Samsung W2013 Android clamshell handset unveiled

Samsung has officially unveiled the Samsung W2013, a new Android phone with a clamshell design on its Chinese website.

Clamshell handsets have quickly fallen out of favour in the smartphone world as most companies have adopted the large-screen “candybar” shape for their higher end devices. Samsung, however, appears to have ideas about bringing the flip-out look back – at least to the Far Eastern market – with the Samsung W2013.

The phone features a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 800 x 480p resolution that flips up to reveal a full hardware keypad (not a QWERTY keyboard, interestingly). The specs are fairly impressive: there’s a 1.4GHz quad-core processor running, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, microSD expansion and an 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p Full HD video recording capabilities at 30fps. The version of Android on board is 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

It’s a powerful enough device to suggest that Samsung thinks that there’s a significant market for flip phones in 2012 – although we wouldn’t expect it to venture out of China and other Far Eastern countries and make its way to Europe.

The Samsung W2013 price is also likely to put off many, with it being listed as $3,000 (£1,870) according to CoolSmartPhone.

Would you be interested in a high-end clamshell phone like the Samsung W2013, or is the flip smartphone dead and buried? Let us know your thoughts via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comments boxes below.

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