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LG is going old school with a new flip phone

Can someone fetch us a calendar? We're struggling to recall what year this is.

The cause of our temporary befuddlement - LG's Wine Smart handset: a phone whose unorthodox name is matched only by its design. 

Announced in July as a South Korea-only model named 'Gentle', LG has now revealed that this clamshell smartphone will be coming to the UK. 

Designed for "a generation of users who are more accustomed to the feel of flip" (read: anyone born the far side of 1992), the Wine Smart runs a modern Android operating system, with a 3.2-inch touch screen partnered by the long-forgotten button keypad of older handsets. It won't compete with the likes of a Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6 - but it's not trying to. The 1GB RAM and 4GB internal memory will be more than enough for anyone wanting a "phone that's just a phone". It'll certainly get more attention when you pull this out at the pub.

Pricing and release dates are yet to be announced, but you can expect it to arrive before Christmas.

Until then, you'll have to dig out your old Motorola Razr for some flip-based memories.