Samsung Android flip-phone to feature 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800, 13MP cam

One of the consequences of the growth in smartphone popularity has been the near-death of handset form factors other than the all-too-familiar candybar. It would be overstating things to suggest that all handsets look the same, but some still look back with fondness on the days when QWERTY-sliders, devices with fixed keyboards, and clamshells were all far more ubiquitous than they are today. 

For those who get nostalgic about such things, Samsung has been expanding its vast range of Android devices into flip-phones, with handsets such as the Hennessy (SCH-W789) and the Galaxy Golden (SHV-E700). Building on the specs of the Golden, it appears that Samsung is preparing to launch another clamshell with some interesting specs, having passed through China's Tenaa certification body. 

Like the Golden, the new device - so far known only as the SM-W2014 - features a T9 keypad for maximum old-school vibes, along with two displays (one on the inside, and an external display for when the handset is closed). The two Super AMOLED screens are reasonably sized at just under 3.7-inches, with WVGA (480x800px) resolution; the documentation from Tenaa actually states that the resolution is "480x640", but the photographs clearly show a display with a wide aspect ratio. 

But the SM-W2014 packs a lot more into its clamshell body than just dual-displays. You'll also find a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, along with an equally impressive 2GB of RAM, putting its specs in the same class as next-gen handsets like the LG Nexus 5 and Nokia's Lumia 1520 phablet. 

The device will launch with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and you'll also find WiFi a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0 LE on board, as well as a 13MP rear camera and a 2MP cam up front. It's not exactly thin and light though - with dimensions of 116.85 x 59.4 x 15.79mm, it weighs in at 173g, which will make it one of the heaviest handsets around. 

But if you can look past its chunkiness and still want to get your hands on one, you may be disappointed, depending on where you live - it looks like this device is destined to remain exclusive to select Asian markets, such as China and Korea. 

Source: Tenaa via Engadget | images via Tenaa

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This thing honestly doesn't look that bad. Had they ditched the faux leather look and swapped that copper color for a silverish gray, it'd look good.

and this only confirms the trend: Samsung is just throwing stuff at the wall and hoping something sticks. What's next, a shoe phone?

Looks like Samsung couldn't find a flip phone maker they liked to "emulate" if only Apple made one, this might have looked better. Just saying.

Why are we building hardware buttons onto a fold out pane of hardware, when the touch screen buttons work perfectly fine. This is simply a regression to a problem that isn't there now because it was solved by touch screens on smart-phones.

Well touch screen buttons work just perfectly fine for the people who never used a landscape slider phone to write a text..
wasting half the screen for a keyboard that does not write what i am telling it to write is not good
I miss my last 5 generations of HTC/T-Mobile sliders :'(

Hello,

xendrome said,
Why are we building hardware buttons onto a fold out pane of hardware, when the touch screen buttons work perfectly fine. This is simply a regression to a problem that isn't there now because it was solved by touch screens on smart-phones.

Im sorry but I am going to have to disrespectfully agree with you.

While touchscreens are great, I believe physical buttons are still better and best. There is nothing like typing on a keyboard than typing on a large touchscreen on your desktop.

What is it made of? Copper? Wood? Leather?
And 2.3 Ghz, quadcore in a flip phone? It might be more powerful than my desktop.

Sszecret said,
What is it made of? Copper? Wood? Leather?
And 2.3 Ghz, quadcore in a flip phone? It might be more powerful than my desktop.

Although these are high frequency processors, they (for now), can't keep up with their desktop equivalent. I don't believe that they can compete with your Desktop's QCore processor. (Assuming you have a Core 2 Duo Quad)

I used to think my T-Mobile SideKick 3 was the coolest phone ever, when i got it (mostly because i could SSH into my server at home with the Terminal app.

littleneutrino said,
I used to think my T-Mobile SideKick 3 was the coolest phone ever, when i got it (mostly because i could SSH into my server at home with the Terminal app.

When the Matrix came out T thought the phone Neo got at his office that slid out was the coolest phone ever.