Wine Smart is LG’s Android flip phone because 2005 styling is the new cool

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Remember those days when you had flip phones? LG wants to bring them back not in a new way but by building on its own Wine lineup of flip phones. They are adding a “Smart” model to the Wine lineup that will run on Android and will fondly remind us of a route Samsung took not long ago with the Galaxy Golden.

The Wine Smart ((LG-F480) is meant for the elderly (clearly, who else would be this nostalgic as to want a flip phone?) as there’s an equivalent of panic button functionality on the device that is mimicked by “Safe Keeper”, a feature that will alert people selected by the user of the device if it goes unused for a set period. It also has a dedicated key for social app Kakao Talk which is quite popular in the market where the device is launching, Korea.

Of course a device of this nature won’t have any of the specifications that will make the usual Android device lover drool but they are enough to impress the intended market. A 3.5 inch (480×320) LCD panel will make up the display while an 8 megapixel camera is all they’ll (users) have for taking snaps alongside a VGA cam for selfies and video calls. 1 GB of RAM, a quad-core 1.2 GHz chip, 4 GB internal memory and a 1700 mAh battery sums up the notable specs on the device. LTE, Wi-FI, Bluetooth, a microUSB port and FM radio are the others. Oh, and it runs Android KitKat.

It will be available in black and white starting next week (the 26th) in Korea and there’s word that it could eventually show up in some markets though I wouldn’t count on that a lot.

 

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