Samsung to launch two new clamshell phones this year

- Adrian Ungureanu

It seems that Samsung still believes in clamshell phones as the company plans to launch two new folder phone with high-end features such as wireless charging, fingerprint scanning and Samsung Pay.

The new phone that is known only by its model name SM-W2017 has recently won wireless charging certification from the New Jersey-based Wireless Power Consortium.

The phone is expected to feature 4.2-inch dual OLED display screens; Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 processor; 64GB memory; 2300mAh battery capacity; 12 megapixel rare-facing and 5 megapixel front-facing cameras; wireless charging; fingerprint scanning Samsung Pay; Samsung Knox; and water- and dust-resistance.

These features have thus far been adopted only for Samsung’s high-end models such as the flagship Galaxy S series phones.

“The new phone will be priced higher than any other folder phones here,” an unnamed carrier official said. “Depending on the pricing, there is a possibility that the phone will be launched as a special edition.”

Samsung also plans to launch the Galaxy Folder 2 within the first half of this year, sources said.

Succeeding the Galaxy Folder 1 that was launched in July 2015, the upcoming phone has recently passed the radio wave certification test. The phone, equipped with 3.8-inch screen, Snapdragon 425 processor and 1950mAh battery capacity, is estimated to be priced at about 200,000 to 300,000 won.