Samsung isn't one to dither when it comes to bringing in new designs and concepts, and if BlackBerry can dare to flirt with physical keypads by launching the Priv, the Korean giant surely can work on the flip!
Not too long ago, we thought that flip phones had overstayed their welcome in the smartphone markets, unless they cost somewhere around £20. But Samsung managed to startle us all by registering a premium flip phone with China's certification agency TENAA.
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Images suggest that the new device looks like any other flip phone, but a look at the specs makes it clear that it is anything but. It features a glass and metal body like the Galaxy S series phones, and one of the glass displays curves towards the edges, giving it a premium and stylish look.
The device also features a prominent home button below the hinge followed by user-friendly physical keypads which look quite comfortable to the eye.
The upper body contains a display on both sides, both being 3.9-inch tall and featuring resolutions of 1280 x 768p. Even though the resolution seems not quite up to the mark, there's little point in having a Quad HD resolution in a sub 4-inch screen.
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The phone also holds impressive 16 MP rear and a 5MP front cameras but we can't tell you yet about new features or sensors in these cameras. Not until Samsung releases a full list of specifications.
As far as internal engines are concerned, the flip phone is quite impressive. A 64-bit Exynos 7420 processor (also in the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge) is supported by 3GB of RAM and the phone can store up to 64 gigs of additional data. The phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop OS.
Considering that Samsung has registered the new device, it will surely release it somewhere to begin with. However, I won't hold my breath over its availability in the UK. If it does hit the shores, we'll be the first to let you know!