A rumored Samsung Android flip-phone has finally been confirmed as a real product. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the phone, dubbed the Samsung W2017, will likely never be released outside of its main target market of China. It also may be prohibitively expensive even if you live there.
The phone, which was previously rumored with the code name “Veyron”, was revealed by Samsung today. SamMobile reports that the all-metal body on the W2017 has 4.2-inch HD Super AMOLED internal and external displays. Inside, the phone has some high-end hardware, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. That’s excellent for a retro-style phone like this one.
The Samsung W2017 also has a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera, along with a 2,300mAh battery. The dual SIM smartphone has support for 4G LTE networks and it even has support for fast wireless charging and a fingerprint sensor.
All of that hardware inside a flip-phone design sounds pretty cool to us. Samsung has not yet announced when the W2017 will launch in China, nor has a price been revealed. SamMobile speculates that this device is going to be very expensive, predicting that it could be as high as 20,000 yuan, or nearly $3,000. That may be the biggest reason why we will never get this phone.
Would you like to see a high-end Android flip-phone sold in the U.S., at a more reasonable price?