We’re not exactly sure why the clam-shell form factor didn’t make it into the modern times. There was a certain charm associated with just popping open your cellphone to receive a call, or closing it to automatically end the call. That’s not exactly the greatest innovation of all time, but the flip action was definitely cool. And it seems Samsung might just agree with us as well, with a report indicating that the company is making a clam-shell version of its Galaxy smartphones, called the Galaxy Folder.
The size of the display hasn’t been specified, but Samsung Galaxy Folder claimed to be running on the old WVGA 800×480 pixel resolution. Below the screen there’s going to be a traditional alpha-numeric keypad(remember those?), and a set of call, end and clear keys. The device will be running Android 4.2.2 JellyBean with Samsung’s TouchWiz UX on top. Nothing is clear about the internal hardware of the device, but it’s rumored to be powered by a Snapdragon S4 processor. Samsung Galaxy Folder is reportedly set to launch for the Korean and Chinese market, so it will support LTE connectivity as well.
If the pricing is right, Samsung could help find this device a niche. But if their previous Android clamshell phone is any hint, that’s not going to be the case. The previous Android flip-phone by Samsung was called the W2013, and it had a price tag of a ridiculous 3000 dollars. But we’re confident that Samsung will target it at the mainstream market, after all they have been making some weird hybrid devices for their Galaxy line like the Galaxy S4 Zoom and the Galaxy Camera. Keeping that in perspective, the news of a Galaxy flip-phone doesn’t surprise us too much.