Samsung is launching the Galaxy Folder, an Android Lollipop flip phone, following the announcement from LG on launching its own flip phone model.
The new flip phone from Samsung will be available in South Korea beginning in August, although there's no information on whether it will also have a global release. Back in 2013, the company launched a flip phone dubbed Galaxy Golden in India, which was priced at Rs 51,900 (around $812). If a release outside South Korea was made possible that time, it is highly likely that Samsung will do the same this year.
The Galaxy Folder boasts a 3.8-inch touchscreen display that is slightly wider than the LG Gentle flip phone's 3.2-inch frame. Compared with the past flip phone models of Samsung, which sported displays both on the inside and on the outside of the top half portion, the new Galaxy Folder is designed with a single touchscreen. At this point, it shares the same single touchscreen feature display of LG's new flip phone.
While it is true that the handset runs Android, there's no information yet on which version of the OS it will carry. Other notable features of the new flip phone model include an 8 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a quad-core processor of 1.2 GHz, 8 GB of storage, a microSD card slot and connectivity option of 4G LTE.
Like the LG Gentle, the Samsung Galaxy Folder has a large keypad that houses a trio of standard Android navigation key buttons. There are also dedicated keys for social apps and the handset's camera.
In essence, the Galaxy Folder is not an entirely new iteration as the handset is said to be the follow-up to the flip phone that was launched back in 2013 that bears the same moniker. With a larger display that delivers a higher resolution, it's a slightly higher-end handset compared with the LG Gentle. However, it is also a bit pricier since it is said to cost around $256, while the LG Gentle is around $170.
Despite these differences, the two handsets share one thing in common, and that is availability. Both are rumored to be launching in South Korea and both show no signs of launching outside their mother country.