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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.
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November 4, 2013
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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?