There aren’t that many Korea-only telephones anymore. However we discovered one at a mobile phone store at Samsung headquarters in Suwon, south of Seoul. The Samsung Galaxy Folder reveals that it is completely doable to create a cultured Android flip telephone. Now, if it may solely come to the US.
There is a small trade of Android-powered flip choices in Korea and China, with the Galaxy Folder (now up to date by the Galaxy Folder 2, which I did not see) and the LG Wine Sensible each on the market. They do not have extraordinary specs; the mannequin I noticed was working Android 5.1.1, and the newer mannequin has Android 6.zero on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425. The Folder I used additionally had one actually bizarre design concern: the digicam is on the underside half reasonably than the highest half, making it very awkward to make use of.
However whereas holding it in my hand, I discovered that the Folder has stability. We’ve got an Android flip telephone right here within the US, the ZTE Cymbal-T, and it lacks stability—it is prime heavy. The Folder’s backside half is heavier than the highest, so it sits proper within the hand. The TFT LCD display screen, whereas not terribly high-res at 800 by 480, can also be vivid and punchy. And the design, general, is elegant.
That is vital for the US as a result of we now have a significant change coming on this planet of flip telephones. Our carriers are beginning to require voice over LTE, which the previous function telephone OSes do not assist. So if we will proceed to have flips—and we in all probability will, it is a area of interest—we’re in all probability going to see extra Android-based, or crippled Android-based gadgets like the 2 variations of ZTE’s telephone and the Galaxy Folder.
The remaining barrier might be value. The Galaxy Folder is not tremendous low-cost or an costly curiosity; it is about $250 unlocked. That will nonetheless be loads to swallow for US flip telephone and easy telephone house owners, who need to spend below $200.
Nonetheless, although, I am hoping some US producers take their inspiration from Samsung’s and LG’s Asian flip lineups as they evolve the function telephone into its subsequent technology.