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LG G Flex 2: Curved Phone Heals Scratches in 10 Seconds

What's the benefit of a curved smartphone? LG tried to answer that question last year with the G Flex, which felt comfortable when held up to your ear and offered a fairly immersive viewing experience. But that wasn’t quite enough to wow. Powered by the latest Snapdragon 810 octa-core CPU, this sequel literally flexes like the original but sports four curves for a truly head-turning design.

Unique in the smartphone world, the G Flex 2 packs a smaller display than its predecessor (5.5 inches vs 6 inches), which makes it more comfortable to use with one hand. More important, the Flex 2 ups the resolution on its P-OLED screen from 720p to 1080p for a full HD picture. The panel didn't seem exceptionally bright but the viewing angles looked much wider than the G3. LG says that the specially treated glass makes the display 20 percent tougher than its predecessor. 

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Speaking of tough, the Advanced Healing Back on the G Flex 2 promises to repair scratches and nicks in just 10 seconds. We had mixed results with the first G Flex, so we’re hoping this new smartphone truly obviates the need for a case. The G Flex 2 will come in Plantinum Silver but the Flamenco Red model looked much more fetching.

The G Flex 2 will certainly be among the fastest Android phones when it goes on sale. It’s Snapdragon 810 processor ups the ante when it comes to gaming performance, as well as battery efficiency. The G Flex 2 will run Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Similar to the LG G3, the Flex 2 features a 13-MP camera with optical image stabilization and laser auto focus. The nifty Gesture View feature lets you take selfies just by bringing the phone close to your mug.

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When it comes to curved smartphones, Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge goes a different route. It offers a dedicated curved display on the right side that provides easy access to apps, notifications and mini apps.

The G Flex 2 doesn’t offer as much functionality, but it’s bolder aesthetically and promises more durability than Samsung’s phablet. We’ll have to see if the second time’s a charm. AT&T is among the first U.S. carriers on board, and we'll keep you posted with more details around pricing and availability.

Mark Spoonauer is the Editor in Chief of Tom's Guide. Follow him at @mspoonauer. Follow Tom's Guide at @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.