Clamshell phones still seem to be in existance when it comes to certain regional markets including China and Japan. However, the clamshell smartphones usually come equipped with a midrange hardware configurations. Samsung is set to change this with W2017, it’s latest Android flip phone that comes powered with Snapdragon 820.
Last year around Samsung had launched a dual-display Android clamshell phone called the W2016 and needless to say the W2017 is its successor. The phone comes equipped with two 4.2-inch FHD AMOLED display and is powered by the Snapdragon 820 SoC clocked at 2.1GHz alongside 4GB of RAM. On the storage front, the W2017 offers 64GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot that can further accommodate a staggering 256GB. Furthermore, the device comes with the usual array of connectivity options including Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and a Micro-USB port which also doubles up as a headphone jack.
The imaging part is managed by a 12-Megapixel primary sensor with f/1.7, 4K support and a 5-Megapixel secondary sensor with a f/1.9. Backing up the Samsung 2017 is a 2300mAh battery that promises a standby time of up to 64 hours and supports fast wireless charging. Clamshell phones usually end being on the heavier side and the W2017 weighing at 208 gms is no different. Samsung has also equipped the device with a fingerprint scanner and it is already listed on the company website. In line with its predecessor, the Samsung W2017 will not be sold outside China.
Samsung is yet to reveal the pricing of the W2017 but folks at Sammobile suggests that the phone might be priced around CNY 20,000 (approx.$2957/Rs 1.98 Lakh). The exorbitant price tag means that the W2017 will cost twice as much as the predecessor and is aimed at a certain consumer niche that prefers shelling out thousands of Dollars for a phone that folds and comes with two relatively small screens.