“Flagship flip phone” may sound like an oxymoron, but Samsung’s pumped out a steady stream of luxurious Android-powered clamshell devices over the past few years. Next month it’s expected to release its latest model, the “Veyron” W2017, and a new report claims that the device is already arriving in China ahead of an official launch.
The W2017 will go on sale in China starting in early October, according to PlayfulDroid and its anonymous inside sources. The report also reveals a potential price for the device, putting the flip phone at 10,000 yuan (almost $1,500!). That may sound absurdly high, but it’s actually in line with what Samsung charged for last year’s W2016.
The W2017 is also expected to pack some flagship-level specs. It allegedly comes equipped with a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 12-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a 2,000mAh battery and a 4.2-inch 1080p display. It should also ship running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.
Samsung typically limits its flip phones to China and it looks like that will be the case for this model as well. You might be able to get one shipped second-hand, but you’re probably better off spending half as much on a regular flagship phone instead.