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Samsung really is going for every market: plans a new Android flip-phone

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Samsung really is going for every market: plans a new Android flip-phone
By now, we all understand that Samsung's business model is the complete opposite of Apple. Where Apple focuses on a few devices and tries to make each device fit the needs of as many users as possible, Samsung wants to make sure it has a specific device for every single potential customer. And, it seems that even includes the flip-phone market.

The new word from Korea is that Samsung is planning to release an Android powered flip-phone in August that will be called the Samsung Galaxy Folder (get it?). The device will feature a 480x800 WVGA display and a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset, along with LTE, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Not surprisingly, the device would be aimed at the low-end market. Perhaps your parents who refuse to give up their 6 year old flip-phone may be the target market?

source: DDaily & NDTV via Neowin

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posted on 16 Jul 2013, 17:13 5

1. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Its OK at this point. I see no point in complaining over Samsung constantly launching device. I just hate the damn fans that come to Samsung's defense. It sickens me....-_-

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 17:26 12

8. Jason2k13 (Posts: 639; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


and how are samsung fans any different to nokia, apple or HTC fans?

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 17:53 1

14. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Each OEM has different objectives and the fans of these OEMs feel a need to represent them...that is how they are different...-_-

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 18:37 8

27. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1299; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


So they're really no different than the fanboys from any other OEM. All of them can be obnoxious and antagonistic, to single out one and ignore the others is pointless, in that they all need to let others like what they like, and worry about themselves.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 19:17

33. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


No,that is not my point. I'll bash any fanboy of any OEM I see fit if it ever came down to it. And its not them liking something that bothers me. Its there hopeless defense of a company and a blatant disregard for others and their opinions.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 00:29

56. Taters (Posts: 2664; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Sounds like you are bothered by Samsung giving their fans a lot more ammo than your preferred company.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 04:03

63. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1299; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


AGAIN, his question is how are Samsung fanboys any different than those from other OEMs. The fact is they are not. Any of them do the things you mentioned. So how are they different? If all of them are doing the same thing, they are the same, the only difference is the company or OS they are fans of.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 11:08

69. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I should have justified my reason more. Lol

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 00:17 2

53. skyline88 (Posts: 313; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


Samsung is not pointless
Nokia is not pointless
Moto, LG, Sony and HTC are not pointless too
well..... this left only 1 thing in the entire universe to be pointless: some kind of bitten fruit

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 17:31 13

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


It's like Samsung is creating a planet...
Samsung said, "Let there be phablets" and there it was.
Samsung was still not happy, so it said again, "Let there be Phongs (long phones)" and here it is.
And finally Samsung is resting...wait, are they?

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 18:07 5

19. tedkord (Posts: 4504; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


If phongs catches on, you and I will be mortal enemies. ;)

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 00:24 2

54. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 630; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Samsung has more galaxies than the Universe...

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 03:39 1

61. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


but those galaxies are also located in the universe
PARADOX!

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 21:23 2

45. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Although you may not like it, but, I think this is an excellent option for all those who are upgrading from their outdated iPhone 4/4S this year!!

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 00:14

52. skyline88 (Posts: 313; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


or even iFoon Five, which is already outdated out from the packaging box.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 01:29 1

58. willard12 (Posts: 734; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


I'm not sure how or why the number of devices an OEM produces should bother anyone.....no one is forced to buy them.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 04:46

66. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Every team company every little thing has fan.. It's not the fans that bother me it's the fact they will defend it with their lives like they are the ceo of the company or they are getting paid for... Some ppl in here if they were to see each other and have the discussion I don't think with end with words... Ppl defending another company to gain??? I love to see companies fight it out and the end of the end I got beat end of it. Every leader as to be replaced with another someday or another... When Nokia enters the world of Android flagship Sammy will have a hard time...

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 17:16

2. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


It's gotta be touch screen right? If it is, I wonder how you'll use it. It looks like it will be super wonky to operate. Unless you can fold it out 360 like a Lenovo Yoga thing.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 17:23

5. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Exactly my point....throwing spaghetti on the wall too see what sticks... But this phone has an exterior touchscreen on the outside they you can use when the phone is closed...

