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Samsung's clamshell W2016 is official: Exynos, 3 GB RAM, 16 MP camera and Lollipop

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Samsung's clamshell W2016 is official: Exynos, 3 GB RAM, 16 MP camera and Lollipop
Flips are still the rage in Japan and some other Asian countries, and we are certain there are quite a few nostalgically-driven fans who remember the convenience of a flip handset. We ought to give it to them, flip phones and side-sliders were great in their heydays. From the unfolding to take a call, and have the lower half next to your lips, while the upper part reaches your ear - you know, like a real phone - to the reassuring click when you close it that tangibly marks the end of a call, flip phones have a certain aura about them that can't be recreated by today's large, flat pieces of toaster bread.

The rumor mill on Samsung's next clamshell with Android went in overdrive in the last few weeks, as the flip leaked from the Chinese certification agency TENAA, flaunting pretty great specs for what has been a nearly forgotten form factor. The phone was mistakenly dubbed Galaxy Golden 3, while it has now been released for China Mobile under the less-inspiring W2016 title.

It's still the same impressive phone that leaked before, though, with a 3.9" exterior and the same diagonal interior display of 1280 x 768 pixels resolution, as well as a 2.1 GHz Exynos 7420 processor, 3 GB of RAM and the hearty 64 GB of storage. Moreover, it sports a 16 MP camera on the back, perhaps the same high-end unit that is in the Galaxy S6, plus a 5 MP camera for selfies at the front. The hinged glass-and-metal chassis resembles the premium design of the S6 or Note 5, and comes in silver and golden variations.

The icing on the cake is, of course, that it runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz out of the box, but Samsung added other niceties, like a fast wired or wireless charging, plus, something tells us, the 2000 mAh battery might last a long time with this display size and resolution. These specs are nothing to sniff at, and nothing says "this conversation is over" better than the satisfying click of a flip phone, so are there any takers?

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posted on 20 Nov 2015, 08:37

1. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


ewwww, it must be a real pain in the a** to use a OS designed for touch-input with a 4 directions keypad

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 08:46 14

5. Ordinary (Posts: 2318; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Its a touchscreen.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 08:49 14

6. antmiu2 (Posts: 312; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


there will be touchscreen on both sides.. I would really like for other form factors make a comeback like clamshell and sliders with good specs and competitive prices.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 09:53 18

15. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Ewwwww. It must be a real pain to wake up and be a trolling imbicile

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 11:30 15

23. miket1737 (Posts: 2548; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


The irony ...

posted on 21 Nov 2015, 11:59 1

39. darkkjedii (Posts: 21367; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly lol. Techie is an A1 idiot.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 14:45 2

31. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1175; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Actually your statement is not true. The beauty of Android is that it can be customized and there have been examples in the past of Android having alternate inputs other than touch. For example, the new Blackberry Priv is able to recognize the inputs from the keyboard for navigational purposes on the OS. So I see no problems with it. Also, as others have mentioned it will have a touchscreen.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 08:37 2

2. vladimir86 (Posts: 85; Member since: 15 Oct 2011)


Why not Android 6.0?

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 08:40 4

4. amanjain1 (Posts: 56; Member since: 28 Apr 2015)


6.0 released like a month back.It takes months to design and test a new model.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 09:55 2

16. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Because when they were designing an testing the phone, Android 6.0 wasn't available. DUh!

It's been repeated so many times. When an OEM is designing a product, they can only test it with what software is available. If a new software pops up, you can't just stop development you've spend million on to just start over.

It has been like this for years. How many times have you seen brand new PC's come out with an older OS, when a newer one has been already released?

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 08:40 3

3. amanjain1 (Posts: 56; Member since: 28 Apr 2015)


are they going to release it in India?My grandpa would love to have it..He is still using his nokia and not ready to get a new iPhone or a Galaxy.He might just go for it

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 08:50 1

7. Plume-Veil (banned) (Posts: 174; Member since: 19 Nov 2015)


Samsung focuses on ergonomics rather than design like SONY.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 09:28 8

13. _KIRA_ (Posts: 64; Member since: 25 Dec 2013)


Glad you were able to get that off your chest. Rest easy.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 10:21 2

19. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2501; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


