LG is no stranger to offering unique mobile hardware. Just recently the Life’s Good crew has released the LG G2 with rear-mounted power and volume buttons, as well as the LG G Flex and its 6-inch curved display. However, LG may have outdone itself with its latest smartphone.
The LG AKA (Google Translate) — aka “Your Own” — smartphone is available in four colors, each of which comes with its own name and personality. The yellow model is known as Eggy and apparently he “falls in love easily.” The white character, named Wooky, speaks in slang and the navy blue character is known as Soul and loves music and beer. Finally, YoYo is the pink model and is named as such because its love for Coca-Cola and hamburgers causes its weight to yo-yo.
So what’s up with those eyes? The LG AKA phones come with sleeves that cover up three-quarters of the device. The phone then gains digital eyes that appear and change expression when you wave your hand over the front-facing camera. You’ll also be able to change your phone’s cover for one of a different color that also contains a different identity that’s included on a chip inside the cover.
Once you’re all set up, you can interact with these AKA phone characters. For example, you’ll be able to take a selfie with the character and then add that photo to its Instagram page.
When it comes to straight up specs, the LG AKA features a 5-inch 1280x720 IPS display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 8-megapixel Laser Auto Focus camera and 2.1-megapixel front-facing shooter. It’s also got 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 1.5GB of RAM, 4G LTE and a 2610mAh removable battery.
Obviously the LG AKA isn’t going to compete in a spec battle with the LG G3. That’s not really the point of the AKA, though. With its personalities, covers and eyes, the LG AKA devices are meant for folks that want a fun smartphone that’s a bit more interactive that your typical handset.