Gionee has decided to take a leaf out of the past and unveiled a flip phone dubbed the W909. The handset certainly inspires nostalgia with its retro look, but whether consumers actually want to go back to such a design is another matter entirely.
Gionee seems to think they do and has gone all-out to infuse the W909 with as many premium features as it could fit. The approach is similar to how BlackBerry had developed the Priv, combining a slider phone with top-end specs. The new smartphone boasts of USB Type-C connectivity and a fingerprint scanner which has been placed below its main snapper.
The all-metal W909 comes with two 4.2-inch IPS screens which output their visuals in 720p. Its rear surface sports a faux leather back and a 16MP camera with LED flash and PDAF. There’s also a 5MP front-facing shooter for selfies and video calls. The handset further packs 64GB of internal memory.
A quick summary of the top specs of the Gionee W909:
– Displays: 4.2-inch IPS, 720 x 1280 pixels
– OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Amigo UI
– CPU: octa-core 64-bit MediaTek Helio P10
– Memory: 64GB, expandable till 128GB
– RAM: 4GB
– Battery: 2530mAh
– Camera: 16MP rear, 5MP front
– Weight: 207.7g
– Dimensions: 124.1 x 62.8 x 16.5mm
– Connectivity: 4G, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C, Bluetooth, GPS
The arrival of the W909 also saw the launch of the company’s flagship S8 in China. To recall, the latter made its international debut a month ago at MWC 2016. The handset plays host to a number of unique features such as Dual WhatsApp and the brand’s own version of 3D Touch, allowing users to exert different amounts of pressure on the screen to get things done.
The Gionee W909 is priced at 3999 Yuan (approx $616) and the S8 retails for 2599 Yuan (roughly $400). We’ll keep you updated as and when the manufacturer decides to release the two in other markets.