Samsung’s newest high-end smartphone is a clamshell – no, really

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Samsung has unveiled the W2017 – a high-performance smartphone with top-notch specs, all housed in a clamshell form factor.

Towards the tail end of last year, we reported that LG had made a throwback with the release of the Gentle; an Android Lollipop smartphone housed in a clamshell body. Now, Samsung has elected to release its new performance smartphone, the W2017, in the same guise.

While it suffered endless leaks under the codename “Veyron”, the W2017 will initially be released in China with all details out in the open. Destined for the premium end of the market, the device accommodates 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (expandable up to 25GB GB), and sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor.

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A 4.2″ display makes its debut on the top of the flip phone, which accommodates an Always-On display at 1080p. The primary camera sports a 12-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/1.7, while a secondary 5-megapixel camera sponsors selfie duty.

The device will support dual-SIM functionality as well as 4G LTE, but thanks to its design will make use of a smaller 2,300mAh battery – Samsung hopes that the inclusion of smart charging will put consumers’ fears of a short battery life to rest.

The W2017 will ship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box, while there’s no news as to whether the device will benefit from an upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat just yet.

The move is an interesting one from Samsung, and sales are likely to tell if consumers have any faith in the clamshell form factor.

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What are your thoughts? Would you be interested in buying a Samsung-made flip phone? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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