LG announced, a couple of weeks ago, the comeback of flip-phones to regions outside of Asia, with the planned release in France, Italy, Poland, Spain, Kazakhstan, Japan and the United Kingdom. The new device, Gentle, runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and has a clam-shell configuration. These kind of phones are still very popular in Asian markets, but have almost but disappeared in the rest of the world. For international release, this will be branded as LG Wine Smart (which, unfortunately, has nothing wine related about it).
The phone features a quad-core 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 CPU, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory, microSD slot, 3MP camera at the back, front VGA shooter, a 3.2-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 320 and a 1,700mAh battery, plus, Android 5.1. Lollipop out of the box. It’s said to have LTE connectivity, but the specific bands supported weren’t mentioned.
The price for this new handset wasn’t announced, but with the Gentle retailing for the equivalent of 170$ in South Korea, we can expect the Wine Smart to target the sub 200$ market. LG designed this as for “a generation of users who are more accustomed to the feel of flip phones”, are you one of them?