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Samsung bringing back the flip phone with Galaxy Folder


Galaxy Folder
Samsung Galaxy Folder

Samsung is bringing back the once-ubiquitous flip phone form factor in the shape of a mid-range Android smartphone dubbed the Galaxy Folder.

That's according to a manual discovered by Japanese blog Ringer's Blue Men on Samsung's own website. The PDF file is dated July 2013, and is labelled as version 1.0.

As you can see from the main image, this is a pretty traditional-looking flip phone complete with a numeric keypad and an eight-way thumb-pad on one surface and a small display on the other. However, there are a number of mentions of various Google services in English (the manual is largely in Korean, as you might expect) indicating that the Galaxy Folder runs on Android.

One other interesting point of differentiation from older flip phones - and a nod to the current smartphone scene - is the presence of a 3.7-inch 800 x 480 AMOLED touchscreen on the outside of the device.

Driving home that modern mid-range feel, the Samsung Galaxy Folder appears to be powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, which is backed by a healthy 2GB of RAM. It also supports 4G LTE.

Details are understandably sketchy at present, and it's unclear whether we'll ever see the Samsung Galaxy Folder outside of its native South Korea. Still, it's nice to see this blast from the past - even if its purpose seems questionable outside of nostalgic gimmick-value.

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Via: The Register

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Joe Bloggs

November 21, 2013, 3:40 am

Well over half of the people on this planet don't carry handbags yet this phone has one screen on the OUTSIDE! How long will this last when the phone is in a pocket containing a wallet, car-keys and loose change? It is possible for men to carry phones safely however if they buy themselves a military pattern shirt that has button-down breast pockets. One good pattern of shirt is U.S.M.C Shirt/SURVIVAL M-94 Personally I find that having to wear special clothes just because one has a mobile, is very inconvenient.

There are however one or two models of flip phones that have no buttons to get pressed and no screens to get broken on the outside but these are few and far between. All the ones on offer seem to be very basic 2G models without a camera. Personally I have found the Motorola RAZr V3 to be "fair" but the later and enhanced V3i which has a larger external screen, which breaks, I rate as "poor". The Samsung Pebble is quite good however but its tiny screen is not very good for text messages and unlike the RAZr there is no camera. .

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