Lollipop-powered Samsung W2016 flip phone with Exynos 7420 under the hood unveiled in China

Ever wonder what ever happened to the flip phone or clamshell. We’re pretty sure that a lot of you have owned one in the past, and miss the old days when you take your phone out of your pocket and flip the device to call or text. It looks like Samsung is reviving the trend, as it has unveiled the W2016 in China.

Say hello to the Samsung W2016

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Recently, the W2016 was leaked on Chinese authority TENAA (the Chinese equivalent of the US FCC). The device was once believed to be the Galaxy Golden 3, but, sadly, Samsung opted to go with the less-inspiring “W2016” moniker. The Samsung W2016 will be released as a China Mobile exclusive.

Although the W2016 bears an uninspiring name, what it has to offer is worth writing about. It features a 3.9-inch exterior screen and another 3.9-inch interior screen. Both offer a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. Under the hood is the powerful Exynos 7420 octa-core processor, coupled with 3 GB of RAM, that is also found under the hood of the Samsung Galaxy S6. Its camera combo consists of a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera (we’re guessing the same camera on board the Galaxy S6) and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera to care of snapping selfies and video chat. To keep the lights on is a 2,000 mAh battery that supports fast wired or wireless charging. We’re guessing that it lasts long due to rather small display and low resolution. It runs Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) out of the box with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI slapped on top. Although a clamshell, we can see that it borrows premium design elements from the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, specifically the glass over metal chassis. Colour options include silver and gold.

Unfortunately, like a lot of smartphones introduced in China and other markets around Asia, there’s a huge possibility that the Samsung W2016 will only be available in the said regions.

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