Samsung is returning to flip phones
2005 called. It wants its phone back.
After making a glorious return to the fore in Adele’s ‘Hello’ music video, flip phones are on course for a comeback of sorts.
Samsung appears to be returning to the vintage form factor with a high-end clamshell handset that runs the Android operating system.
Photos and specs for a flip phone dubbed the Samsung SM-W2016 has appeared on the Asian certification body TENAA, as Sam Mobile points out.
Despite its retro design, this is one flipping powerful phone, with a 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, 3GB of RAM and 64GB storage on board.
It also comes with two 3.9-inch Super AMOLED displays, each with 1280 x 768 resolution, and the same curved glass as the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Cameras clock in at 16 megapixels on the front and five on the rear.
Samsung is yet to announce the device, and when it does, don’t hold your breath for a UK release.
Flip phones have made a minor comeback in Asia thanks to new devices from LG, but even the power of Adele’s latest music video is unlikely to make them commercially viable again on these shores.