Philips is bringing back the once popular flip form factor in phones and this time around has implemented the design in one of its Android smartphone models. The Philips Xenium W9588 which was spotted last October has just been launched in China and is being sold at 4999 Yuan or roughly $824.
The device is being marketed as a smartphone for professionals and looks good in its aircraft grade aluminum body in black with gold accents. Unlike previous flip phone models where you have to open the device to view the screen, the W9588 is different as it has a display on the outside front cover as well as on the inside. This means that you can use this even if you don’t open it. Opening the device allows users to access the physical keypad.
Philips Xenium W9588 Technical Specifications
- Dimensions: 61.5 x 117.5 x 20.5 millimeters
- Weight: 330.3 grams (battery included)
- OS: Android 4.2
- Primary Display: 3.5 inch WGA IPS 480 x 800
- Secondary Display: 3.5 inch WGA IPS 480 x 800
- Cellular Networks: GSM900, GSM1800, UMTS2100 (B1)
- Cellular Data: GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA
- CPU: 1.2 GHz Quad Core MediaTek MT6589
- RAM: 1 GB
- ROM: 4 GB
- Expansion: microSD slot up to 32 GB
- Camera: 8 MP with flash
- Battery: 2600 mAh Li-ion
The device is quite large and its specs are similar to various mid-range Android devices currently being sold in China. It is also quite expensive and will cater to a niche market that’s into the flip form factor.
As of now there is still no information if this device will be released in the international market.
It looks like manufacturers are bringing the flip form factor to Android smartphones. Just recently Samsung unveiled its Android flip phone called the Samsung W2014 which also comes at a high price tag costing more than $1640.