The South Korean smartphone manufacturer Samsung has revived the almost dead clamshell form factor phones.
Sources reveal that this phone will feature two displays with an array of features. However, it won't cater to the flagship category of the company; but will stick to the feature phone segment eyeing budget conscious consumers.
The new Samsung Master Dual is a flip phone, which sports two displays instead of one, one inside and another on the outer part of the phone. The inside display has a measurement of 3.3-inches while the outer one is of just 2.2-inches.
A 3MP camera has been featured on the back of the device and for video calling, selfie snapping abilities, Master Dual has a 1.3 MP camera on the front. An interesting feature of the device is that it can notify preset contacts with location if the phone is not used for a particular period of time.
There is no information about its chipset, RAM and memory availability details yet.
The Samsung Master Dual also provides essential utilities like FM Radio, microUSB port, 3.5mm port, FM Radio and GPS abilities. Right now, it is out for sale in South Korea, at an approximate ₹17,100 (3,00,300 WON) and will be soon available in other markets too.
Significantly, LG also had launched a similar shaped flip clamshell phone a couple of months ago. LG Wine Smart Clamshell is also based on Android KitKat 4.4 operating system and offers a 3.5-inch HVGA touch screen with 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor and an 8MP rear camera.
However, LG restricted the phone only to Korean customers and there is no further announcement about its global availability. Rather than making another flagship device with that oldie form factor, Samsung made a smart move by categorising Master Dual in the feature phone or budget end Android category.