Flip phones aren’t dead. Not if you’re LG at least. The company on Monday announced its LG Wine Smart, a flip phone that’s powered by Android that will only be sold in select markets. It’s the first Wine-branded smartphone LG has launched in six years and is targeted at the elderly who might otherwise not be ready to adapt to larger touchscreen devices.
The Wine Smart launches with Kakao Talk pre-installed – Kakao is a multiplatform text messaging app if you’re unfamiliar – and offers a relatively basic feature set including a 3.5-inch LCD display with a 480 x 320-pixel resolution, support for LTE networks, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, a VGA front-facing camera, a 1,700mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of expandable local storage (up to a 32GB microSD card) an FM radio and more. It also runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.
With a focus on the elderly, the Wine Smart offers a unique feature for emergency alerts and a “safe keeper option” that alerts an emergency contact if the user falls or if the phone goes unused for too long. LG didn’t announce pricing, a release date or where the Wine Smart will be sold but we think it’s unlikely the phone will launch in the United States.