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Gionee gets in on the flip phone nostalgia with dual-screen, high-end Android

By Adrian Diaconescu March 30, 2016, 6:39 am

Who said clamshell handhelds are dead? Actually, industry analysts just a couple of weeks back, but it looks like they may have been wrong.

Okay, so we probably won’t be seeing flip phones return to Motorola Razr V3 best-selling form anytime soon. Or ever. Yet in certain Asian markets, there must still be a hint of lingering interest in the predominantly outdated form factor.

Otherwise, why would manufacturers specialized in touchscreen-only designs bother with trying to revive and modernize foldable devices sporting non-slide-out physical keyboards? Samsung’s done it, LG as well, and now Gionee takes things to the next level.

What level might that be? Believe it or not, we’re looking at a stylish rose gold-coated flip Android phone here with dual 4.2-inch 720p IPS displays, octa-core 64-bit MediaTek Helio P10 processing power, 4GB RAM (!!!), fingerprint recognition, and USB Type-C connectivity.

Such an insane cross of traditionalism and high-end novelty, and of course, the cutting-edge specifications don’t stop there. You also got a robust pair of 16 and 5MP cameras in tow, one of the touchscreens features 2.5D curved glass, and you can store all the data in world (pretty much) on a 64GB ROM and an additional microSD card slot.

Further fitted with a 2,530 mAh battery purportedly capable of keeping the lights on for up to 30 hours talk time, as well as 4G LTE speeds, the Gionee W909 isn’t exactly slim or lightweight. But the faux leather back makes it pop, so the flip phone fashionista crowd, if there’s such a thing, could be persuaded to cough up CNY 4,000 ($617) in China. Unless they know enough about market standards to tell the pre-installed Android 5.1 iteration is a major deal breaker.

Source: Gadgets 360

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