LG really has a knack for releasing a rather odd devices from time to time. The other day LG announced the weirdest smartphone I’ve ever seen, LG AKA. This smartphone, 4 of them actually, actually expresses emotion via the screen on the upper side of the device, not to mention it actually has a personality. It’s kind of difficult to explain, but if you’d like to check it out you can do that here, trust me, you won’t be disappointed and might even laugh for a bit. Back in September, LG announced something far less weird, but something we don’t see that often. LG Wine is a smart clamshell flip phone which LG launched on September 26th in Korea. LG has just confirmed that this handset is on its way to Taiwan, it will launch there on November 18th and all 4 Taiwan’s major carriers will offer this smartphone as part of their lineup and their 4G plans along with the phone.
LG Wine features a 3.5-inch HVGA (320 x 480) display and comes with 1GB of RAM for your multitasking needs and 4GB of internal storage (expandable via MicroSD card). This handset is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, LG didn’t mention which one, but I guess it’s Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 / 410 chip we’re talking about here which comes with an Adreno 305 / 306 GPU for graphics processing. On the back of LG Wine you’ll find an 8-megapixel main camera with LED flash while there’s a VGA shooter available on the front of the device. Android 4.4 KitKat comes pre-installed on this handset and this device comes with a 1,700mAh battery which is removable. As I already mentioned, this is a 4G LTE capable handset and comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS, of course. LG Wine is 16.9mm thick and weighs 140.8 grams. This handset also comes equipped with Kakao Talk Messenger out of the box.
I really doubt this handset would sell that well anywhere outside of China. I haven’t seen a smart flip phone for a long time now and really don’t know anyone who would use it, but I guess they have a significant demand for that sort of a handset in Asia, which explains why Samsung and LG release one from time to time.