Samsung launches W2016, a Galaxy S6 trapped inside a flip phone body

by: Bogdan PetrovanNovember 20, 2015

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The Samsung W2016 is a Galaxy S6 trapped inside a flip phone body. Or is it the other way?

Spotted earlier this week in China’s TENAA listings, the W2016 has received a quiet official launch. But that’s about the only quiet thing about this flip phone, which features a decadent Galaxy S6-inspired design and an equally outrageous spec sheet.

Some may call the W2016 excessive. But for Samsung, and presumably certain demographic groups in Asia, this dual-screened device makes total sense. Just like the Galaxy S6, the W2016 comes with a sculpted aluminum frame, a curved metal back, and metallic accents. Even the speaker perforations and USB slot on its bottom evoke Samsung’s early 2015 flagship.

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Coming in gold or silver, the device is rather heavy, at 204 grams. It’s also 15.1 mm thick when closed, but that’s the price you need to pay for style, not to mention the two 3.9-inch 1280 x 768 AMOLED displays and T9 numeric keypad.


Specs include an Exynos 7420 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. The rear camera is 16MP, while the front one is 5MP. The device runs the Chinese version of Samsung’s TouchWiz, based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. There’s also wireless charging, a 2000 mAh battery, and dual-SIM LTE.

For all intents and purposes, the W2016 is a genuine, if very unusual, Android flagship.

We don’t have info on the price of the Samsung W2016, or its eventual availability outside of China. For some reason, flip (smart)phones are still a thing in East Asia, but we would be surprised if Samsung sold the W2016 elsewhere.

  • saksham

    Samsung getting weird again

    • abqnm

      Asia is a weird market for phones and always has been. Samsung is just catering to the market.

      That said, if this were available in the US, I’d probably get one just for fun.

  • Daggett Beaver

    I’ve seen a lot of articles on this, but only one I read weeks ago listed a price, and it was very low. Maybe that article was wrong. I’d love to know what this sells for.

  • jpswain

    This sounds like a good way to keep the screens protected while giving a small footprint with lots of screen space. I hope that it is released in the United States. I’d buy one.

  • Maestrae

    this will be a great device for retro fans :)

    • abqnm

      T9 is the best one-handed texting solution ever made. I still miss it at times.

    • coldspring22 .

      Not retro – nothing beats easy calling on a flip phone. For people who make lots of calls and still need smart phone functionality, this is the best option out there. Actually this phone is just last iteration in series of smart flip phones that Samsung has been making catering to this market niche. That’s what’s great about Android, there is huge variety of phones out there to suit different people’s life style and needs.

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    • Too expensive for most retro fans I’ve heard from another site it’s around $1,565 .

  • Arne Larsen

    They should call it samsung galaxy flip 6

    • Adam Balm

      Samsung Galaxy Flip S6 Plus Pro Active Dual

      • jasonlowr

        Hahaha so funny. I tried my best to laugh.

      • Rida

        i was gonna respond with a similar title

  • Pez Smith

    Is that battery capacity correct for such a thick phone?

    • abqnm

      Seems to be. Remember the thickness is when closed. So the top half has two screens in it and the bottom half has, presumably the motherboard, plus the keypad and the battery.

      With the screen resolution of 1280×768, and considering only one screen would be in use at a time, 2000mAh doesn’t seem too unreasonable. It will probably get about the same battery life as the S6 with its QHD display.

  • Francis Goh

    You’re not the first… LG had the WINE…

    Wondering: How lasting is the battery ?

    • Colton Blumhagen

      Probably not good considering how small the battery is.

    • Noel

      This isn’t Samsung’s first Android flip phone. The W2013 was introduced in December of 2012.

  • kind of ugly for me

  • christos

    We would like to have some devices in Greece! Amazing phone!!

  • This is it! The one I’ve been looking for. I needed exactly this phone with big keypad.
    My mother missed her 3210nokia and since then I never found a right replacement for her. I tried the S3 but she did not seem impressed.
    My prediction is that there is a considerable market with this design. Just make sure it is not a battery drainer.

  • This things overpriced, nice for old school, but meh.

  • Roland Schweiger

    Flipphones (clamshells, folders) are definitely NOT retro or “for old people” or “mega out”, although many people appear to think this way. Clamshells are very very robust and good in usability when coming into everyday-life situations where operation with touch-only systems becomes difficult, e.g. in high sunlight, on a building site, outdoor situations where you have to make many calls quickly etc. etc. Also, people with visual handicap or other handicap or difficulty can adapt to clamshells more easily than touch only. I really hope that the W2016 will become available in Europe (and US and other parts of the world, not only Asia). Currently I use the Samsung Golden GT-i9235 which became available in HongKong at the end of 2013 and is an international version. So please all you journalists, vendors, importing companies etc. please apply some pressure on the manufacturers (in this case Samsung) to make clamshells with high end features available in EU, US and all continents. The W2016 does convince with its highend technical specifications.

  • joel alejandro

    I love it, I definitely would buy if they sell here.

  • Not uncommon here in Asia at all. For example, Softbank and Yahoo Mobile here in Japan will be releasing this flip Android in a few days:

  • MikeyLimo

    Oh how I hope this phone is released in America

  • Herman Blume

    There is no practical use for this type of design anymore. It’s a nifty looking phone and that’s it.