Samsung's high-end flip phone looks ready for prime time

Samsung’s forthcoming high-end flip phone – which has been revealed to have the model name SM-G9298 – has been leaked to the press in a series of images.

Flip phones remain a curious part of mobile history, and some device manufacturers have refused to let the clamshell form factor go. LG took a stab at the design with the LG Gentle, and now a new leak has revealed that Samsung is preparing a new flip phone for the Asian market with the model name SM-G9298.
Here’s the significant thing; rather than serve as a budget or quick and easy filler in the market space, Samsung’s flip phone will actually carry some high-end specs; among them, it is expected that the SM-G9298 will carry a Snapdragon 821 SoC in addition to 4GB of RAM.
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Beyond that, the handset will have some interesting additions – including 64GB of internal storage, a 2,300mAh battery, and a 12-megapixel main camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing unit. The handset is also expected to leverage an Always-On display on its front panel, like the Galaxy S8.
While the SM-G9298 will further (apparently) have a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, the module will differ from Samsung’s flagship device in that the unit will be placed beneath the primary camera, rather than being adjacent to it.
It remains to be seen whether the device is, in fact, one of the early fruits of Samsung’s Project Vallery initiative, which is said to be developing a smartphone that can transition into different states through either a flexibile display or hinge. The fact that Samsung has opted to produce a flip phone at all, however, likely indicates that hinge mechanisms and foldable designs remain on its agenda.
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