Samsung's SCH-W2013 is a high priced, dual-screen flip phone

Samsung's SCH-W2013 is a high priced, dual-screen flip phone
Last year, we told you about the Samsung SCH-W999, a dual-screen Android flip phone that was powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, had dual 3.7 inch WVGA screens, ran on both CDMA and GSM and could accept 2 SIM cards. Said to be priced at the Chinese Yuan equivalent of $1570 USD, the device was expected to be added to the lineup at China Telecom earlier this year.

Fast forward to Black Friday and an ad featuring Jackie Chan reveals the sequel to the SCH-W999, the SCH-2013. Like its predecessor, the phone is being produced in conjunction with a charity concert,  and retains the dual-display, flip screen form factor as well as the prohibitively high price. The dual 3.7 inch WVGA Super AMOLED screens remain with a quad-core 1.4GHz processor under the hood, quite possibly the Samsung Exynos 4412. 2GB of RAM is on board along with 16GB of internal storage that can be bumped up by 64GB using the microSD slot. The camera on back weighs in at 8MP with a 1.9MP shooter upfront. An 1850mAh battey powers the device and Android 4.0 is installed.

Once again scheduled to join China Telecom's lineup, there is support for dual SIM cards. One handles the CDMA2000 800/1900 band while the other handles GSM 900/1800/1900. The Samsung SCH-W2013 is not expected to be cheap. While the phone is not yet official, it is expected to be priced between ¥18,000 ($2,900 USD) and ¥20,000 ($3,210 USD). And as with the original generation model, don't expect to see this in the U.S.

source: Samsung via Engadget



1. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012


28. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i think it's beautiful. qwerty, slideouts have been revived already... this is innovation, believe it or not. if you don't want the numeric keypad, there's a 3.7" screen anyway. not for hardcore fans, but it looks premium like hell. opinion only, haters gonna hate

39. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Not quite innovation as this design has been around for a while now. It's just that the US hasn't seen such phones.

36. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Man.. it is not a disgusting phone. Come on! its innovative, and creative as well! I may be getting something like that!

40. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Can we please make innovation a banned word on phone arena? Its cool looking and something a lot of people would want over a complete touch screen phone. But its not innovation. Its a redesigned phone from 4 years ago.

2. faisal8708

Posts: 104; Member since: Nov 15, 2011


3. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

Really, Sammy? An Android smartphone with [abc] keys? oh god...

14. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

That's called alpha-numeric keypad... I seriously don't understand the combination! And there's ICS on it too...would love to see how it turns out to type it in landscape mode, lol.

26. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011


4. dicemoney

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

Lol I kinda like it but I just can't see myself with a flip phone in 2013

7. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I think it's nice and unique and would be good for those who want a really compact phone. But definitely not for me. xD

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Man, at $2,900 USD i can be rich with the GSIII, HOX+, Lumia 920, Nexus 10 and still i'll be left with some more cash to get high with...

20. rsxl5

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

They are still quite popular in China (as far as I know in Japan as well).

24. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Me too. After seeing this, I suddenly missed my Motorola v8. Being an Android user for so many years now, it feels nostalgic to see these kind of phones nowadays that I used to have 5 years ago.

5. Dandroid15

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Ive been to China not long ago and its one of the most popular handsets there!among the rich people of coarse. Its Crazy.

6. Dandroid15

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

I take take that back.more like filthy rich!

8. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

They're able to fit better internals for a smaller 3.7 inch screen than the 4 inch S3 Mini, I don't get it!

9. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

That's the first Samsung I've wanted to buy in a while.

10. mydi.maus unregistered

with a price tag $2,900 makes iphone and gslll a toy..

12. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

this looks like a executive phone, not all executives are tech savvy. flip phones are also still very popular in japan and china. this is the first time i see a high end specs flip phones

22. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

What? Executive phone?! Well good luck typing your e-mails and reports on that 1/abc alpha-numeric keyboard!!! Ridiculous!

25. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

do you know executive's lifestyle ? they use phones only for call and short texts. email and reports, iPad or ultra book. they're rich anyway they want an elegant symbol, that's china

13. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

"the phone is being produced in conjunction with a charity concert" U are not buying just a phone. u are helping a charity, is like donating $3000 but u are getting a free phone, they are not selling the phone

15. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

correct but it seems many don't understand the concept.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

It's really difficult to appreciate the relative size of this device; it might help if PhoneArena gave away a free one?

17. thelegend6657 unregistered

Why would anyone needs the 'extra' alphanumeric keypad on a android smartphone ? China people totally have no taste

31. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

duh! The phone is tenured to certain consumers specifically the filthy rich one, at that price the filthy rich are the only sensible one to buy it. Get it?

18. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

i like Jackie Chan more, than this phone

19. bluescreen

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

personally i could find alot better things to spend 2900 bucks someone to smack the people upside the head who made this over priced under powered hunk of price gouging!

32. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

under powered? how come?

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