News by Luke Jones on Monday September 22, 2014.
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Old feature phone design with a splash of smartphone functionality, not a combination you see a lot of these days, but LG has a new flip phone on the market that fits the bill. Yes, the good old flip phone is back and has never really been away because of Samsung, but now LG is joining the party with the Wine Smart.So, is this just a case of LG making something because Samsung has a similar product with devices like W789 Hennessy? Maybe, and there certainly seems to be little reason for this handset, or at least there is no massive market demand for it. However, in Japan this form factor is still liked and a modern version of the flip phone will likely find a consumer base in the Land of the Rising Sun. The same can be said for LG's homeland in Korea, so expect this to be an exclusive to that region. So a handset that looks like it came from 2005, and it seems LG took the screen from that era too as it is a 3.5-inch HVGA (320x480) panel, although it is touchscreen. On the inside the handset boasts some solid low end specs such as a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. Elsewhere there is an 8 megapixel rear camera and 0.3 megapixel front facers, while there is an ample 1700mAh battery powering things. It also gets a microSD card slot, which is good as expanding that 4GB storage will be necessary. In terms of connections, the LG Wine Smart LTE Cat. 4, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, while the device has Android 4.4.4 KitKat running the show. LG has said that the device will arrive in Korea on September 26th and the company says that it will be available at an affordable price. We don?t expect to see this one outside of Southeast Asia.
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