Samsung launches Android flip-phone with Snapdragon 800, $1600 price tag

Just a few weeks after it passed through China's Tenaa certification body, Samsung this week launched its unimaginatively named SCH-W2014, the latest in a range of Android clamshells that demonstrate that the flip-phone still has some fight left in it. 

As we reported last month, the W2014 is something of an oddball, combining a form factor from yesteryear with a spec sheet that is (for the most part) far more cutting edge. 

The Android 4.3 device features one of the most advanced chipsets currently available, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800, with a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, paired with a generous 2GB of RAM. You'll also find a 13MP primary camera, along with a 2MP front-facing cam for video calls and selfies. 32GB of onboard storage is available, but if that's not enough, you can expand it via the microSD slot, while dual-SIM support sweetens the deal even further. 

The W2014 features not one, but two, Super AMOLED screens: an external display for use when the device is closed, and an internal display to be used in conjunction with the rather old-school T9 keypad. Disappointingly, however, the resolution for both of these 3.7-inch displays is only WVGA (800x480px) - a surprising choice given the higher-end focus of the rest of the handset's spec sheet. 

As Engadget notes, China's iFeng.com, which got some hands-on time with the handset at its launch, had good things to say about its design and the keypad, but berated the plastics used in its construction - a common criticism of many of Samsung's devices. The site also noted that, while pricing and availability details have not yet been formally announced, the W2014 is expected to carry a price tag of over 10,000 CNY ($1,640 USD / £1,022 GBP / €1,220 EUR). 

That price tag will put it out of the range of many, but even if you're happy to pay that kind of money for the device, you may well be out of luck unless you live in China, as the handset looks destined to be exclusive to that market. 

Source: iFeng via Engadget | image via PCPOP

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I always wondered when the smart flip phones would hit the stores. Back in the day I only wanted the flip phone but with the current development I wonder if there even is a market for such phones.

It's a device that's aimed at the "rich people" market. The people that buy this phone aren't buying it for the specs. They're buying it for the 'look at me, I have an expensive phone' feeling. A phone like this will not do well in most markets.

Two 3.7" slabs seem like a bit too much size for a phone, especially a flip phone. That thing will probably look ridiculously over-sized when put to your face.
The price is also way above what this is worth (to me at least).

you know, I was thinking of getting this when it released as i think it looks good and i like flip phones. but i'm not getting it for that price, Samsung is freaking insane thinking it'll sell with that high of a price tag!

How much???
I remember reading about this phone on this site and thought 'cool' but I didn't realise the price point would be that high...

$1,600? Are the early '90s back or something got lost in the translation? I do not see what could justify the price of the device.

Fritzly said,
$1,600? Are the early '90s back or something got lost in the translation? I do not see what could justify the price of the device.

The internal specs are enough but the outside will put people off if they are not looking for a flip phone.

Fritzly said,
$1,600? Are the early '90s back or something got lost in the translation? I do not see what could justify the price of the device.

My guess: development costs + a very limited number of produced devices

devHead said,
I know, it reminds me of Apple, who still think we're in the '90s with the way they price their products.

Hurr durr, Apple sucks.

devHead said,
I know, it reminds me of Apple, who still think we're in the '90s with the way they price their products.

Yup, Apple computers are expensive... but you know what? I wouldn't trade my Retina MacBook Pro for any other laptop. Yeah it's expensive, but using this laptop is highly enjoyable. I don't feel they ripped me off.

myxomatosis said,

My guess: development costs + a very limited number of produced devices


It could be, I wonder who was the genius that approved the project though.....

dead.cell said,

Hurr durr, Apple sucks.

Ha ha. I didn't say Apple sucks, I said they were overpriced. Everybody knows that.

devHead said,

Ha ha. I didn't say Apple sucks, I said they were overpriced. Everybody knows that.

You know, there is a difference between 'expensive' and 'overpriced'. Oh wait you don't.

Jundor said,

You know, there is a difference between 'expensive' and 'overpriced'. Oh wait you don't.


No, when they charge $200 for an additional 6 GB of DDR3 RAM in their computers, that's overpriced. Are you actually saying that if Apple sells something it's just expensive, but never overpriced? I think you're the one that doesn't know. Enjoy your gallon of Kool-aid.

devHead said,
I know, it reminds me of Apple, who still think we're in the '90s with the way they price their products.

A ton of people love Apple products. Nobody wants a shoddy old flip phone these days. Especially not for a higher price than the best smartphones.

Computers aren't apples to apples. The software that the Macs come with is not comparable to what you get on a traditional Windows PC. Granted, Microsoft has their hands tied with the regulations they have to follow, but even so, form factor and software seem to always be excluded in these "comparisons". Not much sense in having them, considering people who want a Mac will buy one. See little sense in arguing the price of something you don't want.

I may be one of the few, but I actual enjoy a good flip phone. I remember the days of not having to worry about a smartphone data plan.

JHBrown said,
I may be one of the few, but I actual enjoy a good flip phone. I remember the days of not having to worry about a smartphone data plan.
Then that's no reason to love this flip phone...