Flip phones are back: Samsung's new device runs on Android

August 15, 2013 by Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times

Flip phones are making a comeback thanks to Samsung.

Last month, the company was rumored to be working on a flip phone that runs Android, and the South Korea tech giant confirmed those rumors this week by posting an image of the device on the Chinese version of its official website.

The device, which is simply called the W789, features two screens - one on the cover and another on the inside. The small and narrow device comes in a light-purple-colored shell and it features a very retro numerical keyboard for dialing.

The flip phone's screens both measure 3.3 inches and have 320-by-480 pixel resolutions. The device runs on a 1.2GHz quad-, comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera and has 8 gigabytes of storage. It runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Additionally, the device comes with a microSD slot and two SIM-card slots so that the can be used for both work and personal life.

Whether you're ready for flip phones to come back or not, this device is not likely to come to the U.S. any time soon. For now, it is only listed on Samsung's Chinese website, and the company has not announced any plans to sell it elsewhere.

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