Samsung is going back to the basics with its latest device, the Samsung Galaxy Golden, which is a new take on the traditional clamshell phone.
The South Korean manufacturer announced the new handset on Wednesday. The device, which has a color closer to bronze than gold, includes some fairly basic specs that have many thinking it may be aimed at consumers who prefer simpler devices amid the smartphone craze. The Samsung Galaxy Golden features two 3.7-inch 800 x 480 Super AMOLED screens on either side of its upper panel. The lower panel includes traditional number and control pads. The flip-phone is powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor and includes an 8-megapixel main camera and 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, a built-in FM radio, full LTE support and an 1820mAh battery.
As for software, the Samsung Galaxy Golden runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and includes a number of features made popular by the flagship Samsung Galaxy S4, including the S Health and Optical Reader apps. The Galaxy Golden also includes an Easy Mode setting, which allows certain features to be more prominent on the device to make the phone simpler to use.
Despite its simplicity, the Samsung Galaxy Golden isn’t cheap. The handset, which will be exclusive to South Korea’s SKT and KT mobile networks, will sell for 799,700 Korean won or $700. The Galaxy Golden is not expected to reach markets outside of Korea.
The Samsung Galaxy Golden isn’t the only flip-phone recently announced by company. Earlier this month, the manufacturer announced that the Samsung Hennessy, to be released in partnership with Hennessy Cognac, will feature two 3.3-inch 320x480 touch displays, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.