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Samsung's New Android Flip Phone May be Coming to the US

Samsung Folder Android Flip Phone

Flip phones are still quite popular, I often see people using them. I can understand the appeal. If you use you phone primarily for making calls, the simplicity of flipping the phone open to answer a call and flipping it shut to hang up is hard to beat. When closed, the flip protects the screen from scratches and other damage, eliminating the need for a case. Basic flip phones are still available but it's impossible to find a current one that has the slim form factor and quality look and feel of phones like the classic Motorola RAZR.

Flip phone fans might be seeing a more modern flip soon. Based on FCC and Bluetooth SIG filings, Samsung seems to be on the verge of launching a new flip phone that runs Android.
Called the Galaxy Folder 2 (SM-G1600) it runs Android Marshmallow and has a 3.8 inch 800 x 480 px touchscreen, 1.4Ghz Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 2 MP front and 5 MP rear cameras, 16 GB of memory. SD card slot and a 2000 mAh battery.

As its name suggests, the Galaxy Folder 2 isn't Samsung's first Android flip. The original Galaxy Folder, pictured above, launched last year but was only sold in the Korean market. The fact that Samsung has filed for FCC certification means that Samsung is at least considering bringing to the US. I wonder how well it would sell here. Would you buy an Android flip phone if one was available?

Source, image: Trusted Reviews

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  1. This is exactly what my mom wants. Probably would buy.

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  2. My wife wants one.

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  3. I would buy one of these. I have a GV number, so it could ring a secondary line.

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  4. Yes I would definitely buy this phone I love the hardware Buttons as well as the touch screen and the Screen will always be protected from scratch's also a 2000 MAH Battery for A 3.8" Screen is not bad

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    1. Based on the Folder 2's modest specs I don't think it should cost over $200 unlocked.

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    2. If the price is $20.00, i'm in! You can't sell a flip phone with no touch screen for that high a price. Samsung has bought into the stupid stage!

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    3. There are some ebay sellers with the older Korean version, all around $300. That Korean phone would almost certainly not pull LTE but getting 3G and Faux-G might be ok, especially with the customers who already use flip phones and thus not large video consumers. Slow shipping is a certainty. I can wait for a US model if it's closer to $200.

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    4. What if the new version sells for more than the older version?

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    5. who said no touch screen? it is touch screan

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  6. I would probably buy it if priced reasonably; my concern is actually about the size - it might be a bit too large for a flip phone.

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  7. Last winter, AT&T and Kyocera brought an Android flip phone with LTE, WiFi, and hotspot support with the ruggedized DuraXE. A very interesting device for $269, but there are no apps (beyond the included browser and email tool) for the stripped down OS and the device is nearly the size of a hockey puck. Hopefully Samsung can do better.

    https://www.att.com/cellphones/kyocera/duraxe.html#sku=sku7800343

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  8. An 8" tall phone with no external clock / notification display and a 4" long touch screen "vestigal appendix"? Pass.

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  9. At that size it should have a qwerty keyboard!

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  10. TheKnightWhoSaysNi!!!July 30, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Absolutely I'd purchase one if it had Verizon bands. Prolly just gonna be GSM though :'(

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  11. Based off the FCC testing, the phone has GSM850, GSM1900, HSPA850, HSPA1900, and LTE Bands 5 and 41. (FCC only tests bands used in the US and Canada).
    Based off the lack of US carrier low-bands, this is most likely not intended for the US.

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    1. That's exactly it. The reason it's even being tested and certified for use in the US is for international roaming capability, not for domestic sales. Samsung has never seen a viable market in the West for the Galaxy Flip line, since that was originally developed for China, Korea and Japan.

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    2. After reading the comments, I think you're right. What Americans are willing to pay for a smart flip is not enough for Samsung to devote resources to the niche.

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  12. What I'm still waiting for is a new slider. And I know there's still a lot of other people who want one, too. Come on Samsung! You used to make awesome sliders. Just one more time... Hell, I wouldn't mind a horizontal flip design with a qwerty keyboard, if you want to go that way...

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  13. Be nice to see some prepaid carriers pick up on this.

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  14. Phones are too large and this flip phone opened fully would be about 8 inches long. What Samsung should make is a 3 inch screen size non flip phone and that would outsell this flip phone

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    1. I strongly disagree, hating phones where the buttons and such are too small to press easily without hitting everything else.

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  15. I went from a flip phone, to a 4" Android, to a 5.5" Idol 3, and I haven't regretted it.

    With that said, this sort of thing only really appeals to flip phone die-hards who either dislike or "don't get" smartphones.

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  16. Get the new blackberry slider then.

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    1. It's a bad slider, with painfully tiny keys instead on properly sized like on the Droid 3.

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  17. If you think that would sell better, here is your chance to become rich.

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  18. $200 for a flip phone?.. I will buy if its $20-$30

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    1. Yeah, I have the same interest in this as I have in 13" CRT televisions and 8 track players.

      There is probably a sub-cult of hipsters who will really get into this.

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  19. There is a huge pent up demand for something like this, but the price needs to be under $100. For that price it should be VOLTE compatible across all carriers.

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    1. For this price it ought to sing to you and put on a show!

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