Let’s be honest, some of the most “unique” smartphones never seem to make their way to the United States, or even Europe for that matter. Instead they end up being exclusive to Korea, Japan and other Asian markets.
Sometimes we envy these devices and hope to see them roll out globally, other times we just scratch our heads wondering what’s the point (looking at you, smart flip-phones). LG’s latest smartphone arguably leans towards the latter of these sentiments, depending on who you ask.
At first glance the LG AKA doesn’t appear to be much different from your typical low-to-midrange device with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD, a 5-inch 720×1280 display, LTE, NFC, an 8MP rear cam with laser auto focus, a 2MP front cam, a 2610 mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. What makes it stand out as different then? The AKA has eyes.
That’s right, the AKA offers four unique cases that transform it into different characters: Eggy (yellow), Wookie (white), Soul (blue) and YoYo (pink). The cases partially cover the front, leaving just enough room for the phone to display eyes, as well as more useful things like notifications and battery status. As you may have guessed, the AKA is aimed at younger audiences and while it’s kind of cool, there’s something a bit unnerving about having a phone that possesses eyes.
The LG AKA is offered (starting today) through three different carriers in South Korea for a price of 500,000 Korean Won (roughly $460), though there are currently no plans to bring the device to other markets outside of LG’s home country. What do you think of the AKA, could you see the device being popular among younger audiences?