It's been a busy year for Samsung as the South Korean phone maker launched a high number of handsets including a few premium smartphones such as the Galaxy Note 7, which unfortunately turned out to be a complete disaster because of the battery problems it has, which made the manufacturer to stop selling it after recalling it twice. Still, the company has other high-end handsets available on the market, and we are referring to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, which are still very popular among the consumers especially because the Galaxy Note 7 was a letdown. However, there have been a few rumors about another premium phone that Samsung is preparing to launch in the near future, the SM-W2017. Today, there are two new photos that surfaced online and which are showcasing the device in he flesh.
The phone with the model number SM-W2017 is actually a clamshell smartphone we we are going to explain why. The images below the article are showing the phone from two angles, and while at first sight it looks like a standard flip phone, when you look at the display you start to realize that it's not exactly the case. We assume that the SM-W2017 is meant for the Asian markets because Asia is the only region where there is still interest for such devices, although we can't say for sure that it won't be launched in other countries as well. Anyway, the handset will be powered by a Qualcomm made Snapdragon 820 processor, and in terms of memory it will flaunt 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of native storage. Moreover, it will integrate a Type-C USB port, and will have support for Samsung Pay.
The device received the TENAA certification quite recently, which could only mean that it will be made available in China in the coming weeks. Apart for the listed specifications, it seems that the Samsung SM-W2017 will come with a Super AMOLED panel that with have a diagonal of 4.2 inches and a resolution of 1920 x 1080, and a 12 MP primary snapper will be included as well. On the software side of things, the SM-W2017 will run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box, and will pack a 2,300 mAh battery. The phone will definitely be available in China, but a few other Asian countries might follow as well. There was a rumor claiming that it cost $1,500, but there is a big chance that it's not accurate because there is no way Samsung would ask this kind of money for a phone.