Yes, it’s 2016, but that doesn’t mean the flip phone market is dead. At least, Samsung doesn’t think so. Soon after the Galaxy Note 7 recall debacle, Samsung announced the release of Galaxy Folder 2, the flip phone no one is anticipating.
Flip Phones in 2016
Is Samsung being bold with their Galaxy flip phone line? Is the company defying tradition? Is Samsung targeting retro fetishists?
The flip phone market may be dead in many developed countries, but it’s still a thing in some parts of the world, especially Asia. Mobile phone usage is rising around the world. A good majority of the global phone sales are not smartphones. People in countries that lack infrastructure or don’t have big personal budgets stick with flip phones. Samsung is targeting these low-budget consumers. Anti-smartphone users and retro lovers are also included in the mix.
If you are interested in buying the era-defying Galaxy Folder 2, you will be sorely disappointed. Samsung is only releasing the phone in China for now.
Galaxy Folder 2, the Specs
Galaxy Folder 2, as the name suggests, is the successor to the Galaxy Folder flip phone Samsung released in 2013. The Galaxy Folder was not a fully retro flip phone. It had a Snapdragon processor and came preinstalled with the Android OS. Only the clamshell exterior was retro.
The Galaxy Folder 2 largely continues the tradition of its predecessor. The new model runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The exterior has been upgraded to a silvery sleek finish (the original Galaxy Folder had a bulky, red-and-black exterior). The flip phone has a 3.8-inch WVGA display. It won’t let you watch videos high-def, but the display is more than sufficient to view emails and play games.
The flip phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor with 2GB RAM. Internal storage is 16GB, which can be expanded to 128GB with a MicroSD card. If you think this is not powerful enough, Samsung will soon release another flip phone named Veyron, supposed to be the retro version of the Galaxy Note.
Galaxy Folder 2, of course, has two cameras at the front and the back. You won’t have any trouble taking selfies with this one. The front camera is 5MP and the back camera is 8MP. The phone certainly does not have a full keyboard. It has a run-of-the-mill T9 number-pad and four navigational keys.
The phone comes with a 1950mAh battery. Before you complain, remember that this is a flip phone. The OS and hardware naturally consumes less power. So the battery is enough to keep the phone running for a good day, or even more if GPS and Bluetooth are disabled.
Samsung’s Chinese website, where the flip phone was originally listed, did not specify a price. However, it can be expected to cost the same or bit a bit more than the first version, which was priced around $250. Yes, that’s a seriously high price to pay for a flip phone. In Asia, flip phones are prevalent and can be bought for less than 50 bucks. Samsung is apparently marketing the Galaxy Folder 2 as a high-end flip phone.
Other Flip Phones
Surprisingly enough, Samsung is not the only big-name brand still making flip phones. LG still makes flip phones too. However, LG is only continuing the company’s older models, not designing new ones like Samsung does. The other flip phone giant is a Chinese mobile company called Gionee, which of course, operates only in China.
It’s not unlikely that Galaxy Folder 2 will be released in the U.S. Samsung had the original Galaxy Folder approved for sale in the U.S. by TENAA and FCC.