Samsung working on an elegant Android flip, possibly a Galaxy Folder heir

Samsung working on an elegant Android flip, possibly a Galaxy Folder heir
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.

Flips are still the rage in Japan and some other Asian countries, plus there are quite a few nostalgically-driven fans who remember the convenience of a flip handset, so both Samsung and LG, not to mention the Japanese kept catering to that crowd, but with a modern day Android twist. When asked why is it still making flip phones, LG answered that there are some user categories that benefit - those who mainly talk with their phones, or don't game and use the browser sparingly, those who want theirs kids reachable, but not distracted by apps and games, and the elderly, because of the big physical keypad.

The latest in that flip Android line might be a Galaxy Folder (SM-G150) successor, as a handset marked SM-G160 has turned up in the Zauba import database.


The original Folder has some not-so-impressive specs, but it's an Android flip, and an elegant one at that, which one to come with tradeoffs, so we hope this year's edition will get a specs bump. From the database entry above it is evident that the 3.8" screen will stay with the same diagonal, but we might get a higher pixel count this time, here's to hoping. It is likely to only land in Asia, though, so if you are eyeing something like that to fuse old and new in a stylish package, you'd probably have to import.


source: ZaubaBlogofMobile via GSMDome

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15 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

I would love this honestly, if it looks anything relative to this.

5. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Agreed, though I wouldn't want to spend a fortune for this, an upper mid ranger might be the best segment for this form factor.

2. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

This actually looks like a good phone. I bet a number of people would want it, especially for people who get a work-provided phone.

3. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

please keep three touch screens, one for the main, one for keyborad and other outside for notifications... with led different color support, 4000mAh battery, SD820, 4GB RAM, 2k Display, JBL speakers, LTE-A CAt9, Quick Charger.. that is it.. even it is 800$ i will buy it.........

4. NoAllegiance unregistered

Children of today do not know how much joy there is in flipping a phone.

9. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Yes, its classy

14. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

And how much of a relief it is when your annoyed at someone on the phone and you let them know your frustration by slamming shut the phone to hang up

15. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Yes, touchscreen is too mainstream

6. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Why those specs with a 480p display

7. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I love this. It's classy and nostalgic.

8. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Agreed

10. shield

Posts: 837; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG Wine Smart.

11. stuck_788

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

bring this to Europe and I'll buy at least 3 or 4 for my parents and other older relatives...

12. Tronlol

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Plz include me too

13. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

These phones would become more popular if released in europe, as no more worrying of breaking the screen or glass, as thats the only thing people worry about when there that expensive and harder to repair, hope we do get this released soon

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