Samsung Galaxy Golden officially announced

August 22, 2013

    Samsung Galaxy Golden

    So you thought flip phones were dead did you? Well think again, as the Galaxy Golden, or the Galaxy Folder as it was previously known, has finally been made official, and it will soon be hitting the shelves in South Korea.

    The device has cropped up in a few rumors recently, but we can now confirm the handset’s details after its officially unveiling which took place yesterday. The handset will be available on SKT and KT carriers in South Korea, and it will be priced at 799,700 won on release.

    The Galaxy Golden is a sort of budget orientated product, and it’s only packing a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. But that isn’t to say that it’s featureless, the handset also comes with an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.9 megapixel front facing one, a built in FM radio, and it will have full LTE support as well. The device’s display is 3.7 inches in size, which quite decent for a flip phone, and it also comes with an 1820mAh battery.

    I have to admit that I’m actually a little intrigued to see how Android works with an older handset design, but unfortunately the chances of this phone ever leaving Korea is slim to none.

    Even though the Galaxy Golden probably won’t end up on a shelf near you, would you be interested in an Android powered clamshell phone, or should the old design be laid to rest?

    Comments

    • MasterMuffin

      Should be laid to rest. Those who need flip phones (young children, old people) don’t need a smart flip phone!

      • Ivan Myring

        What about my mum?!

        • MasterMuffin

          What about her? :P

          • Michael

            My old mum needs an old phone too. ^.^

            • Laszlo Demeter

              She need an old phone with the old Bada, but not with Android :P

              I’m wondering if the screen is touchscreen or not.

            • jan

              You can use it as a touchscreen. You can just fold the keyboard part back and use it like a normal touchscreen smart phone.

            • Laszlo Demeter

              Thanks for details. I really had no time to read tech news this days, especially about this phone. Pretty expensive and kinda weird for 2013.

      • susan

        Why’s the flip phone a design only for young and old people? Sometimes, I’m tired of all the touch screens but the buttons on the blackberry type of keyboard is too small. I at least want the option to choose a phone with all the same specs as a smartphone that has physical buttons again.

        • MasterMuffin

          Well I’d rather have a phone with qwerty

      • Timmy

        Thank you Guru Muffin for enlightening us on our phone needs. We’d be lost without you. A tremendous weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I now see the error of my ways. Got any stock tips?

        • MasterMuffin

          Just my opinion… Stock tips: buy general mills :P

          • lil bit

            Physical numeric keypad is the most efficient way for text input when using Korean/Chinese characters.

            • MasterMuffin

              I admit that I was a little stupid, I forgot that this is Asia only

    • jjordan

      Options are always a good thing… clam shell phones are going to lead to a new smartphone design that introduces the flexible displays

    • Coletta Fuentes

      I think clam shell smart phone would be a good way to introduce an older generation, that has refused up to this point, into the smartphone era.

      • lil bit

        It’s not ment for kids or Old, target is young active Korean people who love to text and chat. Physical numeric keypad is the most efficient way for text input when using Korean/Chinese characters.

    • Ryan Castle

      799,700 won = $713.
      Dafuq is Samsung thinking?

    • Michael Chastain

      I love people taking a chance and doing something different, but this one isn’t for me. I just wish Samsung would release a high quality portrait slider with a great keyboard like they used to for Windows Mobile. That was my favorite form factor ever.

      • lil bit

        With yah there. But it has to be an Xperia, since Xperia Pro had the best keyboard ever. Sony Xperia Pro II.

        We need full HD sideslider quad-core 2gb ram. With big battery for heavy use.

    • EvenInTheDarkestHour

      It does look kinda cool, and…I.Like.Gold….

    • najiy91

      old memories with samsung flip phones.mono colour and polyphonic ringtone.love it.

    • Carter

      I’d want this phone. I do like my smartphone, but having a flip phone again, that has the capabilities of a smart phone, that would be pretty bitchin’

    • bluemoogle

      budget orientated @$700

    • kycayman

      the question I have is – is it a touch screen as well.

    • Bryan Z

      I have come to the conclusion that Samsung does not have a market research team but a huge budget for coming up with new stuff so here is the result: a flip phone! GENIUS!

      • Nootral

        It’s for the Korean market. How much research does a Korean company need to come up with this product. Look at the number pad, it’s a hint

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