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

by: Bogdan PetrovanAugust 2, 2013

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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?

  • Jack Parker

    Why such a low res display? At least put a semi decent, not quite 720p on there

    • It’s a small screen.

    • Arch Thor

      It has the same resolution as the Galaxy SII, only in a smaller screen, it comes to a point that is hard to put so many pixels in such a tiny space.

  • Wilmer Murillo

    Nope, thanks.

  • Mike Kister

    My wife would love this!

  • zgryfx

    Great device… if we were living in 2003.

  • Bill

    Yep, my wife would go for this.

  • najiy91

    i miss the motorola v3!its stylish when i flip my phone!

    • najiy91

      i miss motorola l6 and l7 too!

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  • Sharfa

    My mom would get this. My whole family got new phones a few weeks ago. I got the Galaxy S4 and my mom got an old school flip phone. I remember the T-Mobile guy scratching his head! Hey at least her portion of the bill is only $10 a month!

  • TornZero

    I would buy it. Turn my HTC One into my everything player (since it already is when my laptop isn’t around), use the Folder as the actual phone.

  • Qliphah

    Oh how I loved my Motorola Pebble, best flip phone ever designed. I just wonder if Samsung even considered the spring loaded flip the Pebble did… or maybe moto still owns the patent on it.

  • verts

    I will buy one, just don’t put premium display on outer front cover, it destroy the need of such “clamshell” protection.

    Put premium display on inside.
    Front cover can use e-ink which is always-on.

  • Cal Rankin

    Then we get the modern operating system and the satisfaction of angrily snapping our phones shut after a bad phone call. Hitting “end call” just doesn’t cut it.

  • Cal Rankin

    This should go nicely with my Android home phone.