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LG has a new smart flip phone

LG has a new smart flip phone
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Do you ever miss your old flip phone circa 2003? Ten years ago, the best cellphones on the market folded into compact, pocket-sized little clamshells. Now, it's all about screen size and processor power. But flip phones could be poised to make a comeback.

The LG Gentle is equipped with a 3.2-inch touch screen, LTE and Wi-Fi compatibility and a whopping 4 gigabytes of internal storage. If you wanted a tad bit more storage, you have the option of inserting a memory card, which practically no other flip phone has.

The Gentle is the world's first "smart" flip phone, and it's actually quite impressive.

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"It runs the Android Lollipop operating system, so it has the ability to download apps, browse the Web and do anything a typical smartphone can do," Anthony Burkhardt, an LG Product Specialist, said Thursday.

But don't get your hopes set too high on going out and snagging a "smart" flip phone here in the United States. The Gentle is only expected to roll out in South Korea according to Burkhardt and other LG announcements.

"I think it has more to do with [the fact that] over 60% of American adults currently own a smartphone ... So the market is very small to appeal to customers who still are using flip phones," Burkhardt explained.

The majority of the people who live in the U.S. have no real purpose for a flip phone; they already have smartphones, tablets and other advanced electronics. Trying to sell a flip phone here would be like trying to sell the original, huge Mac computer to someone with a MacBook Pro.

What do you think about this "smart" flip phone? Would you like to see it arrive in the United States or do you agree that there's not much of a market for it here?

Tell me by leaving a note in the comments section below.

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