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Samsung W2014 brings the power of Snapdragon 800 into a flip phone form factor, costs over $1,500

It’s 2013 and for most of us, the flip-phone has become nothing more than a relic of the past. That's not the case in China however, where the Samsung W2014 clamshell has just been officially unveiled.
November 4, 2013

It’s 2013 and for most of us, the flip-phone has become nothing more than a relic of the past. In select parts of Asia things are quite different, however.

Particularly in China, Samsung-made Android-powered clamshell devices have actually done quite well in recent years. This success even led Samsung to release the Galaxy Golden Android flip-phone in its home country of South Korea.

Now Samsung is gearing up for a new flip phone aimed at the Chinese market, an extremely high-end luxury device that one-ups even the Galaxy S4 in terms of hardware, with the exception of the displays.

The new SCH-W2014 is powered by a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU with 2GB RAM. Other specs include 32GB storage, 13MP main cam, 2MP front cam, and dual-SIM support. On the not so impressive side, the device’s two displays are just 3.7-inch Super AMOLEDs with resolutions of 800 x 480.

Considering the specs, you’d think this bad boy would retail for somewhere around maybe $500 or $600. Nope, China Telecom intends to introduce the SCH-W2014 at a price of roughly $1,640. If you think that’s expensive, last year’s flagship clamshell model (SCHW-W2013) retailed for well over $2,500.

Samsung has been producing clamshell Android devices for years now, but so far has yet to consider the possibility of launching such a device globally. IF Samsung ever did bring a clamshell model over to your local market, would you be interested – provided the price was more in-line with similarly spec’d devices? Conversely, do you feel the design is tacky and dated?