But I Love The Xperia Z Design. And The S6,N5 Are Gorgeous.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 08:55 1

8. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Just remove the Samsung logo and make the 'face' look cleaner.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 10:38 8

21. willard12 (Posts: 1693; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


In Japan, they'll probably remove the Samsung logo.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 09:06

9. dazed1 (Posts: 363; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


7420 in such phone is beyond stupid, they could use something around S615/617 level (Exynos version) and still it be more then fast enough, while costing much less.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 09:13 7

11. Plume-Veil (banned) (Posts: 174; Member since: 19 Nov 2015)


Wait and save up for 2-3 Months and then buy it. Why settle for average, when the best is all you need.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 09:07 2

10. zeeBomb (Posts: 2098; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Talk about the S6 reincarnated into flip phone form

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 09:24 2

12. AustinPaul (Posts: 67; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Looks very interesting to me. I really miss talking on cell phones. I can always use a deactivated, Wi-Fi only, phone for browsing, etc.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 09:41 3

14. Landon (Posts: 492; Member since: 07 May 2015)


No headphone jack? So you have to brush the dust off that old mp3 player to listen to music?

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 10:17 1

17. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Why do you need a headphone jack. ever heard of Bluetooth Headphones?

It would be cool if Samsung includes bluetooth headphones with the phone.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 10:42 1

22. Landon (Posts: 492; Member since: 07 May 2015)


I have but I've always thought the sound quality of bluetooth headphones are inferior to a wired headset. I guess it all depends on how much money you're willing to shell out for a quality bluetooth headset.

I agree though...throw in some bluetooth headphones with this phone to make it more enticing.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 16:28

34. rency0722 (Posts: 157; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)


Not with Sony's LDAC. I've also always though of mediocre sound quality until I heard high-res audio over Bluetooth.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 12:51 1

27. zunaidahmed (Posts: 812; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


This is stupid, headphone jacks are a must, Bluetooth music quality totally sucks, not to mention Bluetooth pairing doesn't always work like a charm. Bluetooth headphones are like touchpad for laptops, yeah they are ok for general purpose but it's never gonna replace a good old mouse, same goes for the headphone jack in this phone. Samsung made a stupid choice, but I doubt this phone is for mainstream anyways, in China, w2015 sold for over 1400 USD, so fxxk this phone, just a overpriced crap from Samsung (not spec wise but price wise crap).

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 14:44 1

30. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


TechiexP, a phone with no headphone jack= never buying.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 10:19 3

18. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Those are some nice looking flip-phones. Reminds me of the old Motorola Razr phones. I like the twist on the S6 curved body.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 10:25 1

20. murtazarzv (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Beautifulll

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 12:30 3

25. MadManG2015 (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Nov 2015)


If i had an Iphone i would trade it for that one.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 12:32 1

26. phonegeek25 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Nov 2015)


Niceee

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 13:05

28. Sondae (Posts: 279; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


Well it does looks good but the price is for rich people. It's said to cost a whopping CNY 9,999, which is $1,565 or €1,470 at the current exchange rates said by gsmarena lol.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 14:11 4

29. Ninetysix (Posts: 2387; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


It doesn't matter how much it cost. TechieXP will find an excuse. He's currently typing a response as long as a novel regarding how the price is justified. Please wait for a few more minutes.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 16:15

32. Plume-Veil (banned) (Posts: 174; Member since: 19 Nov 2015)


Lmfao+1

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 16:23

33. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Depending on how bulky it is I would consider it if it was released in Canada. I don't have to make that decision though.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 17:08 1

35. fyahking (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


I'll buy that gold one so I can hang it on my wall.:)

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 17:20

36. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


So this should give us a general idea of how big the fold-able Galaxy will be. 3.9 inches in folded one hand mode. And whatever diagonal 3.9 + 3.9 is when unfolded.

Any way calculate the diagonal of two 3.9 inch displays connected together? My math problem solving skills are quite rusty.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 19:06 1

37. dancheung77 (Posts: 196; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


I actually really like what they are doing this time around with the flip phone, kudos to Sammy.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 20:20 1

38. stuck_788 (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Jul 2013)


I would buy immediately if they make it available in western countries!

posted on 22 Nov 2015, 07:38

40. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Not a chance! this stuff is a no-go to me.

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