LG released its flagship smartphone, the G4, in April 2015. The response to the handset has been rather lackluster and it clearly showed in the quarterly results of the company. However, LG is now concentrating on the mid-range segment. Sleek body and big display-clad smartphones aside, flip phones (or clamshells) are reportedly making a comeback. The new “LG Wine Smart,” which is the Android flip phone sold in Korea as “LG Gentle,” will apparently be making an international debut.
Initial reports stated that the LG Wine Smart or LG Gentle would be exclusive to home country Korea. The South Korean tech giant has changed the plan and hence, this flip phone will be released in selected international markets. This includes France, Italy, Poland, Spain, Kazakhstan, Japan and the UK, according to GSM Arena.
There is no difference in the configuration between the Korean version and the international LG Wine Smart. This flip phone runs on the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS, straight out of the box.
The handset comes with a 3.2-inch IPS LCD display, packed with HVGA (320 x 480 pixels) screen resolution. The device comes powered by a quad-core processor, clocked at 1.1 GHz and backed by 1 GB of RAM configuration.
However, the native storage space is a pain point as the LG Wine Smart comes equipped with only 4 GB of native memory. But there is a microSD card slot for further expansion. The device sports a modest 3.15 MP rear-facing camera.
Meanwhile, the LG Wine Smart measures 117.7 x 58.7 x 16.6 mm and weighs 143 g. Apart from the standard connectivity options, the handset also supports 4G LTE. Furthermore, the entire configuration is held together and powered by a Li-Ion 1,700 mAh battery unit. This retro handset can be had in cool navy and burgundy colors.