Samsung Galaxy Folder

The mobile industry has come a long way over the past decade but a few years back, clamshell (aka flip) phones were all the rage with customers clamouring for a portable device that was functional and feature-rich yet small in the pocket.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen smartphones become the rage with touchscreens that continue to grow in size and clamshell phones have gone the way of other legacy form factors by almost disappearing from the market. Samsung however, is looking to bring the clamshell back and in the Galaxy Folder, we have the company’s latest Android clamshell smartphone, which was announced a couple of days ago and shares the same name as its predecessor from two years ago.

A user on YouTube has got their hands on the Galaxy Folder and uploaded an unboxing, which gives us our first real-life look at Samsung’s new Android clamshell device.

Based on the video, we can see the device brings back the iconic clamshell form factor and combines big buttons with a 3.8-inch touchscreen, which allows you to make the most of the Android operating system. Other notable specs of the smartphone include 8GB expandable storage, LTE, GPS, an 8MP rear camera, 2MP front facing camera and a 1800 mAh non-removable battery that should be plenty given the relatively small screen size.

The new Galaxy Folder is set to launch in South Korea next month with prices starting at around $250 for an unlocked smartphone. The handset probably won’t be released in other markets, which is a shame as – just like the LG Gentle – we can definitely see a demand from feature phone users looking to upgrade to their first smartphone.