Samsung launches 'Master' clamshell smartphone in S. Korea

Remember the clamshell design of cell phones back in the early-2000s which rarely offered anything besides calling? It may be making a comeback with the new Samsung "Master" smartphone.

The new smartphone, which was announced for South Korea, will sport a design that is similar to the Samsung Galaxy S5 as well as the Note III with its faux-leather front and back all in a retro clamshell design. This will give the phone a premium look and feel although the specs are nothing to boast about.

There will be 2G and 3G variants with colors ranging from Metallic Silver, Montblanc Black and Red Wine to choose from. The hardware is made up of a three inch 320x240 QVGA screen, a 3MP camera on the back, FM radio, and a pedometer Despite the fact that these specs are far below what is currently offered in a smartphone, having a 1000mAH battery, costing just $240 and having a clamshell body will surely appeal to consumers that are still using feature phones.

Samsung currently has no plans to offer the smartphone outside of South Korea.

Source: Samsung | Images via Samsung

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I love them too. Still do. However, none of them have good specs.

I image a 4 inch screen size on clam shell that is still pretty thin and had a good touch screen. Also add outside liquid paper display for all my notifications. The once that barely uses the battery.

panacea said,
I love them too. Still do. However, none of them have good specs.

I image a 4 inch screen size on clam shell that is still pretty thin and had a good touch screen. Also add outside liquid paper display for all my notifications. The once that barely uses the battery.


That sounds lovely for a phone.

It sure looks nicer than the blue plastic on my GS3. Depends how it feels, if it's OK and adds some drop resistance I think it could work for me.

Yeah, It is not bad. Better then many other cheaper plastic finishes, thats for sure!

No where near the premium feel of aluminium or high grade polycarbonate phones!
But very usable never the less!