Smartphones were a really big thing when they first appeared. Honestly, they still are. However, given their design, there is not a lot of wiggle room to play around with shapes when it comes to touchscreen handsets. Or at least, not when we think of the standard smartphones, with a large touchscreen on the front and a camera on the back. This is probably why Samsung is betting once again on the flip phones. They were quite popular at the beginning of the 2000’s and it seems the South Korean company wants to bring them back. The Samsung 2017 flip phone will soon reach Korea, according to an official of a local telecom carrier. It will most likely launch in other countries too after that.
Even though a flip phone might strike us as being outdated, the Samsung 2017 flip phone will actually be quite a high-end handset. According to The Investor, the folder phone will offer wireless charging, a fingerprint sensor, and Samsung Pay support. As we are already used to seeing incredibly thin devices, for some, the Samsung 2017 flip phone might seem to be quite chunky. However, images depicting the handset show a beautiful device. Of course, it is thicker than your average smartphone, but it still has its own magic.
The Samsung 2017 flip phone, only known by its model name, SM-W2017, will have two 4.2-inch OLED displays. When closed, the handset will have a normal size. However, when users flip it, the result will be a huge phone. Then again, if you think of the fact that people usually carry these handsets folded, this shouldn’t be a real problem for anyone. After all, it’s cool having not one but two beautiful displays to show off. Both are touchscreens to double the fun.
In terms of hardware, the Samsung 2017 flip phone, also known as the SM W2017, will probably feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset and will include 64GB of internal storage. The aforementioned sources didn’t shed any light on the random-access memory of the handset, but 4GB of RAM seems to be a safe bet. Also, some sources suggest a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset instead of the Snapdragon 430 SoC. The handset will also feature a 12MP primary camera and a 5MP selfie camera. The battery that keeps things running is a 2,300mAh one. This should easily ensure a whole day’s worth of battery life. Naturally, the handset will run on Android.
What really turns the Samsung 2017 flip phone into an interesting handset is the integration of certain high-end features. We already mentioned that the W2017 will sport a fingerprint sensor and that it will also offer support for Samsung Pay and wireless charging. Usually, we find these features only in high-end devices. Their presence on the W2017’s specs sheet suggests that this handset will come with a high-end price. It probably won’t be as expensive as Samsung’s latest flagship devices, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus, but it will likely come close.
According to the aforementioned official from a local carrier, there is also a possibility that the Samsung 2017 flip phone will be launched as a special edition model. Even though the majority of people still prefer a traditional smartphone, we’re quite sure that the flip phone will have its fans too. After all, if they weren’t great, we wouldn’t have been so popular back in the 2000’s. Would you like to own a flip phone? How much would you pay for it? Let us know in the comments section.