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LG's nifty self-healing smartphone

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The LG G Flex has some pretty neat features. Not only does the Android smartphone have a curved screen (yes, apparently there are some benefits to this design other than just being different), but it's flexible and less breakable. But the most fascinating part: scratches on back surface heal themselves. 

Take a look:

 

Honestly, scratches on the back of my phone aren't my biggest worry. I'd rather have a screen that doesn't break and a phone that doesn't die when it gets wet (maybe this could help). But there's no denying that seeing scratches quickly disappear is amazing.

How does it work? As CNET points out, the self-healing surface is "derived from paint finishes in the automotive industry. Hydrogen in the finish is involved in the surface expanding over time after being scratched, sealing up any damage."

If you live outside of South Korea you'll have to wait to get your hands on this phone. It won't be available in the U.S. until sometime next year

(hat tip: VentureBeat)

— By on November 21, 2013, 2:14 PM PST

Tyler Falk

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Tyler Falk freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was with Smart Growth America and Grist. He holds a degree from Goshen College. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure