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LG has joined the curved display party, with official news leaking out of Korea about its upcoming G Flex smartphone.

Both Samsung and LG told attendees at CES 2013 that they were prepping the "world's first" curved OLED smartphone, but Samsung won the race with its Galaxy Round smartphone, announced earlier this month.

LG's offering was announced today via the company's official Korean website, which revealed the G Flex smartphone's display will vertically bring the microphone closer to a user's mouth when held against the ear, increasing microphone volume by 3 dB.

The phone's feature list revealed the G Flex will feature the same quad-core 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 as seen in the LG G2, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and a 3500mAh battery.

The curved screen will be six inches in size with a 720p resolution, while the G-Flex will be 8.7 millimetres at its thickest point and 7.9 at its thinnest.

The handset will weigh 177 grams.

According to the official page (in Korean) LG said the phone will offersplit screen multi-tasking, and you'll be able to access certain apps from the lock screen by using special gestures. 

LG also claims that the G Flex will have a special "self-healing" coating on the rear that will cause small scratches to disappear "within minutes", and mentions Wolverine from X-Men.

The phone will run Android 4.2.2, and features a refreshed UX that has a function called Q Theater which gives users access to content direct from the lock screen.

The smartphone is also LTE-capable, includes Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi  functionality and NFC.

LG also said hte phone is also capable of Hi-Fi quality 24-bit/192 kHz audio playback.

The LG G Flex will be released in Korea next month, and then willl probably make its way around the rest of the world.

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David Swan

David Swan is a tech journalist from Melbourne and is iTWire's Associate Editor. Having started off as a games reviewer at the age of 14, he now has a degree in Journalism from RMIT (with Honours) and owns basically every gadget under the sun. He also writes for Junkee and Fasterlouder. You can email him at david.swan@itwire.com or follow him at twitter.com/mrdavidswan

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