No, this isn’t a Flashback Friday article. Despite 99 percent of smartphones being bar-shaped touchscreens, the newly launched Android-powered Galaxy Folder 2 clamshell handset is Samsung’s latest throwback product.

As you can tell by the number, this isn’t the first time Samsung has released such a form factor. The first Galaxy Folder came out in July last year with a 3.8-inch, 800 x 480-pixel touchscreen and mostly low-end specs. The newer Folder 2 is obviously better in terms of performance, but surprisingly retains the exact same display.

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To speed up the performance, the updated Galaxy Folder is equipped with a much faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset and 2GB of RAM, which is more than the older model’s 1.5GB of memory. The internal storage has been bumped up to 16GB as well, and it can be further pushed using a microSD card.

All these help in powering the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and assuring quick shots for the 8-megapixel main camera and 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. The 1,950mAh battery might not seem sufficient, but when you consider the smallish, low-resolution screen, there’s no reason to worry.

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We’re still waiting for Samsung to provide details on the release dates and prices. All we know is that the Galaxy Folder 2 will come out in China first, and that there’s going to be a large demand from flip phone fanatics who can’t accept the smartphones of today.

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Source: Samsung China