The Galaxy Folder, Samsung’s Android-Powered Flip Phone, Gets Pictured


Don’t you ever wish you could buy a decent, Android-powered flip phone? No, me neither. But Samsung is building one anyway. It’s called the Galaxy Folder, and we first heard about it back in July. Now the device has been pictured in the wild ahead of its official unveiling.

When I first envisioned the Galaxy Folder, I imagined it would be designed in one of two ways. I thought it would either have two internal displays that would fold together, or one internal display and a physical QWERTY keyboard. But Samsung chose neither of those options.

Instead, the Galaxy Folder has one internal touchscreen, plus an old-school numeric keypad that really has no place on a smartphone. I feel like Samsung had a good opportunity to compete with BlackBerry here and launch an Android-powered device with a proper physical keyboard for those who want one, but it’s clearly not aiming to do that.


The Galaxy Folder’s specifications aren’t great, either. Both its internal and external displays measure 3.7 inches diagonally and have 800×480 resolutions. Those are combined with a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 2GB of RAM, LTE, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1,820mAh battery.

The Galaxy Folder is headed to South Korea first, and we can’t see it ever appearing the U.S. or Europe. If you want one, then (why?), you’ll probably have to have it imported.