Flip phones were once the embodiment of technological advancement in the mobile phone space. Flip phones also came in handy when having heated arguments on the phone, closing the device with a forceful snap, which in turn ended the call, added to the drama of the whole situation, which came in handy if you were in front of your friends or potential business partners and needed to emphasise the gravity of the whole situation.
Then came along smart phones with their touch screen displays, emphasis on bezels, aluminium bodies and outrageous camera pixel counts, bleurgh. LG wants to give you the flip phone back (if you live in Korea) but with a twist. It’s a flip phone, but with all the things we consider normal today, like an 8 MP camera and a touchscreen.
LG Electronics has introduced the LG Wine Smart Flip Phone, and as mentioned above, it comes with a 320×480 (HVGA) 3.5-inch IPS touchscreen, 1GB RAM, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 4GB of inbuilt storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, a 0.3-megapixel front camera and a 1,700 mAh removable battery. Yes, connectivity features which we claim to be vital today such as LTE and WiFi are included.
The LG Wine Smart Flip phone will launch on September 26 in Korea and is aimed at the elderly. It should also be noted that Samsung did also launch a clamshell device a year ago. It wasn’t aimed at the elderly though.