Samsung to release yet another flip phone... with Snapdragon 800?
The level of vertical integration over at South Korean tech behemoth Samsung has allowed it to spawn an innumerable amount of devices of all kinds, covering a wide range of tastes. However, until recently, most of these have been decidedly mainstream devices, but spread over a wide range of price points. This changed a few months ago, as Sammy introduced... or rather, re-introduced a modern version of a concept that we had thought has gone the way of the Dodo – flip phones. And several of those, too.
These have been aimed at the Chinese market, and the newly certified SM-W2014 will apparently be no exception. According to rumors, the dual-screened device will come packing the mighty 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM. Not impressed? Perhaps the (confirmed) BSI 13MP rear/2MP front duo of cameras will change your mind. What's even more, the device has also been confirmed to come packing the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean iteration. The SM-W2014 weighs in at 173 grams and measures 116.85x59.4x15.79mm.
Of course, considering that it'll be packing two measly 3.67-inch 480x800 resolution AMOLED displays, it's rather confusing as to why Sammy would go for so much horsepower, which would simply feel wasted. On the other hand, those of you that remember the SCH-W2013, or the Jackie Chan flip phone, will know that practicality isn't really a concern for Sammy. Nor is price, for that matter – the SCH-W2013 cost about $3000.
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20. james004 (Posts: 471; Member since: 15 May 2013)
this is just same old samsung. Only new thing is that they have android running on their crappy phones
5. HalaMadrid (Posts: 92; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)
Samsung is best nowadays. But pricing is ridiculous.
7. joey_sfb (Posts: 2906; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
no lack of choices when I want to spend my money on their products.
12. tech2 (Posts: 2046; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Exactly, for some reason people seem to think just because its too ridiculous to them and 'they' don't like it they should bash the company who are giving them options. There are still few people just for nostalgia's sake might end up buying. Also, it doesn't make other stellar phones such as S4 any less relevant. Its still a robust & complete phone.
They've estimated to earn an operating profit of 8 billion in Q3 2013. They know what they are doing and people seem the options.
18. Gaurav008 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
I am not complaining or bashing here bouy. More devices means more choices for the end consumers. The thing is Samsung doesn't really take care (software updates and bug fixes) about the lower midrange or upper ones as well. They release this in boatloads and maintain properly only their Note, S-series devices lineup well ( real good ).
The midrange lineup more often than not suffer. I and my friends know because we have experienced earlier. Just look at their midrange and entrylevel lineup. So many. Only $15-$30 differences between them! This is blasphemous.
But their S, Note lineup has no competition whatsoever. Sheer brillance there!
19. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Exactly and this will sell well in China. I'm in Beijing right now and the W999 is more common than the HTC One here. Samsung know their markets. That's why their products are selling.
28. ph00ny (Posts: 598; Member since: 26 May 2011)
and we probably don't understand Chinese market as well as samsung if they're releasing another flip smartphone
3. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
S800 in a tiny phone - portable hand warmers (or cookers) anyone?
On a more serious note though, this phone will fly with its low res screen.
8. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4010; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
So the Adreno 330 is going to push a 480x800 display? That'll easily max out the frame rate in all games on the Play Store.
26. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
Hold on bro here comes the boost!!! But anyway flip phone thats more advanced then the iPhone. Who would have seen that coming...
10. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
What other just dream and think....Samsung makes it Real :D
17. matrix_neo (Posts: 314; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
What's wrong if Samsung produce this kind of phone. I'm sure they have a market for it. They just giving us choices which important for us. Flip phones still being used in some countries like Japan. If Samsung failed it's not your business., they know what they are doing.
21. sniperdroid (Posts: 120; Member since: 23 May 2013)
If they're making it there must be a market for it. But still $3000!! I hope it comes in real gold and a direct line to the president.
25. xtroid2k (Posts: 363; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
see I would buy that because I do miss flip phones. Just not sure how I would harness the power??
27. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1008; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
sammy can do ANYTHING,what else..too bad this ones only for chinese market as mentioned..
29. xfire99 (Posts: 504; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)
I bet this phone wont comes outside China and are meant for "old school" peoples. 3K isnt a problem for "old schools rich" peoples. Jacky Chan sure can afford this phone. :)