When you think about flip phones, perhaps the first phone that comes to
mind is the Motorola RAZR. While the phone became very popular at the
time, it's now passé. But if a rumour is to be believed, Samsung
is working on a flip phone that
will be based on Android.
According to a Korean site, DDaily
Korean handset maker is all set to launch a flip phone with numeric
keypad running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean soon. Reportedly, the company will
first introduce the device in its home market i.e. South Korea and
would be a low-end device. The phone is dubbed as Samsung Galaxy Folder
and comes with model numbers SHV-E400S/ SHV-E400K.
quotes a Samsung Electronics official saying that the Samsung Galaxy
Folder will be released in August and would also support LTE.
a Japanese blogging site, Blog of
Mobile, reveals some
specifications of the Galaxy Folder. Allegedly the Galaxy Folder flip
phone will be based on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and will be powered
by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. The screen resolution
is expected to be 480x800 pixels and would be a WVGA display. This
report also claims a August release date.
However, it's not clear
if the Samsung Galaxy Folder will combine a touch screen with the
physical keypad, or abandon touch-based input completely.
Samsung Galaxy Folder is launched globally, then we can expect flip
phone lovers to get a credible option after a long time as now the
market is dominated by touchscreen devices. In fact even phones with
physical keyboards/ keypads have seen a decline in numbers with
companies like BlackBerry launching Z10
and Nokia releasing Asha
and Lumia range of devices with focus on full-touch support rather than
physical keyboards. It will be interesting to see whether Samsung can
revive the flip phone era or the device will be a victim to the dominant