LG G Flex phone arrived in Canada in January and will be facing strong competition in June from OnePlus, when the new Chinese company will release its powerful and reasonably priced OnePlus One. These two phones make for an interesting comparison, The LG G Flex boasts unique features, and the OnePlus One is a strong and affordable flagship phone from a new producer hungry to bite into the Canadian Market.
Upstart Chinese company, OnePlus, is set to release its flagship smartphone, the One. It runs Android 4.4 Kitkat featuring the Cyanogemod 11S. The One has high-specs and a reasonable price tag. The display of the G Flex is larger, but less powerful at 720p compared to the Full HD 1080p of the One. A state-of-the-art 2.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM gives the One a power and performance advantage over the G Flex which has an older Snapdragon chipset and only 2GB RAM. Neither phone has room for expanded storage; the One comes in 16GB and 64GB options while the G Flex offers 32GB. The One boasts more powerful cameras in the front and rear.
Unique features to the LG G Flex are a slightly curved screen, offering easier accessibility in pockets if nothing else, and a curious self-healing feature to fix scuffs and scratches on the back of the phone. It works, to an extent, but is not a technology which is extremely useful at this point. The G flex wins in the battery category with a replaceable 3,500mAh compared to the fixed 3,100mAh of the One.
All things considered, the One is a clear winner. The high-spec approach of OnePlus One into the Canadian market sets it ahead of the significantly more expensive LG G Flex. The larger curved screen and gimmicky self-healing feature cannot compete with the One when the One retails outright for half or less than the G Flex. For those looking for a powerful new Android device, waiting till June for the affordable and powerful One is a persuasive option.