updated 12:45 pm EST, Sat December 3, 2011
Samsung W999 packs two screens and two SIMs
Samsung in a rare move for itself has brought out a unique, China-first Android phone. The W999 looks like a basic Japanese keitai clamshell but has Android 2.3 inside and a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon MSM8660 chip to give it full speed. Both the inside and outside have 3.5-inch, 480x800 Super AMOLED displays and full Android controls, letting the owner fully control Android whether it's open or closed.
In step with the Chinese market it's aimed at, the W999 has two SIM slots to give users their choice of personal and work lines or just multiple carriers, and they can connect to WAPI networks as well as Wi-Fi. A five-megapixel camera provides photos, although there's no front camera. It runs both on GSM and CDMA with 3G when it's on a CDMA carrier's EVDO network.
The phone was designed with CDMA phone carrier China Telecom in mind and should be on that carrier's network sometime in early 2012. With the W899 ancestor costing the equivalent of $1,410 off-contract, the W999 is likely to cost a similar amount. [via Engadget]