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This is Samsung's stylish take on an Android flip phone

The W2017 comes with two 4.2-inch touchscreens, a Snapdragon 820 processor and a hefty price tag.

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Apple has been granted a patent for a folding iPhone, but it's not the only company that wants to bring back this classic phone design.

Samsung on Friday unveiled the W2017, an Android-based premium flip phone with not one but two 4.2-inch touchscreens. Both screens are on the top section of the phone, while the bottom half houses a feature-phone style keyboard.

The device, which uses the clamshell design used on many pre-iPhone feature phones, is expected to cost a pretty penny. It's only currently expected to go on sale in China, where GSM Arena says it'll be priced at a whopping 20,000 Chinese Yuan. That's about $2,950, £2,350 or AU$3,850.

The W2017 is powered by a Snapdragon 820, the same processor used in the Galaxy S7. It'll be running behind the times on the operating system front, running Marshmallow 6.0.1 rather than the newer Nougat 7.0.

Key specs

  • Two 4.2-inch 1,920x,1,080-pixel Super AMOLED displays
  • 12-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera
  • 2,300 mAh battery
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB onboard storage
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