Europe

It looks as if LG’s so-called ‘banana phone’, the G Flex, is just around the corner. LG has begun sending out invitations to an event in Hong Kong to announce the handset’s international release, according to Chinese site 3G.cn.

LG G Flex: Bent as a 9 bob note, as the British might say.

AT&T, Sprint and T Mobile are all said to have plans to stock the LG G Flex from the end of next year, while Orange’s French division will begin flogging the thing in February. We’ve no word as to whether the arched ‘andset will come to the UK, but hey, if the French get it then surely it’s only a matter of time before the Brits do, too.

“I cannot name names, but we are discussing the release of the G Flex with several mobile carriers,” said Kwon Bong-seok, head of the Product Planning Group of the MC Division of LG Electronics at an event disclosing the G Flex. “We are going to export it to the US, Europe and Japan.”

The G Flex could be headed for Europe as early as next Spring.

The G Flex’s talents extend beyond the strangeness of its shape. The handset is the first smartphone with an elastic coating on the rear that can self-repair any small nicks and scratches without intervention from the user. The phone also makes use of LG’s stacked battery technology, allowing a relatively large capacity of 3,500mAh.

The device features a 6-inch 720p RGB OLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 13-megapixel camera.

The LG G Flex isn’t the only curvy caller on the market. Samsung has beaten its Korean rival to the punch with the oddly tapered Galaxy Round.  

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