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Samsung Possibly Working on the Galaxy Folder, an Android-Powered Flip Phone

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While it may not be a device rocking a full QWERTY keyboard, how does an Android-powered Galaxy-branded flip phone from Samsung sound? The idea of a flip phone rocking Android isn’t that crazy, but the fact that Samsung has determined that the Galaxy brand needs to cover everything from large 10″+ tablets to Galaxy Cameras, we would be shocked by what the company wouldn’t throw the name onto. According to reports out of Asia, we could be seeing the Galaxy Folder sometime in the future. 

The flipper is rumored to feature a Snapdragon S4 processor, while also sporting a display resolution of 800 x 480. For now, no other specs have been spoken of.

The chances of the Galaxy Folder hitting America is slim and by slim, I mean slim. With Americans finally grasping onto why a 5″ display is king, you would be hard pressed to find someone willing to dive back into the early 2000s with a flip smartphone.

Thoughts?

Via: Ameblo

  • Elliot Kotis

    I think it is with flip like they showed at CES 2013, the curving screen stuff.

  • cycle454

    galaxy simply means that is runs android, similarly ativ is for win(phone)8 devices

  • Elliot Kotis

    Definitely with the curved screens.

  • Rahul Raj

    Samsung launched Samsung Galaxy S4 which is latest version of Galaxy. It’s model looking good.One my friend bought this smart phone from shopbychoice at very resonable price.I never see before this features from other smart phone. I personally suggest for this smart phone.

  • Matthew Merrick

    You all realize an Android flip phone is not a new thing, right? Samsung has made then before. Google the GT-B9120. This is just a refresh

  • wind

    QWERTY Keyboard!

    I still prefer sliders though…

  • CaptainHowdy13

    It must be for old people. They’re the only ones who desperately cling to those things.

  • Kyle

    I think an Android powered Flip Phone would work for a lot folks, cheaper to replace for kids, older community, etc. My thing is how are the carriers going to classify them: Smartphones because they run android or add it to the older feature phones group because it’s a flip phone?? Flip phones today are mostly feature phones and with that you don’t have to get a data package for them ( I do it on one of my Verizon lines). I want an Android powered phone, without being forced to have some sort of data package. I’ve got Wifi for that.

  • bucky500

    I would be all over it!

  • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

    I’ve actually REALLY missed flip phones.. they have an advantage here.. if they just get the execution right… I’d be one happy camper..

  • Musa Abu Ayyoub

    I for one would LOVE this. I love a smart phone as much as the next man but i really want a “smart” folder. I think the flip phone is awesome as far as design is concerned and our obsession with everything thin could make something like a double screened flip phone very pocket-able. I’ve been waiting for someone to do an Android flip phone that dosen’t cost 3.000 dollars.

  • Bionic

    Next up. The motorola droid startac maxx

    • joejoe5709

      Hahaha. I loved my StarTac!

      Motorola Droid StarTac RAZR X Maxx HD Google Edition.

      Yep. I’d be onboard. ;-)

  • Sarpedon1069

    My wife only likes flip phones. She doesn’t have a smart phone because she doesn’t like talking into a rectangle. If this came to America we would definitely buy one.

  • M_Ed

    Knowing Samsung it will be named the Samsung Galaxy S4 Flip.

  • Shane Redman

    What if….and hear me out here….they finally got their flexible screen technology ready for the masses?!?!

  • Taylor Levesque

    NO!

  • Inquizitor

    “With Americans being brainwashed into thinking a 5″ display is king”

    fixed

    • Matthew Merrick

      “with Americans not realizing a 5.5″ Display is king”

      fixed your fixing.

      • Inquizitor

        Enjoy your low ppi and ripped pockets.

        Also your quotes are broken.

  • Joseph Barrientos

    as long as it doesnt turn out like the moto backflip i think im interested. however i know the name will be Galaxy Flip -_-

  • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    until i read the screen size i was thinking “folding display” smartphone.

  • Ned Danov

    I would like to see Original (first one) Motorola RAZR flip phone running Android :)))
    I am in great favour of them :))) Still keeping 3 of them :)))))

  • Daniel

    Maybe it can fill the hole that LG left open when they abandoned their EnV Droid idea

  • Brandon Golway

    I wouldn’t mind an Android smart flip phone if it was something like the Samsung Alias. I had the third generation of it (the silver one [first was gold, second was black]) and I loved that phone. When I got my OG Droid I gave it to my mom and she loved it. She broke it and I got her an Alias 2 off of ebay which was even cooler since it was slightly faster and had the eInk keys. If they made it look like the Alias but with a 3.5-4″ screen I think it would be pretty awesome. I wouldn’t give up my GS4 for it though, I love this thing have absolutely nothing bad to say about it.

  • MichaelFranz

    ewww

  • Droid Ronin

    Drug dealers need lots of cheap flip phones. I mean, look at the guys on Breaking Bad…

  • Steve Benson

    Folding Turd.

