Almost a year back, Samsung had launched the clamshell phone called Galaxy Folder in South Korea. Now it’s all set to launch the Galaxy Folder 2 (2016) as the successor for last year’s Galaxy Folder. The new device with the model number SM-G1600 is listed on GFXbench revealing the specifications. We also expect the device to feature the same design as its predecessor. It might come with a polycarbonate shell and metal hinge.
Earlier the company also launched the high-end clamshell phone Samsung W2016 which features dual displays and metal body. Compared to W2016, the Galaxy Folder comes with an affordable price tag and basic specifications. The Galaxy Folder 2 comes with the same 3.8-inch touchscreen display with WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) resolution. It runs on the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the highly customized TouchWiz UI laid on top.
It is powered by the 64-bit Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz and coupled with Adreno 308 GPU and 2GB of RAM. There is 16GB of onboard storage that can be further expanded via MicroSD card slot. It has an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash that can record videos at Full HD resolution. On the front, the Galaxy Folder 2 features a 5MP fixed focus camera which can also record Full HD videos.
Earlier this year, Gionee launched the clamshell Gionee W909 with dual 4.2-inch HD display and Helio P10 octa-core SoC. It has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and 2530mAh battery. There is a 16MP PDAF camera on the back and a 5MP selfie camera on the front. The Gionee W909 is also the first clamshell phone to feature the fingerprint sensor. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop based Amigo UI.
Apart from China and South Korea, we haven’t seen major launches of clamshell devices in any other country. We expect the device to be made official soon in South Korea or China. Stay tuned for more details!