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 19:12 5

32. joey_sfb (Posts: 2752; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


flip-phone are hits with the ladies. Its always has been and always shall be.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 19:20

34. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


It could be. I like the concept just calling a spade a spade... I wonder will it have that 3.3 inch size touch screen. The other rumour was a 3.7 inch.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 20:38

43. glentomas123 (Posts: 70; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)


Spaghetti approach works if you have the cash to do it. Samsung is a case study for that. Flood the market with options in every space. Apparently, you have a problem with this business approach. I assume your business approach is much better.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 21:30

46. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


You can assume if you want and I can confirm that you are right. Lol, I didn't mind at first, but when they started screwing up brands and making devices that overlap with too similar specs it got aggravating. I don't like it. So be it. I can't change Samsung's mind. I only can be vocal about my opinion, build a bridge and get over it.... Nice life to you, carbon based life form. :)

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 22:03

48. iushnt (Posts: 614; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


i don't think it will be touch screen

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 17:17

3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6241; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I remember that phone. but it never reached the u.s.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 17:21

4. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Let down by the screen resolution.
720P
S600
2Gb Ram
300ppi

®

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 17:24 7

6. apple4never (Posts: 932; Member since: 08 May 2013)


its a flip phone not the moto x

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 18:02 4

17. gazmatic (Posts: 559; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


how much do they pay you?

really. i want to know.

i just got my bachelors so i need a job

student loans

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 18:14 2

21. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


TROLL™®©

ANDROID® ™©
FANDROID©®™
FTW®

#17 Gazmatic

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 18:42 2

28. Kayle (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


haha enjoy that wasted education, you will end up working at mcdonalds

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 11:46

70. donfem (Posts: 522; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Very un-nice...

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 18:04 1

18. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 770; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Considering it is a flip phone, and the screen will probably be no bigger than 3.5", if it is 3.2" or 3.5" it will have 291 ppi or 266 ppi respectively. Why do you think everything has to have high end specs? (S600 on a flip phone? I really doubt power users will buy flip phones..)

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 18:19

23. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


There are lots if power users out there! Techys, geeks, nerds, love power™

Power and Torque is an utmost for Android, cause it's a Ram, Cpu resource hungry.

Enjoy your buttery smooth transition
I like mine super fast and zippy instantaneous™

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 18:49

30. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1299; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


If they had 720 resolution on a screen that small no one could make out the icons without a magnifying glass. My old Rezound had 720 on a 4.3" screen and it took a lot of getting used to and squinting the first month of ownership. This will most likely have a max screen size of 2.5", those icons would be tiny. And most of the people who would use a phone like this will probably older users who need larger fonts. Look at most of the flip phones around, they have super large fonts for the older crowd.

You have to use hardware appropriate for the application. This is probably meant as a model for those who don't want a smartphone but after the carriers go to VOLTE, they wouldn't have any other option. Those people aren't going to have the same needs as someone who'd pick up a flagship android. And besides, who would pay $200 on contract for a flip phone, whose cost those specs your mentioning would probably command.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 19:36

35. Shatter (Posts: 1994; Member since: 29 May 2013)


720p screens are not bad at all, the differnece between 1080p is next to nothing while 1080p requires more gpu power and uses more battery up.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 04:13

64. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1299; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I did not say they were bad, but to put to high a resolution on to small a screen
1. Makes the icons smaller and therefore harder to read.
2. After a certain point, doesn't give you any greater sharpness that can be viewed by the naked eye.
3. As you said, requires more GPU and uses more battery.

My current and last phone both had 720p screens. The Rezound was a 4.3" and my S3 has 4.8". I prefer 720p on a larger screen because the icons are more easily readable. As far as a 1080p resolution, it wouldn't look good on a 4.3" screen either. My point was you should match the resolution to the screen size, mainly because of the 3 reasons I listed above.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 17:24 1

7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2941; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


This screen will probably be no bigger than 2-3 inches, so why would they need to put a 720p display on it?

