With Samsung ruling everything, it’s started being more difficult than ever to find an Android niche where the Koreans are not among the stars. But when there aren’t any more niches to attack, why not invent a new one?

How about clamshell quad-core phones? That might sound like a bizarre idea with not many chances of success, but how can you know something is not right until you’ve tried it?

The SCH-W2013 has been uncovered getting certified by Chinese authorities, and, judging by its name, it should become the world’s first ever clamshell quad-core device sometime next year. We’re guessing not very late in 2013 however, considering both the regulatory approval and the set of photos leaked.

Now I know that most of you will find W2013’s design tacky or even fugly, but wait till you hear about its specs. Aside from a quad-core 1.4 GHz Exynos 4412 CPU, this outcast is also rumored to come with 2 GB of RAM, and dual 8 MP/2 MP cameras.

The out of the box OS is thought to be Android 4.0 ICS, although things might change by the time of the phone’s release, while the Achilles’ heel will probably be the WVGA 800 x 480 pixels resolution of the 3.3-inch AMOLED display. Then again, we don’t see how Samsung could have crammed more pixels in such a tiny screen or how it could have made the panel bigger when the “clam” also includes a 3.3-inch lower body with a physical keyboard.

The rest of the features “known” right now are much more standard and include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and microSD support. The massive two-part body will make the W2013 weigh in at 186 grams, while the thickness doesn’t sound very encouraging either, at a full 17 mm.

So, what do you guys think? Innovative or downright weird? Cool or ugly as heck?

  • ali

    samsung`s first ugly device

    • MasterMuffin

      not the first but yes some will find it ugly some wont

  • Tatsuya

    “but how can you know something is not right until you’ve tried it?”
    Do we really have to answer this one in this case?

  • MasterMuffin

    actually pretty cool if you don’t like touchscreen and want a powerful device

    • The question is what the fuck the power will be used for, because of the small screen size and low resolution.

      • MasterMuffin

        Think how smooth and fast it will be! The real question is how you use any android apps in it. ..

        • I think the front screen is a touchscreen. It is still such a waste of power though.

          • MasterMuffin

            Yep, but cool :D

  • DAngelo8

    How can it be uglier than a candy bar? It looks exactly like previous incarnations the SCH-899 and SCH-999 – dual screens editions. But why a number pad and not a qwerty keyboard? Back in the days of tiny screened smartphones with qwerty keyboards, like Palm Treo and Blackberries, I always thought clamshell designs would have been a great opportunity to increase the size of the screen without increasing the total size of the phone. But these days, I can’t see much advantage.

  • Majestic 12

    HTC Desire Z HD.


  • howie

    It is only med or does the phone have two screens?

  • Alex Ohannes

    I’d buy it as long as the screen is bigger than an iPhone 4.

  • Sondre Krumsvik

    If they get it to Norway I will buy it!

  • if samsung is going to go the clamshell phone route they should just update their Alias 2 phone. just make it thinner and update the specs/screen(s) but keep how the screen flips and how the QWERTY keyboard changes depending how the screen is flipped and slap android on it… then i would definitely get the phone.


    • lol i just e-mailed samsung about looking into updating the Alias 2

  • I don’t need 2 touchscreens, I need something like an updated Sharp Aquos 007sh