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Flip Phones Could Soon Make A Comeback

Foldable phones ain't dead yet, thanks to Samsung and Apple
by Tanya Umali | Nov 7, 2016
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If you're a '90s kid, then you must have been a proud owner of a flip phone. In this day and age though, such have become obsolete due to the advent of wide-screened smartphones.

But if you're one of the many people who misses foldable phones, thank Samsung because they just unveiled the Samsung W2017 in China.

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Unlike old flip phones, the W2017 will be fully equipped with a Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor4 GB RAM64GB internal storage (expandable up to 256 GB), 12-megapixel rear camera—capable of capturing 4K videos—5-megapixel front camera, and a 4.2-inch Super AMOLED Always On Display with 1080p HD resolution.

The handset will also come with a dual-SIM port2,300 mAh fast-charging battery, and 4G LTE connectivity.

Some photos even suggest that the W2017 will be able to support wireless charging.

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The metal-bodied unit will come in black and gold.

Samsung hasn't revealed the price just yet, but is planning to release the phone in China first. There are no details as to when the tech giant would launch it in international markets.


Meanwhile, an image leaked recently supposedly showing the blueprint of a flip phone-like device indicating Apple's plans to manufacture a bendable handset.

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Patent no. 9,485,862, which is also known as "Electronic devices with carbon nanotube printed circuits," was awarded to the brand.

According to Patently Apple, carbon nanotube technology will be integrated into signal cables to allow future iPhones to be crack- and bend-resistant.

As stated in the patent, the iPhone would most likely be made out of a combination of plastic, ceramic, glass, metal, and fiber for its malleable property. It will also have a hinge that would separate the device into two folding units.

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Like Samsung, Apple isn't planning to release the foldable phone anytime soon, but let's hope both of them won't make us wait too long.


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