Yesterday’s debut of LG’s G3 left us wondering when we might see the return of some of tech used in the manufacturer’s earlier G Flex, a subject we brought up in our Editorial Roundtable yesterday afternoon – not so much the curved display, but the use of that self-healing plastic. But last we heard, at least, any G Flex 2 would still be quite a way’s off, possibly not launching until 2015. As it turns out, our wait might be considerably shorter, as we learn that LG has shared its intention to launch both a new G Flex and a new Vu model sometime in the second half of the year.
This news doesn’t arrive alongside any hardware specifics, so we’re largely left to rely on existing rumors and speculation for now. With the G Flex 2, we’d expect moderate improvements to the silicon, but the biggest avenue for improvement lies with that curved screen itself, and we’d love to see LG bump up the resolution to 1080p and do something about the awful ghosting.
It’s a little more difficult to get excited about a Vu 4, as LG’s family of Note knock-offs has done little to inspire us over the years. At least the Vu 3 finally added a stylus holder, but we were stuck dealing with another capacitive component, as opposed to active tracking like higher-end phablets use. And ever since the Vu’s inception, LG has stubbornly stuck with a 4:3 aspect ratio, a rarity for Android in the first place and practically unheard of when it comes to phone-sized devices. Will the Vu 4 repeat these mistakes? We’d love to believe it can do better, but so far there’s no reason to think that LG’s learned its lesson.