Is Samsung now going retro? Mobile users might think so after hearing that the biggest seller of smartphone devices in the world has decided to launch an old school flip phone. Yup, the South Korean phone maker has recently launched the Galaxy Folder 2 handset in its native homeland, and fans of flip phones may want to check out this latest offering.
Just to be perfectly clear, despite the fact that Samsung’s new Galaxy Folder 2 adopts a flip design, it is actually still a fully functioning smartphone that is powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system. As a flip phone, it naturally comes with a physical keypad beneath the flip top cover. But there is a big, clever twist -- the top actually serves as a touch screen too.
Some may argue that with the new Galaxy Folder 2 device, Samsung is simply trying to give mobile users the best of both worlds (bridging the past with the future, or whatever). Or it is quite possible that the tech giant is taking full advantage of phone owners old enough to remember the good old days.
Samsung would hardly be the only mobile manufacturer tapping into people’s nostalgia for throwback devices. Nokia is a prime example -- releasing a 2010s version of its now classic 3310 cell phone. BlackBerry could be another one, but considering the Canadian phone maker never really abandoned physical keyboards, it is more of a purist than a revivalist, so to speak. Another South Korean phone maker, LG, has even released flip phones over the last few years. Even Samsung is rumored to be planning a South Korean launch for another flip phone called the W2017 this year. But unlike the Galaxy Folder 2, the W2017 is said to feature a couple of touch screens.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy Folder 2 will be made available with a price of about $260. As far as specifications are concerned, the new device seems to have a lot in common with the Galaxy Folder (released in the Chinese mobile market). The Galaxy Folder 2 offers a 3.8 inch display screen, 2 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), a 1,950 mAh battery, and as mentioned earlier, Google’s Android (Version 6.0 Marshmallow). The device also features a button for social media apps, and more than a dozen ring tones. Meanwhile, if you want to browse other devices, feel free to explore more phones and plans from Samsung at Wirefly now.
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