Here’s a nutty idea of blending the past and future of mobile tech – putting Android on a flip phone. You know, the kind of handhelds that everyone owned or dreamed of owning a half a decade ago. Just with Android on top of it all.
Not sure what the target audience might be there, but apparently Samsung sees a market niche in need to be exploited. The Koreans have already introduced two Android clamshells last year, the GT-B9120 for China and SCH-W2013 for Korea, and apparently these have been successful enough to warrant a follow-up.
Enter the Galaxy Folder (cool name, eh?), due out in August on KT and SK Telecom, the two biggest wireless providers in South Korea. Confirmed by a Samsung official already, the phone carries the model numbers SHV-E400S and SHV-E400K, but doesn’t have very many specifics attached to its name.
In fact, all we have is that vague ETA, plus the promise it’ll be extremely budget-conscious while packing a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 4G LTE speeds and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Oh, yeah, and apparently the touchscreen (there will be one in addition to a physical keyboard) will boast a modest 800 x 480 pixels resolution.
Not exactly groundbreaking, but hey, if you’re ever hit by nostalgia and want to give someone a call old school, this might just be the thing for you. All that remains to be seen is how Android will behave in a sorta, kinda unfriendly environment.