The clamshell phone won’t die, and the Galaxy Folder is the living proof

August 2, 2013
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Clamshell devices are still a thing, and Samsung is sprucing them up with Android to make them more attractive.

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Remember the last time you used a clamshell phone? It was probably in the 2000s, right? Clamshells, like the original Razr, had a satisfying “click” to them and they were compact. For some people, they still are the perfect form factor, but without a modern operating system, clamshells are woefully inadequate.

Samsung knows that, hence the Galaxy Folder, a crazy dual-display clamshell phone that runs Android and packs some serious specifications. We’re looking at a Snapdragon 400, 2GB of RAM, a 3.67-inch AMOLED display (800 x 480), and a second display of unspecified type and resolution that replaces the traditional keyboard. Save for the display and the weird folding form factor, this phone is actually almost on par with a Galaxy S3. Not bad for a phone that will definitely get people’s attention, though probably not entirely in a good way.

References to the phone were discovered in a Samsung manual, so the Folder isn’t yet official. Assuming that Samsung would make it available outside its home country, would you be interested?

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