Samsung GT-B9120, dual-touchscreen Android flip phone on its way to China Unicom

A new Samsung Android smartphone is on its way to China, more specifically to China Unicom, the country’s second largest carrier. The Samsung GT-B9120 has a unique form factor, packing two 3.5-inch 480×800 Super AMOLED touchscreens into a flip phone design reminiscent of devices from yesteryear such as the original Motorola RAZR.

And because both screens are large enough, this may just be how the flip design becomes usable in the touchscreen age. You can use the screen on the outside for everything, and then ‘open up’ the phone just when taking a voice call. Or you can also use the T9-style keyboard for texting. It’s your choice.

Although this design will most likely not turn into a mass market success, it’s the first actual new thing we’ve seen in the space in quite a while. Sure, the clamshell/flip idea has been around forever, but so far it hasn’t been made to work with touchscreens. It’s good to see Samsung stray away from its tried and true designs and go with something more ambitious every once in a while.

Spec-wise, the B9120 looks like it will be an upper-midrange offering. A 5 MP camera is fitted to the rear, there’s also a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon processor (that can be clocked at either 1.2 GHz or 1.5 GHz, we don’t have the exact details yet), HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of built-in storage space. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

It’s unclear when exactly China Unicom will start selling it, but it’s got to happen pretty soon.


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