Software and Camera
Naturally, LG wanted to be a forerunner when it comes to the LG G Flex 2, so the handset comes with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop right out of the box, so that we can enjoy minimal Optimus skinning with Material Design and all the new features Lollipop brings to Google’s brand new mobile operating system. LG added a few of its own tweaks to the software, meaning that you can now swipe down on the curved screen of the LG G Flex 2, even when the device has its display turned off, to bring up relevant information like notifications, time, recent messages and missed calls. Otherwise, the flexible phone comes with all the software features like Knock On, Gesture Shot and Gesture View we’ve seen on the LG G3.
Camera-wise, the LG G Flex 2 is pretty high-end, sporting a 13 MP camera on the rear complete with Optical Image Stabilization+ and laser autofocus, as seen on the LG G3. On the front, we’ve a 2.1 MP selfie shooter, which isn’t too impressive but it will do the job of taking decent selfies. According to LG, the camera and camera software have been improved and feature faster response times, which should be a great little upgrade compared to the original LG G Flex 2.
The Sony Xperia Z4 will probably come with Android 5.0.1 or even 5.0.2 out of the box, so it won’t stay behind current and future flagship launches, Sony isn’t much for adding its own software features, but we are sure to see a few of them anyhow. The camera on the rear will measure 20.7 MP and will be complete with optical image stabilization if all goes well enough. The front shooter should end up being a 5 MP camera, which should be more than enough for the occasional selfie.
Price and availability
Even though the LG G Flex 2 was announced yesterday at CES 2015, that doesn’t mean it will become immediately available for purchase. Alas, it shouldn’t take long until we see the handset in stores. According to the South Korean company, the LG G Flex 2 release date is set for the end of the month in South Korea, only to arrive sometime in February to the U.S. and Europe. The company didn’t reveal any price for the device, but we suppose that it won’t be the cheapest in the lot. Since it has an upgraded design and chassis and innovative flexible screen, we expect to cost at least $800 unlocked, but we might be surprised.
Our most likely release date for the Sony Xperia Z4 is March at the MWC 2015 conference, alongside other devices in the Z4 line-up like the Z4 Compact, Tablet and Ultra. Since Sony isn’t know for their competitive prices, we expect the Xperia Z4 to come close to the price of the LG G Flex 2 and other upcoming flagships like the LG G4, Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 Hima. That means that one might have to save up a bit to get their hands on the flagship, which will probably go over the $700 price mark.
Conclusions and spec comparison
Since neither of these flagships has been tested to see how it fares in real-live usage, we can’t say definitively which will end up being the crowd favorite. Nonetheless, the LG G Flex 2 with its flexible design and self-healing coating, should become a great niche-device which is endowed with massive processing power. Since LG omitted the QHD panel but still put a pretty beefy battery into the handset, we would be as bold enough as to say that it will eventually have a great battery life that might hit the 2 day mark. The Xperia Z4 is even more uncertain, since we don’t even have official confirmation on these specs. Regardless, we do think that the Xperia Z4 will have astounding battery life, at least on the Full HD model, since its predecessor, the Xperia Z3 is one of the best flagships in terms of battery life, hitting the 2 day mark without an issue. We expect no less of the Z4.