Clamshell phone lovers are in for a special treat as Samsung is planning to release its second Android clamshell phone hybrid in just a matter of months. Samsung’s new clamshell phone, the SCH-W999, will take the place of its predecessor from last year, the SCH-W899.

Sharp was the first company to introduce the clamshell/candybar hybrid in the form of the Sharp Aquos Hybrid 007SH to be powered by Android, and since its inception, mobile phone manufacturers are getting into the bandwagon to try their luck on the once-popular form factor.  Samsung seems to be jumping on the bandwagon, too.

There isn’t much detail on the Samsung SCH-W999’s specifications, but there are a couple of tidbits that fans of the clamshell phone might find it useful. According to sources the phone features two, 3.5-inch screens, which users can flip open to use the phone’s keypad. Or, they can choose to go full screen with the aid of three touch buttons on the front screen.

The device boasts a WVGA AMOLED screen that supports 800×480 resolution, Bluetooth 3.0, a 5-mega pixel camera, and a Qualcomm MSM8660 processor. Rumor has it that the device will likely be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Reports regarding the SCH-W999 release date has not yet been confirmed and just like its older brother, the device may not be available in American and European markets as it is mainly targeted to Chinese consumers. Judging by the looks of it, Samsung has redefined the once glorified clamshell candy form factor by innovating it to support two touch screens at the same time.

Paul Nuñal

Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where “X” equals the number of CPU cores.