Smartphones get bigger, trouser pockets do not. Unless we want to have to constantly explain that, no it really is just a phablet in our front pocket, phones are either going to have to get smaller again (which isn't going to happen anytime soon) or they're going to need a drastic redesign. Which makes the prospect of LG's newly-announced Z curved smartphone so appealing.
The LG Z will be the first from the company to feature a flexible display, and could land as soon as the end of this month in the company's home territory of Korea. Though it won't be bendable (a fixed shell puts a stop to hopes for a roll-up phone), it will allow for a gentle curve, which should make it slip more naturally alongside the contours of your thigh, as well as making it more comfortable to hold when playing gaming apps. Think of it like a miniature version of LG's curvy OLED TVs.
Under the hood, the high-end device looks set to take its cues from LG's flagship G2, squeezing in the same 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. As for what the damn thing looks like, it's anyone's guess. Our resident Photoshop guru came up with the very convincing artist's impression above. [ZDNet Korea]