Samsung is the only major manufacturer still making smartphones with the clamshell form factor today, and the maker of the explosive Galaxy Note 7 has now revealed its latest flagship Android flip phone. We had heard about the Samsung W2017 a few times in recent months, with live images of the device having shown us what it would look like in its final form. Samsung has made the device official for the Chinese market, with the phone listed on the company’s website in the country.
The W2017 has a premium design with specs that match Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7 flagships, although some of the latter’s features – like an iris scanner and a USB Type-C port – aren’t present on the clamshell phone. The device has 4.2-inch displays on the outside and inside, with Full HD resolution and Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology. Under the hood resides a Snapdragon 820 processor, accompanied by 4GB of RAM for multitasking needs.
There’s a 12-megapixel camera on the back with f/1.7 aperture and 4K video recording, a 5-megapixel front camera with f/1.9 aperture, 64GB of expandable internal storage, a 2,300 mAh battery, and 4G LTE connectivity. The W2017 runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box, with Samsung’s custom user interface and features like Always On Display and support for Samsung Pay. Wireless charging and a fingerprint sensor are on-board as well. The phone is available in gold and a dark blue paint job.
Samsung’s high-end clamshell Android devices have traditionally been exclusive to the Chinese market, and the W2017 is likely to see the same fate (although a launch in Samsung’s home country is also possible). Samsung hasn’t revealed pricing details yet, but SamMobile believes the device could be priced around 20,000 yuan (SGD 4,150), which is almost double the price of the W2017 from last year. It’s insane pricing, especially at a time when consumer trust in Samsung smartphones is at an all-time low, but those still interested in the form factor and with the necessary cash are probably not going to mind.