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

Samsung's clamshell W2016 is official: octa-core Exynos, 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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