Smartphone manufacturers are always looking for ways to differentiate their products from the competition, but this largely consists of UI skins and different build materials. Occasionally someone will stick on decent sound speakers or introduce a way to wake up a phone without using buttons, but much of the experimentation hardly stands out as something that makes one phone stand out against another to someone who doesn't follow phones as their passion.
Eventually someone says screw it—we're gonna kick it old school, and announces an Android-powered flip phone. Samsung has done it a time or two before, and now LG is taking a swing with the Wine Smart, a flip phone that runs Android 5.1.1. Read More
Flip phones are still pretty huge in the Asian market. And I don't mean the standard freebies you can get on contract elsewhere, I'm talking big-screen, full-OS, powerful flip phones that still use the old T9 dialpad layout. Samsung is hoping to get a piece of that pie with the Android-powered Hennessy (SCH-W789), a flip phone with dual 3.3" screens and Android 4.1. It's currently set for a Chinese release, though an exact price or date isn't available.
The configuration is pretty standard, with the added convenience of a full-sized external screen to make the phone easy to use when the clamshell is closed. Read More
Samsung, in partnership with China Telecom, has just announced the SCH-W999, successor to the W899. The W999 is a formidable (read: huge) flip phone, and comes with two of everything – two 3.5" S-AMOLED displays at 480x800, a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 processor, and 2 SIM slots.
Besides its powerful processor and dual displays, the W999 offers a 5MP rear shooter, dual-mode connectivity, and penta-band support.
If you can't tell from the photo above, the W999 is a hefty device, at least in terms of width and height. If you're already thinking about picking one up, you'll have to wait until some time in 2012. Read More
I have a soft spot for well done demoes, even if they exist only in concept form, and today's design by Kristian Ulrich Larsen fits right into this category (did you really expect anything else from a designer with such an awesome name?).
If you liked Mozilla's Seabird concept, you're going to love the Flip Phone, which features 3 flexible, curved AMOLED screens connected by "soft steel mesh hinges," which allow this device to morph into multiple configurations, each offering something different to its user. It has a keyboard (and a pretty sexy one at that) and a camera. Who needs a dedicated kickstand when it can stand on its own? Read More