We’re all for consumer choice. And for that, the world has Samsung to thank for giving consumers what they want – choice. From the smallest to the largest, fastest smartphones; to notebooks and cameras; to fridges and vacuum cleaners. And so, the consumer electronics giant, also the world’s largest smartphone vendor decides to expand its ever-growing device portfolio into… wait for it… flip-phones. *cues 90s music.
The year is 1997. Oh wait, sorry. It’s 2013. And no, it’s not a time capsule. Samsung seems to think that the flip-phone is a good idea and an idea worth pursuing. Targeted at the Chinese market, that obviously has different tastes (or none), the ‘modern day’ flip-phone first debuted with the oddly-named Samsung Hennessy (W789) in August – a 3.3-inch flip-phone with a 1.2Ghz quad-core CPU, running Android 4.1 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Later, Samsung released the GALAXY Golden (SCH-W999), the first flip-phone in the GALAXY family, sporting dual- 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screens, 1.7Ghz dual-core processor, an 8MP camera and running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The retro phone also includes a pedometer that works alongside Samsung’s S Health app, a business card recognition app and an FM radio.
Fast forward to today, there seems no stopping the Korean tech giant. Leaked from China’s Tenaa certification body is a new model flip-phone with product code SM-W2014, the most advanced, backward-looking smartphone ever featuring the latest Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, dual 3.67-inch (800×480) Super AMOLED displays. The phone also packs a 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Don’t get overly excited you retro freaks, this again, is China-bound.
What we find slightly disturbing while reading comments to the original post on Engadget is that, many actually do like the phone. To each his own I guess. What next? Curved phones?
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