Samsung Galaxy Folder is on the way. Low end Android clamshell for Korea
Do you remember when you last used a clamshell phone? In the last few years, full touch screen slabs more or less killed once popular mobile phone form factor.
And now Samsung wants to revive it.
Multiple Korean sites today are quoting an unnamed Samsung executive, who says that in a few weeks Sammy will launch a new Android clamshell device called Galaxy Folder in Korea.
Galaxy Folder will come with traditional T9 phone keypad, LTE support, Snapdragon S4 dual core CPU and new user interface designed for mobile folding and smallish 800x480px display.
Samsung Galaxy Folder is not the first Samsung’s Android flip phone. Last year they had a luxury “Jackie Chan phone” clamshell in China. But it was weirdly expensive – somewhere between 2000 and 3000 US$, so I wonder whether they managed to sell more than 10 of them.
Samsung Galaxy Folder, on the other hand, promises to be a pretty cheap phone and will be a good test of demand for the flip phone form factor. If enough Koreans take it up, we may even see the Folder launched in other markets as well.