When you hear “clamshell” what springs to mind is a feature phone with old-school design offering only basic functionality. And how does “flip phone” and “smartphone” sound in one sentence? Unusual, isn’t it? That’s because we haven’t seen many of such devices, which doesn’t mean that they ceased to exist. In fact, Samsung has brought back the flip smartphone with Android on board.
Samsung SM-G9098 Android Flip Smartphone
Samsung’s latest Android smartphone with clamshell design is called SM-G9098 and has been just listed on the company’s Chinese website. If it wasn’t for the square corners, you could mistake the phone for the Galaxy S II. The back, however, with its faux leather design resembles the Galaxy Note 3. The device weighs in at 179 grams and has dimensions of 117 x 59.5 x 15.8 mm, so it’s almost twice as thick as an average smartphone and pretty heavy too.
If you expect poor hardware only because it’s a flip phone, you will be surprised to learn that the SM-G9098 actually has quite a lot to offer. The handset features two Super AMOLED screens, both measuring 3.67 inches diagonally and offering WVGA (480 x 800) resolution. The external display has touchscreen capabilities, so you can use the SM-G9098 as an oridnary smartphone when closed. Flip the phone open and you get a large internal display and alphanumeric keypad with square navigation key.
The device is powered by a quad-core 2.3 GHz processor, possibly Snapdragon 800, and comes with 2 GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing shooter and a 1,900 mAh battery. There is no word on internal memory, but the SM-G9098 does have microSD slot for storage expansion. The phone runs Android (though it’s unclear which version) with TouchWiz on top and supports dual SIM and dual standby. Connectivity features include GSM (tri-band 2G and dual-band 3G), TD-SCDMA (3G), dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS with GLONASS.
It’s very unlikely that the SM-G9098 will ever make it outside of China. The phone will be carried by China Mobile, however, pricing is unknown at the moment.