I like the idea of this phone, not everyone is ready for touch screen only, some people actually still like flip phones, but now at least they don't have to live in the dark ages anymore, lol

I still wish they would release more slide out keyboard devices, imo.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 17:38 1

11. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


The oldskool flip-phone days are gone!

They should bring it back!

I still have my Ericsson T28 World Edition in mint condition!

®

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 17:42 1

12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


It's 480X800, not 720p.
Don't know how legit this is but check this out...
http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/samsung-user-g roup-136/double-super-amoled-3-5-screen-smartpho ne-samsung-sch-w999-review-370534.html
Two diplays of 3.5" each...flip it and it looks ugly.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 22:59

50. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2941; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I know that, but TROLL was saying it should have a 720p display on it lol

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 05:00

67. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Well you know, troll does what's best!

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 17:37

10. userx (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Very good idea from Samsung to make new phone with older design and refresh hardware. Hope we will have more different design instead of the one that we have now and make all the phones exactly the same!

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 17:42 1

13. Ninetysix (Posts: 1480; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Design 3.0 has begun.

LOL

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 19:37 3

36. Shatter (Posts: 1994; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Galaxy s5 will be a flip phone.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 22:09

49. iushnt (Posts: 614; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


you must be hating this..:p

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 17:58

15. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 937; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


so its a granny phone.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 04:23

65. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1299; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


There are many people still on flip phones. For one thing, they get better reception and the battery lasts longer than on a smartphone. Besides that many people aren't interested in a smartphone, but still want to have a phone on the go, this would serve their purpose. Unless they're going to start making LTE feature phones, those people would be out of luck. This is trying to bridge the gap. Just because most people want smartphones, doesn't mean everyone does. The industry seems to be forcing people into smartphones. While they are a great tool, there are some times where they aren't practical. For people in jobs where their phones will see a lot of abuse, a feature phone will hold up better. If you're in an area where data is almost non existant, there's not much of an upside to having one.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 18:01

16. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


Samsung....
What are you doing....
SAMSUNG...
STAHP!!!!

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 18:09 1

20. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I'm sure Verizon would love this device. Then they could even rope flip phone fans into a smartphone plan.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 18:15 1

22. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


It is a last year news.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 18:28

24. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Samsung is trying to conquer the phone market. If it works out...I see other Android OEM's following suit. Motorola, Samsung they have experience making flip phones. Dont know about HTC and others.

Didnt mention Noika cuz I'm talking strictly Android OEM's here.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 18:28

25. blackspot (Posts: 102; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_w999-4660.php

This recent phone by Samsung was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this article.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 18:34

26. blackspot (Posts: 102; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


Close-up shots

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_w999-pictures-4660.php

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 19:38

38. Shatter (Posts: 1994; Member since: 29 May 2013)


This might be the theme of design 3.0.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 18:44 1

29. nlbates66 (Posts: 284; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


I don't believe this is anything new for Samsung I they did this sort of thing already with variants of the galaxy s model in some countries. This was found when we were trying to find an android driver for the Samsung Wave S8500 display for the porting project.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 19:05

31. Techboi (Posts: 84; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


Samsung make a sidekick like phone while you at it.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 20:18 1

40. JEverettnow (Posts: 183; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


This actually seems like it is going to fill an obvious void in the cell phone market. I kind of like the concept. I miss my Moto Razr of yesteryear

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 21:05

44. Sharky (Posts: 108; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)


Not the first Android flip phone. In Japan and China Sharp has the 007SH, which ran Android 2.3 if I'm not mistaken. Seems kind of interesting, but it would just be a niche product.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 21:37

47. lhtbinh1909 (Posts: 52; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


ok every people on this planet could have their own GALAXY, and this one is for my mom

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 00:00 1

51. JMartin22 (Posts: 759; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


With an Android operating system, a computational processor and LTE, I wonder how fast this phone is going to die with all that running under a little and slim shell. Normally, these phones should last you many days.

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