Sep 22 AT 12:15 PM Alex Wagner 5 Comments

LG Wine Smart crams Android 4.4, 3.5-inch screen and 1.2GHz quad-core processor into flip phone form factor


LG is no stranger to unique smartphone features, releasing products like the LG G Flex and its curved display and the LG G2 with its rear-mounted buttons. Today LG continued that trend of interesting products with the debut of the Wine Smart.

The LG Wine Smart is a flip phone that runs Android 4.4 on a 3.5-inch 480×320 display. The bottom half of the unit features a combination of a traditional flip phone button layout and some Android navigation keys, including Back and Home buttons.

LG says that the Wine Smart is targeted at elderly wireless users. The phone features a high-powered rear speaker and the ability to send out its location information if the device goes unused for an extended period of time.

When it comes to its “regular” smartphone features, the LG Wine Smart offers an 8-megapixel rear camera and VGA front-facing shooter, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a microSD card slot. It’s also got 4G LTE connectivity, FM radio and a removable 1700mAh battery.

LG is certainly not the first company to offer an Android-powered flip phone, but such devices are still uncommon. While the Wine Smart likely won’t appeal to a power user, I could see it being good for someone that prefers the tried and true flip phone form factor, especially if they’ve been using those dumb phones for any length of time.

Source: LG

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  • BlazeHN

    Interesting retro style, I always loved flip phones, when candybard were getting more popular I didnt liked them, I always said “and the whole screen is unprotected all the time just like that?” xD

  • charlie88

    The elderly like to drink wine? Just trying to decipher the naming a bit.

  • Not Sean

    I makes me reminisce about my Palm flip phone. Samsung i500 !
    I could see this serving many people’s needs. There are plenty of users who don’t spend time on sites like this, who would love it.

  • a linux dude

    If only we could violate the laws of physics and have an origami phone that shrunk into a flip phone for normal use and then blew up into a phablet when you needed that. Sigh…

    I’ve always loved flips and I still use my old V3xx as my family phone, but I use my Galaxy Note 2 way too much to give up on smartphones.

  • dan

    Needs a flash. Then perfect (would double as a night time torch)