There aren’t many smartphones on the market with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 processor with 6 CPU cores. But you know what else there aren’t many of? Smartphones with clamshell designs.
It looks like Samsung is taking aim at both shortages. The Samsung SM-G9198 features Qualcomm’s hexa-core chip and a numeric keypad and a 3.9 inch display which folds down over that keypad.
The smartphone passed through the TENAA website recently. That’s China’s version of the FCC… and both agencies have a habit of spilling the beans about upcoming devices through listings on their websites.
In the case of the SM-G9198, the phone appears to have a 1280 x 768 pixel Super AMOLED display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a 16MP camera, and Android 5.1 software. It supports Chinese 4G LTE networks.
While it’s possible Samsung will offer this phone in markets other than China, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for it to show up in the United States or Europe, where clamshell smartphones are even less common than they are in Asia.
Update: Samsung has officially launched a different flip phone in Korea. The LG Gentle sports a 3.2 inch, 480 x 320 pixel display, Android 5.1 software, and a keypard. It has entry-level specs and an entry-level price. The $170 phone features 1GB of RAm and 4GB of storage.