Samsung 'flips' back to the future with new dual-screen W789

Samsung China on Wednesday announced a dual-screen phone the W789, using the old flip-phone styled design, even as a Russia’s Scartel is in the last stage of production of its own version of a dual screened phone.

Samsung’s latest announcement is noteworthy as the company has only revealed the details in its Chinese website, suggesting that the dual screened phone may only be produced for the Chinese market.

The W789 runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean supports dual network GSM and CDMA and is powered by a quad-core 1.2-GHz processor.

The second screen only becomes active when the instrument is opened.

The lower part of the body contains the usual numerical keyboard.

The design and features will specifically appeal to those who are keener on using the physical keypad for dialing number and text.

The phone weighs about 208 grams and comes with a 3.3 inch TFT screen that offers only a 480-by-320-pixel resolution.

The phone also has a 5-megapixel camera and a micro SD card slot.

Pricing is yet to be announced.

By keeping the screen size and resolution low and by equipping the instrument with a 1500mAh battery, Samsung has ensured that it remains powered for quite a while, especially since dual display phones have in the past suffered due to severe battery drain.

Both previous dual screen attempts - the Kyocera Echo and Pantech’s Pocket - failed to take off due to various technical issues.

Welcome to Yota

A Russian telecom company Scartel last year announced that it is working on a unique dual screened phone, called the Yota Phone, that could be launched in 2013.

According to latest reports the phone is already being mass produced and could be available in the market before the end of the year.

In fact, one can even preorder the one of the dual screened phones through the official website of the device The phone itself has a unique design with displays on both the front and back side of the device.

The front side has a standard 4.3 inch screen with a 720X1280 pixel with 16.7M colors, capacitive multi- touch screen.

On the other side is a 4.3 inch 360x640 EPD display that uses plastic TFT technology and more suitable for E-book reading. The screen also incorporates touch stripe for gesture controls.

The instrument runs on Android 4.2.3 Jelly Bean and has a Dual Core 1.7 GHz Krait processor. The camera is pretty powerful and a 12 MP rear camera and a 1MP front camera. The phone is powered with a 1800 mAH battery and weighs about 140 grams. The device could be released within the next two months and could be priced around $600.




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