Clamshell or flip phones are so yesteryear, they said. Not really. Samsung just launched a flip phone — in China — with top of the line premium specs and Android-based software, to lay all your notions to rest. The phone is called the W2017, and it appears to be a China-exclusive for now.
The W2017 boasts of a full metal clamshell body design and two 4.2-inch screens with a 1080p Super AMOLED display resolution. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor clubbed with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory which is further expandable via microSD card slot.
The phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based TouchWiz UI and supports 4G LTE connectivity. There’s also a fingerprint scanner on-board the device.
The flip phone sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.9 aperture and support for 4K video recording. On the front, the phone has a 5-megapixel camera.
It is backed by a 2,300mAh battery and weighs in at 208 gram.
The W2017 is successor to last year’s W2016, which was another high-end flip phone from Samsung. The W2016 was also a China-exclusive affair, and chances are the same fait awaits the W2017 as well. Clamshell phones are a dying breed worldwide and phones like the W2017 kind help in keeping their spirit alive. Most importantly, the W2017 is not simply a clamshell phone with aging hardware. The phone can compete with the best in class in hardware specs on paper, and therefore stands every chance to be considered a flagship.
Samsung is in dire need of a good flagship phone after the whole Note 7 fiasco and the Galaxy S8 can’t come any sooner. Till then, phones like the W2017 may help the company regain the lost momentum (and reputation) in the ever saturating smartphone market. Maybe the nostalgia attached with clamshell phones can help even further. Hopefully the company launches it in other markets as well.
Samsung is yet to announce pricing of the W2017 for the Chinese market, buy looking at its spec-sheet it is only obvious that it would carry a premium price tag.
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