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Leaked Images Show Samsung Is Working On A Smart Flip Phone As The Retro Design Gains Popularity Among Celebrities





Leaked Images Show Samsung Is Working On A Smart Flip Phone As The Retro Design Gains Popularity Among Celebrities

Flip phones were all the rage in the 2000s thanks to the likes of the Motorola Razr and Sony's V800.

But these retro-style handsets could soon be making a comeback after reports suggest Samsung is working on a folding, flip-style model.

The device, which has been dubbed SM-W2016, has been spotted online and appears to boast two screens.

It may prove popular with fashion conscious customers wishing to copy the likes of Adele, who recently used a retro handset in her music video for Hello.

While it may have an outdated design, the phone has the internals of an Android smartphone, according to industry insiders at SamMobile. 

The site reports it runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and has an octa-core 64-bit processor with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

Elsewhere, it is rumoured to have a 16MP camera on the rear and a 5MP front-facing camera for selfies.

Design-wise it looks a like the lovechild of a Samsung Galaxy S6 and older popular flip phone designs such as the Moto Razr.

While it may have an outdated design, the phone (left and right) has the internals of an Android smartphone, according to industry insiders at SamMobile. The site reports it runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and has an octa-core 64-bit processor with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage

Design-wise, Samsung's phone looks like the lovechild of a Galaxy S6 and older popular flip phone designs such as the Moto Razr (pictured), which was popular in around 2003 and 2004

It could also prove popular with people who prefer physical keyboards to those that pop up on a screen. 

Samsung's rival LG recently revealed a flip phone called the LG Wine Smart.

The handset has a 3.2-inch colour touchscreen and runs Android Lollipop 5.1, as well as enabling 4G calls. 

The phone has launched in Korea and is set to come next to starting with France, Italy, Poland, Spain, Kazakhstan, Japan and the United Kingdom.

'Our goal with LG Wine Smart was to create a smartphone that fans of flip phones could embrace,' said Chris Yie, vice president and head of marketing communications for LG . 

'Consumers shouldn't have to miss out on the smartphone revolution because they prefer a particular phone design over another. With LG Wine Smart, they won't have to.' 

Celebrities including Anna Wintour, Rihanna and Kate Beckinsale have all been spotted on vintage handsets in recent times.

The rumoured handset may prove popular with fashion conscious customers who may wish to copy the likes of Adele who recebtly used a retro design in her music video for Hello

Celebrities including Anna Wintour (pictured), Rihanna and Kate Beckinsale have all been spotted on vintage handsets in recent times

And in the last few years there has been a trend for other 'retro' technology such as Polaroid and Lomography cameras, perhaps driven by Apple's iCloud leak. 

In 2014, fuelled by celebrities such as Miley Cyrus using them, sales of Polaroid cameras rose by around three quarters. 

Kaley Cuoco, who stars in The Big Bang Theory declared at the time: ‘Polaroids are the way to go. No one can get those.’

LG recently revealed a flip phone called the LG Wine Smart (pictured).  The handset has a 3.2-inch colour touchscreen and runs Android Lollipop 5.1, as well as enabling 4G calls

 

 


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