Can Samsung make the flip phone fashionable again?

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  • Updated: Aug 02, 2013 11:24 IST

The clamshell design was thought to have gone the same way as the feature phone but that isn't stopping the Korean tech firm from launching a folding Android phone for the Asian market.

Codenamed the Hennessey but expected to be marketed as the SCH-W789 when it launches, the phone comes with a real, tactile numerical keypad just like Nokias and countless Motorola Razrs of old, but unlike its now-prehistoric counterparts, Samsung's device is bang up to date on the inside.

It has dual folding screens, runs Android Jellybean and boasts a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. However, its screens are anything but high-res and each one measures a mere 3.3 inches, so there won't be much video streaming done on them. It also comes with a rather ‘flash' gold finish and, according to SamMobile, is expected to launch exclusively in China and South Korea later in August.

Though an interesting design experiment, it's not likely that the latest Samsung handset is the shape of things to come although there are two features offered by flip phones that some may miss today: screen protection and a guarantee that with the lid down there was no chance of accidentally calling someone in the address book as the keypad was covered.


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