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LG Wine Smart flips back the clock

LG Wine Smart flips back the c...
LG's latest flip phone was originally announced for Korea only, but it's now been confirmed for roll out into more territories later this month
LG's latest flip phone was originally announced for Korea only, but it's now been confirmed for roll out into more territories later this month
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The LG Wine Smart is powered by an unspecified 1.1 GHz quad core chip with a single gigabyte of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD)
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The LG Wine Smart is powered by an unspecified 1.1 GHz quad core chip with a single gigabyte of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD)
LG's latest flip phone was originally announced for Korea only, but it's now been confirmed for roll out into more territories later this month
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LG's latest flip phone was originally announced for Korea only, but it's now been confirmed for roll out into more territories later this month

There was a time, not so long ago, when flip phones were all the rage. But since the rise of the smartphone they've fallen further and further out of fashion. Well, not everyone believes that the clamshell has breathed its last – step in the LG Wine Smart.

Of course, this isn't quite the flip phone you may remember. LG calls the Wine Smart a hybrid device, which basically means it's a smartphone in disguise. The display on the upper section is a touchscreen, and it's actually running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop here, so the software is right up to date.

But how do the internals hold up to the modern smartphone competition? Well, the handset's powered by an unspecified 1.1 GHz quad core chip with a single gigabyte of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD).

The LG Wine Smart is powered by an unspecified 1.1 GHz quad core chip with a single gigabyte of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD)
The LG Wine Smart is powered by an unspecified 1.1 GHz quad core chip with a single gigabyte of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD)

Things don't brighten up much when it comes to optics. There's a 3 MP shooter around the back and a diminutive VGA offering up front. That touchscreen we mentioned earlier? It's a 3.2-inch 480 x 320 panel, so you might have to squint if you're used to more conventional smartphones.

That said, we're sure some people will enjoy the nostalgia of flipping open their phone to see who's calling. Given that this device is running genuinely up-to-date software, it's also sure to be a much better experience than those people might remember from clamshells of old.

The Wine Smart was originally announced for Korea only, but LG has now confirmed that it'll be rolled out into more territories later this month, including select European countries and Japan. There's no confirmation of a US release just yet, and individual carriers are set to announce pricing information closer to launch.

Source: LG

3 comments
StWils
Of course, the default tone must be the classic Star Trek " Chrt Chrt Chrt", nothing else will do.
KeithPatrâk
Well as it happens I have become so bored with the chocolate bar form of smartphone, that I have given my LG G3 to my wife and have just purchased a TTsims W58 flip phone that has a touch screen on the upper part that runs Android 4.2.2 and it has a 5mp camera on the back a a 0.3 mp camera front facing. The W58 flip phone is the best of both, a bit classic and retro with a modern inside and perfectly adequate for my needs.