The innovation of the clamshell form factor was the first revolutionary change that the mobile phone market saw years and years (and years) ago. And now it looks like Samsung wants to bring it back with their new “Samsung Galaxy Folder,” which will be an inexpensive, low-end device that will launch exclusively in Korea.
It’ll be Android-powered, naturally, and feature the good old T9 phone keypad, LTE support, Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, and a new UI specifically designed for the obviously different form factor of the device. The display is rumored to be a small 800 x 480 pixel display.
The photo featured above is not of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Folder, but rather a luxury “Jackie Chan phone” that launched in China and was ridiculously expensive, at about $2000-3000 USD. (We’re still not sure how they managed to sell any of them.)
However, the new Samsung Galaxy Folder is expected to be very cheap, and will be a good test for the flip-phone market. If it does well enough in Korea, perhaps we’ll see an international launch in the near future, or at least a similar device from Samsung later on.
Source: Unwired View