Samsung W2017 clamshell unveiled with Snapdragon 820 CPU, 4GB RAM, Marshmallow


The so-called “Veyron” high-end flip phone has finally been announced by Samsung. The smartphone will be released on the market as Samsung W2017, but there are no details on the price yet.

However, Samsung stated the W2017 will be initially released in China. It's unclear whether or not the South Korean handset maker will introduced the clamshell in other countries as well but some of the previous high-end flip phones launched by Samsung made to India and a few other Asian countries. It's also worth mentioning the Samsung W2017 will be available in two colors: black and gold.

Specs-wise, the W2017 is unsurprising thanks to the previous rumors that contained lots of details about the phone's hardware. Still, if you haven't read our previous stories, here is a quick rundown of the most important feature Samsung's W2017 flip phone has to offer.

First of all, this is a true high-end smartphone. It packs a powerful quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (expandable up to 256GB via microSD).

It's got a 4.2-inch Super AMOLED Always On display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution. On the back, there's a 12-megapixel camera with f/1.7 apertures and 4K video recording, while in the front there's a secondary 5-megapixel camera for selfies.

The flip phone supports dual-SIM functionality, as well as 4G LTE connectivity. Having a clamshell form factor has taken its toll on the phone's innards, so Samsung included a smaller 2,300 mAh battery under the phone's metal body. At least it comes with fast charging capability.

Samsung confirmed the W2017 will ship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow right out of the box. There's no word on a possible Android 7.0 Nougat update yet.

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17 Comments

1. aegislash

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Imagine if our old Moto RAZRs had specs like this....unfortunately we didn't care at the time because these sort of specs didn't exist back then.

11. Unordinary unregistered

And there was nothing to utilize the specs with. The Razr was my all time favorite phone. Oh man I can still feel myself flipping it open and hear the noise it made on close. #neverforgetrazr

2. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Yuck....t9 texting?

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2386; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Can use it one handed, relatively fast (if you know what your'e doing), and actual buttons versus virtual ones. Doesn't sound that bad to me. All up to personal preference though.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Can use it one-handed, even without watching the your phone, or while watching movies... 2000's feature-phone users will know how it feels :D

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

If the $99 ZTE Cymbal has a virtual kb, I'm sure this will too. Besides, T9 is the reason Millennials have made forum reading the clusterf**k it is today. Lol, wtf, lmao and idk are prime examples of the laziness T9 fostered. Ye reaps what ye sows.

14. Neoberry99

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 30, 2015

Lmao! Too funny

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Dude...it has a screen and that screen has a virtual keyboard. And t9 texting was awesome back in the day :-0 I miss not having to spell out every word.

9. Brewski

Posts: 696; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Is the inside screen touch-enabled? Maybe you can text from the outside like a regular slate phone...

15. Adsr14

Posts: 118; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

T9 was awesome. I could text behind my back in class. My I followed my teachers eyes and she never picked on me ever since lol

3. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

how much will it cost ? im seriously considering buying one just for fun this is literally my dream phone

6. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Have a feeling it will cost a lot, as in to much.

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Agreed. But if it was $400 I'd buy it.

10. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yeah that wouldn't be to bad.I have a feeling it will be more like the $700 range. I will be shocked if not.

12. emcdonald75

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Let me get this straight! Samsung can release this little clamshell phone with a Snapdragon 820 chipset, but Samsung cannot put a powerful chipset in a tablet!? I am so glad I bought myself an iPad Pro to remove myself from the under-powered and less updated Android tablets. I am going to miss microSD card support, but Android manufacturers just don't understand what consumers want when it comes to tablets.

13. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

US release date ?i want one!

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

err.. no one notice it? it have metal body.. but the first image show wireless charging... finally a wireless charging for metal phone!!! :D

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