LG's new Wine Smart is an Android Lollipop flip phone made for international markets

LG's new Wine Smart is an Android Lollipop flip phone made for international markets
LG today announced that it's going to release an Android-based flip phone (aka clamshell) in various markets around the world. Called Wine Smart, the handset is a rebranded LG Gentle - a device that LG introduced last month in its home country.

We all know that the golden days of flip phones are long gone, so why is LG bothering to launch such a device around the world? Well, the company says that the Wine Smart is simply a handset for nostalgic users: those "who are more accustomed to the feel of flip phones."

Running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, the LG Wine Smart is powered by a quad-core 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 processor, and offers a small 3.2-inch display with just 320 x 420 pixels, alongside a traditional numeric keypad with four hotkeys. The smartphone further features a 3 MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of expandable storage space, and a 1700 mAh battery. Surprisingly, it's also got LTE connectivity.

According to LG, the Wine Smart will make its international debut later in August. The first countries to get the phone will be the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Kazakhstan, and Japan. Right now, we don't know if the device will be available in North America.

Interestingly, this new handset has exactly the same name as an Android flip phone that LG launched last year in Korea. The price of the LG Wine Smart hasn't been announced, but we know that, in South Korea, the LG Gentle is sold for around $170. Would you buy the handset for that kind of money?


source: LG

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19 Comments

1. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Ewwww

2. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

If it was aluminum instead of plastic with a slightly better processor (400 range) and a 720 screen, and reasonable cameras (5 megapixel back, 2 megapixel front) with a qwerty keyboard instead of just numeric (all of which is very doable), they'd really have an intriguing product on their hands. In its current form, however, it's kind of a stinker.

12. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

QWERTY physical keyboard instead of numeric buttons? Just imagine how small those buttons would be! (27 alphabets + 3 android buttons (call/end) + 1 switch function) + 4 direction button or circular button + 1 delete button + .......

3. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Can we haz a highend-Nokia 6260-like Android flip phone?

4. bking

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 30, 2013

Resluotion should be atleast 540 x 960 with 3.7 with slider mechanisim would awesome.camera should be 5 MP back 2 MP with Qwerty Kepad.

5. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Can it do a back flip though?

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Isnt the Samsung one better?

8. Carlitos

Posts: 673; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Lol yea samsung magically fits high end specs into their flip phones

15. AndyYan

Posts: 84; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Sure. The Chinese W201x and G9x98 have awesome specs for their respective times. Their system upgrades are a total disaster though.

14. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

No. Samsung makes hot trash these days...

7. Hyde_Yamato

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

at least they make it world wide....

9. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Flip phone are ideal for elderly people.

10. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Who will want such rubbish spec phone.

11. tonyv13

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

This one is for old people who don't text ,but get image txts of their grand kids or even for skipe video calls

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This is for people with manners who actually TALK to other people. No wonder you young kids can't get laid, you don't know how to rap with the females.

13. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

It's still cool, so eff off, nerds....

16. V1nC3

Posts: 109; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Battery life should be nice :)

17. ChenHui88

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

It's perfect for my mom's birthday present. Bring it to South East Asia, LG!

19. Fleck16

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Every website I've been to so far has listed August 2015 as the international release date for the Wine Smart. It's now September and still no word on it's release. I'm in the UK and would really like this phone. Is it still being released internationally or what?

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