Samsung's latest flip phone is powered by the Snapdragon 821

There's a thriving market for flip phones — particularly in Asian markets — and companies like Samsung and LG continue to roll out new models to meet the demand. Samsung's latest offering is the Leader 8 (opens in new tab), a high-end flip phone that will be sold exclusively in China.

Samsung Leader 8

The Leader 8 certainly has a lot going for it: the phone is crafted out of aviation-grade aluminum alloy, and it has two 4.2-inch Full HD panels — one on the outside, and one on the inside. There's a Snapdragon 821 under the hood, and the phone also offers 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, a microSD card slot, a 12MP f/1.7 camera, 5MP front shooter, a fingerprint sensor at the back, and a 2300mAh battery with wireless charging.

That's not all, as the phone also supports Samsung Pay and the company's Secure Folder. There's no Bixby, but you do get S Voice. The Leader 8 will be available in a black color option, with the phone exclusively sold on China Mobile.

Samsung Leader 8

There's no mention of pricing or when it'll go up for sale, but it's unlikely the phone will make its way to Western markets.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • This would be perfect for my father in law...still uses a flip phone e and refused to move to a smart phone. 😀
  • AFAIK the only Android flip phone sold in the USA is the ZTE Cymbal-T, and it has very outdated specs.
  • Thats nice as hell
  • This is a nice phone. Tempting to go back to the flip phone... Would probably make life a lot simpler...
  • I wish Samsung would sell this unlocked to the US. This could work for the elderly here that don't want a slab of a device.
  • There are still plenty of non-smart flip phones sold by carriers here. My aunt has one and she loves it.
  • +1000 For a good flip phone for the older gen...
  • Interesting. But baked in backwards menu buttons?... Not sure about that.
  • I guess its nice for some, but I can't see myself going back to the "old" way of texting. 7777 33 66 3 66 88......
  • 3 33 7777
  • Really wish this was sold in the US. My mom is sight impaired, and while there are a lot of accessibility features baked into Android, having tactile buttons would be even better.
  • Wow, that's one nice flip phone. I just bought my dad the LG B470 flip phone because smartphones are just way too complicated for him. I would get this phone for him if it was available in the U.S.
  • Apparently it runs Marshmallow which is frankly pathetic considering O is imminent.
  • Yep. Because 32% of Android phones on MM is pathetic ...
  • Yes I agree, that is pathetic. No new handset should be released on anything older than Nougat 7.1.
  • Android version of the old BlackBerry Style 9670, FTW
  • I want this, even just for the 4.2" screen. I'd probably never flip the phone open. I just want a smaller phone with great specs.
  • Having one of these would be pretty awesome. Wish they were going to sell it here.
  • Having a screen on the outside completely eliminates the one major advantage that a flip phone offers - protection of the phone's most vulnerable element. A smartphone in flip phone form having something like a 4.5" screen and good specs (chipset, memory, etc.) would, for me, be the perfect fit.
  • I'm pretty sure that all flip phones sold have a screen on the outside.
  • Yep, I remember them having a screen on the outside.
  • If you're referring to that generally tiny window on the face of the cover, then yes, but that's not a "screen" in the sense that you see with the Samsung flip phones. That tiny window is usually a small, recessed element of what's generally a metal cover. In a drop, it'd normally not be vulnerable to breakage unless it struck some protruding object on the ground. Contrast that with Samsung's phone, where the entire cover is a screen and is no more protected than a smartphone in the candy bar form factor.
  • I don't understand why new flip phones aren't being made with full QWERTY keyboards?! I loved the old Samsung Alias and LG EnV phones that flipped up and sideways. They should bring those back! My dad hates smart phones but loves texting. It'd be perfect for guys like him, which I'm sure there's more of.
  • $199 cash...
  • Anyone else wondering what the price will be?? It's a flip phone yet has high build quality and SD 821.
  • Rather than a vertical flip with one screen and a keyboard, I'd like to see a vertical flip with 2 screens. You could have a folded 3 inch, VERY pocketable and protected device, that turns into a 6 inch phone. I'd also like to see a horizontal tri-fold device that could transform from a 6 inch phone to a 6x9 tablet. One day they'll probably be able to combine both concepts for a 3x3 device that folds out to 6x9. I'm sure it will require far more advanced battery technology.