LG’s Aka phones are basically smartphone/Tamagotchi hybrids

LG has announced a new line of smartphones called ‘Aka’ phones. These aren’t just your average everyday smartphones though, these are smartphones that come with their on interchangeable personalities thanks to smart-chip enabled sleeves. Basically its a Tamagotchi for the smartphone generation.

There are four to choose from, Eggy (yellow) who falls in love easily, Soul (dark blue) who loves music and beer, Wooky (white) is basically a teenager who only speaks in slang, and Yoyo, the only female Aka, who apparently eats nothing but soft drinks and burgers that makes her weight ‘yo-yo’. She also happens to be pink. Great.

I think it would be fairly difficult to make a more offensive female character if LG had been doing it on purpose.

You can have some limited interaction with your phone by waving at the front-facing camera, and whichever Aka character you pick will influence your phones user interface. You can also buy your Aka rewards in the form of accessories, as well as connecting with your friends who also have Aka phones.

The hardware is fairly mid-range with a 1.2GHz processor, a 5-inch HD display, an 8MP camera, a 2.1MP front-facing camera, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, and it runs on Android KitKat.

So far they’re only available in South Korea, but who knows maybe they’ll head over to Europe and the US at somepoint in the near future.

Tom Pritchard