Jul 16th, 2013

Whenever you think of a flip phone, you think back to the old dumbphones of yesteryear. Even if you’re still living in the age of dumbphones, it’s hard to find something of the sort these days — it’s either a slider phone or a candybar phone of some sort. What if I were to tell you Samsung could be attempting to bring the classic form factor back with modern features?

New rumors are swirling around regarding a device called the Samsung Galaxy Folder, an Android 4.2.2 device that would employ that Motorola RAZR-esque form factor we all fell in love with a decade ago. This wouldn’t be the first Android phone of its sort, of course, with offerings from other companies seeding the market in very limited capacity.

samsung w2013 flip smartphone

Still, the magnitude of the Galaxy brand being attached to it has our interests piqued. You’re probably wondering what sort of specs Samsung would shove into the thing. If the rumors are to be believed, we can expect:

  • WVGA resolution touch screen
  • 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor
  • LTE
  • Android 4.2.2
  • a numerical keypad

It’s obviously straddling the less sexy line between mid-range and entry level. The Galaxy Folder is said to be headed to South Korean carriers this August, but would you buy it if it ever made its way outside of Asia? Dream with me for a minute. What if this phone had:

  • a 4-inch 720p display
  • a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording
  • a 2 megapixel front camera

You know, your typical “OMG I want that beast” smartphone in this day and age. I have some news for you — something like this already exists by the South Korean OEM. Remember the Jackie Chan-endorsed Samsung W2013 (pictured above)?

That phone is also a dual-screen Android-based flip phone, except it has a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera, a 2 megapixel front camera, 16GB of internal storage and more. The difference is that phone wasn’t marketed with Galaxy branding, so much of the world probably didn’t notice.

I personally wouldn’t prefer to revive this archaic form factor. It has a special place in many of our hearts, but so did bell bottoms and typewriters. (Though, to be fair, there are some people still collecting typewriters… and bell bottoms.)

Obviously Samsung’s Asian fan base would value this smartphone more than anyone else as character-based languages are harder to type out on traditional keyboards. But if this thing had the guts to compete with the best of the best like the W2013 does, would you welcome a return to what now seems like a retro form factor? Drop a vote in the poll below, and leave a comment letting us know how you feel.

[via DDaily]

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