What would the Galaxy S6 look like as a flip phone? Wonder no more
BlackBerry’s getting a lot of attention for the Priv not just because it signals the manufacturer’s first experimentation with an Android-powered handset, but also because it represents a form factor that’s become an outright rarity in the smartphone world: the keyboard-equipped slider. That design’s not alone on the critically endangered list, though, and it’s joined by models that similarly trace their roots back to the early days of cell phones, like the flip phone. While still hard to come by in the States, we see the occasional Android-powered flip phone pop up from manufacturers like LG and Samsung for markets abroad, and today we just caught wind of Samsung’s latest such design, one with a very familiar look.
Samsung’s model SM-W2016 picks up some pretty solid-sounding specs for such an off-kilter phone: it’s powered by the same Exynos 7420 as the Galaxy S6, has 3GB of RAM, 64GB storage, and while its dual OLED screens only offer a resolution of 720p, at 3.9 inches each, that spells some decently high pixel density.
But what makes this phone so interesting may be less what inside, and more what it looks like: with that squircle camera and combo flash/heart-rate sensor, to say nothing of the sloped side edges, the closed phone’s face sure does mirror the design language of Samsung’s recent flagships – far more than this summer’s new Galaxy Folder, at least.
Unless you live in China, we wouldn’t bet on seeing this model land on shelves near you anytime soon, but it’s still an interesting look at a phone almost feels more like a design concept than an actual 2015 model.