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Samsung launches high-end dual-screened Android flip phone

  • Samsung launched a high-end flip phone called the Leader 8.
  • It runs Google's Android operating system, has two screens, a fingerprint sensor, wireless charging, and supports Samsung Pay.
  • It appears to only be available in China.
Samsung Leader 8 flip phone.
Samsung
Samsung Leader 8 flip phone.

Samsung has launched a high-end dual-screen flip phone in China which contains many of the company's latest features.

The Samsung G-9298, which is also called the Leader 8 or Leadership 8 when translated from Chinese, has two 4.2-inch screens, one on the front and one on the inner side of the device.

It also boasts a 12 megapixel main camera and 5 megapixel front camera.

Samsung hasn't made a big official announcement but a product page on its Chinese website lists the details of the device.

Several reports have suggested that the device runs a version of Google's Android mobile operating system.

The South Korean electronics giant has packed the device with many of the features found in its flagship Galaxy S8 phone. For example, it has wireless charging, fingerprint sensor, and Samsung Pay.

It's not the first flip phone from Samsung in recent times. It launched a very similar device called the W2017 earlier this year in China. Samsung is perhaps trying to appeal to nostalgic consumers wanting a piece of the 2000s.

But it could also be an attempt by the firm to differentiate itself in a market that is incredibly competitive and where it has been struggling. Samsung accounted for just 3 percent of smartphone shipments in China in the second quarter of 2017, down from 7 percent in the same period last year.

The company has not given any details of availability outside of China, when the device will be available, or how much it will cost.