Feeds

Samsung brings back clamshell phones with added Android

'Galaxy Folder' can be fondled like it's 1996

Mobile application security vulnerability report

Samsung is reportedly bringing back the flip phone, adding Android and a pair of 3.7-inch touch screens to a form factor popular in the first GSM phones of the mid-1990s.

Japanese blog Ringer's Blue Men spotted a manual (PDF) for the new handset. Dated July 2013 and labelled version 1.0, the manual leaves no doubt it's an Android beast, mentioning several Google services in English and, on page 45, including the operating system's distinctive “draw your unlock pattern” logon screen.

The phone's reportedly called the “Galaxy Folder”.

That the manual is in Korean is notable, as Samsung has kept the clamshell form factor alive in China but has not bothered bringing it elsewhere. That this new phone will be sold in Samsung's home market is a sign the company feels some extra product differentiation is required to reach and satisfy some market niches.

That satisfaction will probably come in the form of a vanilla Android experience through a 3.67 inch, 800x480 AMOLED touch screen on the outside of the clamshell, a size and resolution that puts it firmly in the mid-market. Just what's on offer inside is a little more mysterious. As the illustrations we've assembled from the manual show, when flipped open the phone offers a numeric keypad and eight-way controller with central button. We do know there's 2GB of RAM, an LTE radio, WiFi and a 1.7 Ghz Snapdragon 400 Dual Core under the skin.

Samsung Galaxy Folder Flip Phone

There's nothing in the manual to suggest a second interface for the internal screen, but it seems odd to suppose it is a touch screen given the presence of the old-school controller.

There's no word on whether Samsung plans to sell the phone beyond Korea. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax
Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple ran off to IBM
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Apple gets patent for WRIST-PUTER: iTime for a smartwatch
It does everything a smartwatch should do ... but Apple owns it
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.