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

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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37 Comments

1. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

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

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Its a touchscreen.

6. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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

31. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2249; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

2. vladimir86

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 15, 2011

Why not Android 6.0?

4. amanjain1

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

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

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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?

3. amanjain1

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 28, 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

7. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

Samsung focuses on ergonomics rather than design like SONY.

13. _KIRA_

Posts: 107; Member since: Dec 25, 2013

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

19. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

8. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

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

21. willard12 unregistered

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

9. dazed1

Posts: 777; Member since: Jul 28, 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.

11. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

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

10. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Talk about the S6 reincarnated into flip phone form

12. AustinPaul

Posts: 150; Member since: Dec 13, 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.

14. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 2015

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

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

22. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 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.

34. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

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

27. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 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).

30. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

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

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

20. murtazarzv

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Beautifulll

25. MadManG2015

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 14, 2015

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

26. phonegeek25

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 14, 2015

Niceee

28. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 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.

29. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

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