Samsung really is going for every market: plans a new Android flip-phone
0. phoneArena 16 Jul 2013, 17:10 posted on
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...
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18. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; 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..)
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™
30. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4358; 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.
35. Shatter (Posts: 2036; 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.
64. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4358; 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.
7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; 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.
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!
12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3870; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
It's 480X800, not 720p.
Don't know how legit this is but check this out...
Two diplays of 3.5" each...flip it and it looks ugly.
50. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I know that, but TROLL was saying it should have a 720p display on it lol
67. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3870; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Well you know, troll does what's best!
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!
65. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4358; 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.
16. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)
What are you doing....
20. roldefol (Posts: 4302; 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.
24. jroc74 (Posts: 6013; 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.
25. blackspot (Posts: 102; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)
This recent phone by Samsung was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this article.
26. blackspot (Posts: 102; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)
29. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; 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.
31. Techboi (Posts: 84; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)
Samsung make a sidekick like phone while you at it.
40. JEverettnow (Posts: 228; 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
44. Sharky (Posts: 239; 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.
47. lhtbinh1909 (Posts: 89; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)
ok every people on this planet could have their own GALAXY, and this one is for my mom
51. JMartin22 (Posts: 1982; 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.