Many of our favorite smartphones come from minds scattered across the Asian continent, from Xiaomi to Samsung. We hear Xiaomi constantly doing its flash-sales of its limited-stock devices, and we hear of Samsung making bold moves in device design and the like, but what of the middle-range companies, the companies like LG? Well, we have something about LG that will definitely make them pop to mind this week for you. Know how popular flip phones, the clamshell form factor, was back before smartphones became flat and perpetually open? LG does, and it’s hoping you do too with its latest ‘smartphone’, the Ice Cream Smart.
The Ice Cream Smart is a powerful flip phone that packs mid- to low-range specifications into its traditional and functional body. This device, unlike Samsung’s various flip smartphones, doesn’t have an outer display, and goes for a colorful outer body instead. The phone, being so radically different than most of its products, is currently and likely to remain a South Korea-only device, offering it to the native fans (since LG is the smaller-name company from South Korea, often overshadowed by Samsung and its international antics).
But what spec does the Ice Smart, what it’s called for short, pack inside, to make it so unique? It’s got a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, which could very well be a Snapdragon 400 family processor, though it is unnamed by LG in the release, a 3.5-inch 320 by 480 pixel display inside, which utilizes LCD technology as usual, a 1,700 mAh battery which is user-removable, and a Micro SD card slot as well. It’s also got a single gigabyte of RAM and 8 gigabytes of internal storage (so you’ll likely need that SD card slot), an 8 megapixel camera on the outside and a little VGA one inside for flip phone video calls (never thought I’d get to say that…), and Android 4.4 KitKat, which is a pleasant surprise.
This phone, though likely to remain contained within South Korea and its residents’ pockets and purses, is still a great product to fit a niche of folks that need smartphone features but dislike the form factor, the mindset, or just want to stay on a flip phone. It’s going to reportedly cost around $275 USD when launched. Do you think that these devices are made specifically for the Asian markets these companies hail from, or are these companies actually expecting them to succeed en masse? If this style of phone, the smart flip phone, came to other countries, do you think it would succeed like it’s expected to in the current launch markets? Let us know down below.