Rumors of Samsung’s flip phone running on Android surfaced a couple of months ago and most of us did not believe that they could be true – a flip phone in this age of bar thin smartphones just didn’t seem feasible. Weeks later, though, images of the dual-screen Samsung Hennessy running on Android OS surfaced and it looked pretty good. Samsung launched the first quad-core flip phone running Android OS, the Samsung Hennessy just the other day for the Chinese market and today, they have followed it up with the Samsung Galaxy Golden SHV-E400.
Samsung has officially launched the Samsung Galaxy Golden SHV-E400 in Korea. This phone shares a lot in common with the Hennessy besides the clamshell design and the dual screens. It comes with two 3.7 inch super AMOLED screens – one on the inside and another on the outside – a dual-core 1.7 GHz processor and 2 GB RAM to match and launches with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The phone has a ton of features that are typical with modern-day Android smartphones including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity options, an FM radio and GPS. It also boasts of an 8 megapixels rear camera and a number pad – the old school phone pad and all the controls phones used to have back then.
The phone comes packed with tools including a business card, S Health, WatchOn app to watch TV programs and S Translator to translate as many as 12 languages vocally and in text. Samsung launched the Galaxy Golden in Korea on the telecoms SKT and KT carriers for KRW790,000 (roughly $700, quite a steep price for the hardware specs) and it will be available in Champagne Gold color.
There was no word on whether this or other model variations will be coming to other markets, but let’s hope that the Koreans buy the Galaxy Golden and the Chinese to make the Hennessy a success for Sam to consider making clamshell flip phones available in other markets as well.