Samsung develops clamshell smartphone

Samsung SM W2017It has been more than a decade since clamshell phones, also known as flip phones, were the toast of the mobile market. But South Korean manufacturer, Samsung, is forging ahead with a new device that harnesses this form factor, combining it with cutting edge components to create an unusual hybrid.

Insider sources provided early images of the handset, known internally as the SM-W2017, showcasing its foldable form factor and a touchscreen display. The internal screen measures 4.2 inches across the diagonal and has a 1080p resolution, giving users complete control over the Android operating system installed on the phone, according to Pocket Lint.

It is thought that power will be provided by the high end Snapdragon 820 chipset from Qualcomm, while 64GB of storage will be included as standard. A primary 12 megapixel camera and a five megapixel selfie-friendly lens will be included, while a fast-charging 2000mAh battery will keep everything up and running for an acceptable amount of time.

The SM-W2017 is ultimately aimed at consumers in China, so is unlikely to get an international launch, at least in the short term. However, if Samsung detects an appetite for clamshell phones in western markets, it could expand the rollout in 2017.