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LG flips up a new clam-shell Android phone, the LG Wine Smart

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LG flips up a new clam-shell Android phone, the LG Wine Smart
It might be 2014, but there still is a vital community of flip-phone enthusiasts in South Korea. Both Samsung and LG like to address it with new smartphones once or twice a year, which, amusingly, turns them into the last big flip-phone makers standing. LG's latest clam-shell accomplishment is the LG Wine Smart, an Android-powered beauty we'd totally lust after if it was 2004 or so. 

Its classy and wholesomely big-buttoned design might be a thing of the past, and the 3.5-inch HVGA (320x480) display is basically a relic. But its internals represent today's mid-range - a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of internal space run the house, while an 8-megapixel main cam and a 0.3MP front cam work in the photography department. The 1700mAh battery should be good enough for this fella.

Thanks to its up-to-date spec sheet, the LG Wine Smart has LTE Cat. 4, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and has no qualms with Android 4.4 KitKat - styled with the LG G3's brand-new interface at that. It also features a South Korean exotic - T-DMB technology for digital TV, radio, and datacasting.

The LG Wine Smart will launch on September 26 in its homeland, at an affordable price. It will be available in Black and White.

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posted on 22 Sep 2014, 05:06 1

1. Tritinum (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 May 2014)


posted on 22 Sep 2014, 05:09 3

2. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

Dare to be different.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 11:19

17. aksa123 (Posts: 341; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

I think it's cute. Finally, a candybar smartphone !!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 22:01

24. domfonusr (Posts: 519; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)

I would totally go for one of these, if they sold them in the US for North American networks. I always did like flip phones... my Nokia N75 was one of my all-time favorites. Of course, that ran Symbian, but still... a smart flip phone, even running Android, just seems like a fantastic idea to me. Too bad these will never come to the US, since almost no one other than me would seem to want one.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 05:12 2

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

Even this sucker has 4.4.4 kit Kat on it and for some reason my optimus f6 is on jelly bean :( .,.....but on another note.....will it be touch screen or nah?

One more thing clam shell would be a perfect name for this lmaooo.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 05:22

4. refillable (Posts: 1070; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

Lol, this may be an interesting concept... But it is definitely not what we are looking for.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 06:22

5. a961009 (Posts: 120; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)

LG Wine series are mostly for old people who can't see small letters well and wants simple things. That is the reason why the form factor is folder and the buttons and the ui are big. Moreover, since kakaotalk is like a message in South Korea, They specially make kakaotalk button to access it easily.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 06:24

6. Noonting (Posts: 133; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)

galaxy golden is way better

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 06:51

7. Fuego84 (Posts: 352; Member since: 13 May 2012)

LG in the Twilight Zone, woke up in the past (clam shell design) with memories of the future (android and specs)

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:04

8. user996 (Posts: 221; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

if it had second screen on the back that would be awesome

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:27

9. ryq24 (Posts: 771; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

No external screen?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:27

10. uchihakurtz (Posts: 402; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

I think for flip phones with android or other smartphone OS, the Nokia 6260's form factor would be suitable.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:27 3

11. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

You want to be cool? Buy a flip phone

Be the cool you want to see in the world

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 08:17 1

13. luis.d (Posts: 354; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)

Amen, brother!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:32

12. kindlefireowner (Posts: 503; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

I love it. But would have put a 20 key suretype keyboard on it and a better screen. I'm tired of seeing the same cookie cutter smartphones. There is no Next Big Thing left in this smartphone world?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 20:43

23. kevin91202 (Posts: 599; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)

Why do you need a 20 key suretype?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 08:39 1

14. Darkerm (Posts: 319; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

ummm... it's a touch screen, right?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:04

15. warrenellis93 (Posts: 235; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)

seriously, i would buy that for my parents who are in their 60's because i upgraded them to an android from a flip phone and i think my dad would prefer having physical buttons again

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 12:44

18. andynaija (Posts: 968; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

Exactly like my parents, except my dad doesn't want any type of touchscreen phone unless it has a cover on it, but if this one is a touchscreen it would be great for him.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 17:17

22. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 433; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)

My 60 year old dad loves his Iphone 5s, lol. My 32 year old sister loves her old ass flip phone.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:42

16. nathan.carter (Posts: 416; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)

older men and women in the us would love this phone. An awesome smartphone for the aging crowd. heck i'd buy one if iwas bout 70. lol

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 14:27

19. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2085; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

I'm going to have so much fun when all you little whippersnappers hit 50 and start moaning about small fonts and no buttons. If I'm still around, that is.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 17:15

20. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 433; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)

I guess being old doesn't automatically make you wise. Why would people who are used to touch screens decide they want buttons? The only reason you do is because thats what you are used to from the 80's and 90's. As far as small font, what do you think pinch to zoom is for? Old people get stuck in their ways and then die off and new old people are born who become equally stuck in their ways.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 17:16

21. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

Nice. But I'd rather take Samsung Hennessy, Galaxy Golden, or Galaxy Folder over this anyday.

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