Samsung flip phone

Motorola might be trying to retire the humble flip phone, but Samsung seems more inclined to evolve the venerable form factor rather than killing it off. The Korean manufacturer has unveiled a new Android-powered flip phone — not the first such device by any means — under the name "G9098."

Physically it lookss a cross between a Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note 3, with a squared-off design and faux-leather back panel. The dual-SIM device includes two 3.67-inch SuperAMOLED panels at 800x480 resolution and an unnamed 2.3GHz quad-core processor, likely a Snapdragon 800 or 801. That's backed up by 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel camera. On the software side, the G9098 appears to be running either Android 4.2 or 4.3 Jelly Bean with Samsung's 2013 TouchWiz UI.

This appears to be the same Android-powered flip phone that appeared at a Chinese certification authority way back in October 2013, only in a different color. Previous Android-powered entries in this category have included the "Hennessy" flip phone for China and the Galaxy Golden for Korea.

There's no word on pricing, but the Samsung G9098 looks set to go on sale through China Mobile.

Source: Samsung; via: SammyHub

There are 14 comments

Firehand81 says:

" faux-metal back panel" Seems awfully lot like faux-leather rather :)

But this seems interesting phone, if it ever reaches outside China... Depending how it feels in hand.

mathiasjk says:

Aw, those displays are bigger than the display on my first smartphone (The HTC Hero with a 3.2" display).

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DWR_31 says:

Reminds me of the Motorola Startac.

rgao007 says:

How would you utilize the power of the Snapdragon 800/801 with a flip phone?

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Dreadcthulhu says:

The specs on this are probably overkill for what the intended market (well to do middle aged businessmen) will use it for, but that market often wants to have the "best" of any given product for status reasons.

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sublimaze says:

Reminds me of my old Samsung A900. It was a slick phone back in its day.

vtpmt81 says:

This phone is probably blazing fast with a high end processor and GPU only having to push that few pixels.

unglued94ta says:

That was my first thought as well.

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Jonneh says:

I want cool form factors like this. It's too bad (for me) that no other Americans want anything but candy bar phones. :-(

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krifor03 says:

There's always the hipsters, but you'll need a single speed bike first

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Bwahahahaha says:

Nonsensical comments are nonsensical

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Bwahahahaha says:

Yea I wouldn't mind it either, if they could make it a bit slimmer I'd be interested. I miss having a flip phone in a weird way

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Jonneh says:

I do too.. I can't even explain why. And it's not a time thing, as I've had candy bar phones for well over 5 years now.

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Wlctttrue says:

Well I guess if you really want a flip phone this is a nice one.