Samsung and China’s love affair with flip phones seems to know no bounds. The manufacturer is once again releasing to the Chinese market a new smartphone that not only holds the distinction of being the first flip phone to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon, but is probably also the most expensive non-luxury flip phone in the world to date.
The Korean device manufacturer has been keeping this old style form factor alive through the years with various flip phone models launched in China and even in its hometown of Korea, who saw Samsung unveil the SHV-E400 Galaxy Golden last August. Although Samsung just announced the SCH-W789 Hennessy in China on the same month, that smartphone, which ran on a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and had a measly 320×480 resolution, has nothing on this upcoming model.
Continuing its annual tradition of launching a somewhat high-end and expensive flip phone such as the SCH-W2013 last year and the SCH-W999 before it, Samsung is once again putting out a new model, unsurprisingly named SCH-W2014. As previously tipped, this flip phone does run on a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and is equipped with 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, a 13 megapixel main camera, and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera. Unfortunately, despite the high-end innards, the phone only has two 3.7-inch Super AMOLED displays, both with 800×480 pixel resolutions.
The Samsung SCH-W2014 is headed for carrier China Telecom and, since it’s targeted at the Chinese market, has dual SIM support. Fans of the flip phone form factor, however, might flip at the price, which is expected to be around $1,640. That is actually a considerably lower price from the SCH-W2013, which supposedly launched with a $2,900 to $3,200 price tag.