Still remember clamshell flip phones? They were very popular and considered stylish some time ago, present almost everywhere on the street and TV, but unexpectedly they faded into obscurity. And just right now LG along with introducing its new Android smartphone called the Wine Smart tries to save the clamshell flip phones from extinction. But does it have any chances to regain the former popularity? Let’s see what the phone offers to us except its clamshell form factor.
LG Wine Smart Android Flip Smartphone
Obviously, the LG launch of a flip smartphone isn’t a new groundbreaking idea, Samsung introduces one or even two such devices a year, all of them available exclusively on the Asian market, however it’s the first LG’s clamshell handset since 2007.
Moving on the Wine Smart’s tech parameters, we can notice that it definitely isn’t the most exciting and sophisticated package of specs. The smartphone houses a 3.5-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 480×320. The display isn’t only low but it also stands alone, in comparison the Samsung’s equivalents of the phone feature dual-screen function. The LG Wine Smart houses a 1.2GHz processor paired with 1GB RAM and 4GB of built-in storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD cards.
Speaking of the Wine Smart’s optics, the phone is equipped with two cameras an 8 megapixel main shooter is accompanied by the VGA 0.3-megapixel front-facing one, so forget about acceptable selfies. The device is powered by a 1,700 mAh battery. In terms of software, the phone is said to run Android 4.4 Kitkat. Even if the specs aren’t outstanding, they should be high enough to provide a decent experience that other smartphones carrying this form factor don’t often provide.
On the other hand, we shouldn’t except to much from a smartphone designed to meet the needs of elderly users. The phones have several features that may be found handy by senior users just like for example the traditional physical keyboard or the “Safe Keeper” function that sends out an emergency notification embracing all necessary information like the phone’s location to the chosen numbers when the phone isn’t used for a longer period of time, indicating that something may not be right with its user.
The Wine Smart is reported to hit the market this Friday. It will be available in two traditional color options: black and white at allegedly “budget-friendly price”, but everything suggests that we shouldn’t expect it to spread beyond the South Korean territory soon. Additionally, LG says that the company won’t resign from designing and releasing phones in the Wine line.