The move to remove the traditional headphone jack from the new iPhones has been dubbed a “courageous” move by Apple, and one that will take audio on smartphones – at least in its wireless form – a step into the future. But while the Cupertino giant has been touting its boldness to think about the future, its biggest competitor, Samsung, is keeping one leg firmly in the past. A new clamshell phone from the Korean manufacturer has leaked out in images, revealing that it isn’t yet ready to leave behind the flip phone form factor.
The SM-W2017 is a successor to the SM-W2016 from last year and is expected to offer all the flagship features found on Samsung’s main Galaxy S line. There are even two features from the Galaxy Note 7 – the USB Type-C port and 64GB of built-in storage to be exact – although there’s no iris scanner on the SM-W2017. The phone has glass on the front and back, and both sides of the upper part of the device are said to have 4.2-inch Super AMOLED displays. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 820 processor along with 4GB of RAM. A traditional keypad resides on the lower half of the phone; the cameras are said to be 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors on the front and back, and there’s also a fingerprint sensor below the primary camera. On the software front, the device should feature Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The SM-W2017 will reportedly support NFC connectivity and Samsung Pay. Previous devices in the series have been sold with the Galaxy Golden moniker in some markets, and it is likely the SM-W2017 will be the Galaxy Golden 4 when it launches. Initial availability will probably be limited to China and South Korea, markets where – according to Samsung – flip phones are still in considerable demand. There’s no word on when the SM-W2017 will be made official – the SM-W2016 was announced in November last year, and we can expect the SM-W2017 to be unveiled in the same month this year.