Samsung’s unexpected revival of the flip phone seemed like a (bad) joke at first, when the overpriced and retro-looking (read fugly) SCH-W999 and SCH-W2013 saw daylight over in China.
Yet believe it or not, the Android clamshell duo made quite the impact on the Asian smartphone market (or so we presume), warranting the intro of not one, but two sequels.
First, the Hennessy, aka SCH-W789, was announced, again as a China-exclusive device, but this time on a more affordable note, and then it was Galaxy Golden’s turn to teleport us all to a very distant past through a surprisingly clever dual-screen design and mostly mid-range features.
A fairly steep price tag too (roughly $700 in Korea), albeit once again it appears we missed something. Something that made this Golden (not that one) extremely desirable for nostalgia-filled folks.
Otherwise, how can you explain yet another flip phone running Android is already in the works? And this time, Samsung is actually planning to go all in on specs. Well, save for the dual Super AMOLED screens, which will still be quite tiny, at 3.67 inches, and meager as far as resolution goes (800 x 480 pixels).
Beneath the hood though, there really won’t be anything to make the SM-W2014 ashamed of sharing the same last name as the Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3. That’s right, word around the street is this “party like it’s 2000” fellow will pack a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. And 2 gigs of RAM. No, really.
Of course, the intel is far from confirmed, so it has to be treated with caution, but Tenaa, which is China’s FCC equivalent, has recently given the W2014 its blessing, so chances are we’re only a couple of months away from a commercial launch. Thank God government shutdowns are an American thing, huh?
Meanwhile, we have to underline odds are slim to none to ever see the top-notch clamshell land on another carrier than China Telecom. Unless China Mobile or China Unicom also decide to pick it up. Or maybe one or two Korean networks under a slightly modified model number.
Aside from the bonkers CPU/RAM combo, Tenaa reveals a number of other intriguing W2014 specs, namely a 13 MP rear-facing camera, 2 MP secondary snapper, pre-loaded Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0.
Tipping the scales at 173 grams (why so heavy?), the handheld apparently measures 116.85 x 59.4 x 15.79 mm (ew for that last part). Now how about it, fellas? Would you or won’t you ever give something like this a shot? And what’s the most you’d be willing to pay for it?