  • Tommy Thompson
  • Johnathan Downer

    My wife might be interested . She doesn’t like smart phones and loves her old flip phone… Maybe this could transition her into a normal smart phone

  • zepfloyd

    Remember the Blackberry 9670, LOL.

  • Mitch Joa

    Anyone else noticing that Tim is the only one on duty today? *chants* Shield, Shield, Shield *endchant*

  • imns

    I would have gone with an image of a game of flip cup

    • n900mixalot

      flip, flip, flipadelphia …

      • imns

        Exactly what was going through my head

  • J Davis

    Am I the only one that laughs a little inside when i see someone with a flip phone?

    • Andy Stetson

      I almost cry from laughing so hard every time i see someone using one.

    • T4rd

      Not everyone wants/needs a smart phone or can afford it. I have co-workers in IT that have basic flip phones (or no phone at all) by choice.

      I’d say it’s funnier if you see someone with an original iPhone or some other POS smart phone that doesn’t even justify the data plan that it’s on. That says to me that they’re too broke to have a smart phone in the first place, but still want to look cool.

      • J Davis

        Not laughing because they may not be able to afford a smart phone. I’m laughing the same way people laugh at me with my “HUGE” Note II :P

        • Anon

          Yeah, hilarious. You’re making calls through a brick, and they’re making calls through an actual phone.

          You’re a really stuck up person, why laugh at their choice of phone just because it’s not the same as yours? Grow up, please. And do it quickly.

          • J Davis

            I’m not laughing or being any more judgemental of someone with a flip phone anymore than those that laugh at me about my huge smartphone. If you are somehow insulted by my comment then you need to quit the internet all together because people aren’t going to like the things you like and listen carefully…, someone might say something that may hurt your feelings. BTW you didn’t hurt my feelings calling my phone a brick, I think it’s kinda funny actually.

    • http://www.digilink.net/ Bob Atkins

      In the same way that I laugh and cry (a little) when I see so many people walking along concentrating on the glass panel in their hand or having lunch together and texting each other or someone else instead of actually TALKING to each other and enjoying the company of their friends. Or observing meth addicts uncontrollably swishing their fingers over their devices every few seconds to see if someone sent them something. Nope – in the time it took you to step into the elevator – NOBODY sent you anything of interest nor will you get anything in this metal box while it is going to the floor that you haven’t yet chosen because you’re too hooked on your little glass plate. Some of us choose not to be a slave to technology. I love my Samsung T639 that I bought last year for $40 used (no contract required) that can provide me with emergency level Internet access (if I have my reading glasses) without any email. If someone needs to communicate with me they can CALL me if they have my number otherwise, the silence is bliss.

    • jeffy

      For a lot of people like myself the only thing thats holding me back from a smart phone is the design, but I would buy a smart phone that flips. It be more durable, smaller, and lighter. To be honest I’m surprised they haven’t done this yet because theres certainly a market for it.

  • David Narada Brown

    If this were a bluetooth flip phone supported by android i think it would compliment the larger phones of today ( notes, optimus g pros, mega galaxys ) very well. I mean just think, you could have a 6.3 inch mega galaxy basically taken on all functions of a tablet, and a small compact flip phone for making calls and quick text (although i absolutely hate T9). if this were samsungs direction i think they would sell a ton of those even to consumers that dont have the largest phones i think this would be attractive. just my thoughts.

    • DJ SPY

      HTC did that in Asia for the HTC Butterfly.

      • David Narada Brown

        Yea I remember that. I think a flip phone being more compact would be more ideal.

  • ßen Murphy

    Trying to bring sexy back.

  • shdowman

    brighter font please…good god..

  • T4rd

    “With Americans finally grasping onto why a 5″ display is king”
    No, that’s OEM’s not Americans. I’d bet most of the general public (read: no one here) still only want a 4″-4.3″ display/form factor. If any Android OEM can make a high-end phone of that size, then they might actually be able to compete head to head with the iPhone.

    • Tyler Durden

      With all the S3s I see. Nope.

      • T4rd

        Because they didn’t have an option if they didn’t want an iPhone. I’d bet most of those S3 owners would like to have a smaller phone with the same specs if given the option. Taking the larger phone/screen was just a compromise to them for having a better overall phone (for their preferences).

        • Tyler Durden

          Maybe I’m a minority but the size of the S3 is small. The iPhone is like a ice cube to me.

          • T4rd

            Which is why I said “general public (read: no one here).” ;-)

          • Musa Abu Ayyoub

            I used the note 2 for a year and a half then moved to a Sony Xperia ZL and I have to agree anything less than 5″ is too small for me. The iphone looks and feels like a kids toy when compaired to something like the Xperia Z/ZL or even the S4.

        • PhoenixPath

          Try telling that to my wife. She has an S3. Yesterday, she was digging through one of the cabinets in the kitchen and found her original Galaxy S1 (Fascinate). She couldn’t believe how (and I am using her words here) “freakishly tiny” that phone was.

