Samsung is single-handedly keeping my flip phone dreams alive. After already releasing one new flip phone in Asia this year, the company announced today what is essentially its flagship flip phone: the Leader 8. It's only available in China. What were you expecting?
The top-of-the-line device includes:
- Two 4.2-inch Full HD displays, one on the outside of the device and one inside
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
- A fingerprint sensor
- 2,300mAh battery that supports wireless charging
- 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with option for expandable storage
- 12-megapixel rear-facing camera; 5-megapixel front-facing camera
Users won't be forced to use Bixby (woo), and will instead have the option to use S Voice (alright). It also supports Samsung Pay. We don't know what OS the device runs, or how much the phone will cost. Still, this is exciting. I'm excited. You should be excited. It's a bummer that Samsung thinks only people in Asia are interested in smart flip phones, but hey, at least the company is keeping the form factor alive with both lower- and higher-end phones.
In June, the company announced its Folder Flip 2, which was pink and cost 297,000 won, or $260. It's only available in Korea. I figure one of these phones will have to make it to the US eventually, though. I'd prefer the cheaper, more fashionable Folder Flip over the Leader 8, but I'm a gadget blogger, not a high-power corporate woman.