          (Yes…she was referring to the phone…sheesh.)

          • T4rd

            Hah, my wife has a Rezound (4.3″) and it’s the largest she can comfortably handle, so I’m going to have fun picking out her next phone. She didn’t like the Razr or Gnex at the time and I refuse to have an iPhone in my house (half-joking =p), so I had to compromise with the Rezound, which was a high end phone at the time, but has been a horrible phone since the ICS update. I’m hoping the Moto X is about the same size and I’m sure will be a much better phone overall throughout its life span.

    • chris420o

      4.65-7 is the sweet spot…galaxy nexus had the best size screen….anything over 4.7 is stupid…anything less then 4.2 seems just to small to operate if your a man

      • Bionic

        How is a 5 inch screen stupid if the phone has the same footprint as a phone sporting a 4.7?

      • joejoe5709

        I’d like to see Android cater to large screens. I think ICS was born in a time where 4-4.3″ screens were the norm. I think this is the future. Move the notifications toward the bottom with the navigation so our thumbs can grab it or utilize some sort of Unbuntu-esque gestures. Or optimize things better for landscape view rather than portrait. For me, that would make things a lot easier.

        But for current software, my GNex is a lot easier than handle/navigate than an S4 or HTC One. For me, it’s not about the phone’s footprint. It’s about stretching my fingers that far up the screen.

    • BSweetness

      OEMs wouldn’t keep churning them out if the general public wasn’t buying them.

      And nearly all of my family and friends, most of whom would be considered to be a part of the “general public,” love the size of something like the S3 or the S4. It wasn’t all that long ago that they didn’t, but times change. The general public is doing more and more on their phones, and the more they use them, the more value they see in larger screens for everything from email to games to webpages to navigation. I keep seeing more and more people I know move away from the iPhone to an Android device (most often the S3/S4/Note 2), and one of the reasons they mention for the change is screen size.

      • T4rd

        It has been about 50/50 for the people I’ve talked to about it; half like the larger phones like the S3/S4 and the other half like their old 3.7″-4.3″ Android and don’t want to upgrade because there’s not a decent phone of the same size out now (aside from the iPhone or lower end Android or WP devices).

        I know there’s a large market for both sizes, it’s just odd that no Android OEMs want to tap into that other half of the market that doesn’t want a large phone, but still wants high end specs. That’s a lot of missed revenue. I think it’s because it’s too hard/expensive for the OEMs to design a phone that small and fit all of the components in there along with a decent sized battery. So they cheat and make the phone larger so then can stuff everything into it along with the oversized battery that Android needs to last all day (one of the major downsides to Android that Google needs to prioritize in future revisions) as opposed to a 1400 mAh battery in the iPhone that lasts just as long as a 2100+ mAh battery in other flagship Android phones.

        They probably figure that most people are willing to compromise and get a larger phone, so it’s not worth spending the extra money on development/manufacturing of a smaller phone, plus a smaller battery would be really bad on Android.

    • Michael Quinlan

      I’m here, and I agree with you. Bigger better, and even if a 5″ display is king (which I don’t believe), it’s only so because it’s paired with better hardware, and phones with smaller displays have more mediocre hardware. Give people a choice between 4″, 4.5″ and 5″ displays, with all other specs being equal, and I think the majority of users will choose either 4″ or 4.5″.

  • Jeremy Martin

    I put my hand up on your hip…i flip, you flip…we flip….Ok not the same words of the song but it reminds me of a song as old as the concept of a flip phone.

    • Mike

      this needs more upvotes nao.

      • Jeremy Martin

        ty

    • J Davis

      Thanks now that song is stuck in my head :P

      • Jeremy Martin

        haha yea sadly mine too

    • Brandon Golway

      …And I put your, and you put mine….

  • Alexander Anteneh

    “reports out of Asia”

  • Anonymous
    • n900mixalot

      Thanks! I couldn’t remember who it was that was obsessed with flip-phones but it’s Softbank.

    • chris420o

      not a bad looking phone honestly lol…good old numberpad…i dont see the point of a flip if your not throwin a quarty on there i mean u really need to open a phone for numbers?…and why gingerbread? lol

  • Eric Palmero

    Unless said flip phone will be sporting the latest in bendable screen tech, no way in hell i’d buy one.

    • joejoe5709

      This was my thought as well. If it were anyone other than Sammy or perhaps LG I probably wouldn’t be interested. But Sammy has shown us potential in their crazy ideas – even if the market didn’t ask for it. My measly brain power cannot comprehend what a bendy Android “flip” phone might entail but I’m definitely intrigued.

      If it’s not something bendy and crazy, I guess it could be a decent gateway phone for those who are terrified of touch screens but want to check out Android smartphones. *shrug*

    • David Narada Brown

      flexible screen alone wouldnt get me, but yea, it needs something strong to pull people towards it.

  • T4rd

    Ran out of ideas for the article pic? =p