iPhone 4S Rival Alert: Samsung Unveils Dual Screen Smartphone

Samsung will unveil a new smartphone in 2012 with China Telecom, the SCH-W999 which will be a clamshell model with two 3.5-inch WVGA capacitive Super AMOLED displays stuck together (ed : why would they do that?).

The W999 is said to be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8660 chipset, a dual core monster clocked at 1.2GHz, with a five megapixel camera, 16GB onboard storage, dual mode GSM/CDMA EV-DO 3G, Bluetooth and dual SIM support.

The other inner side of the handset houses a keypad with rather large keys as well as a few control keys; think of it as a bigger version of the Motorola Razor V3.

The two screens means that it will be rather heavy (206g), quite thick and will unfortunately be very expensive at $1570 (or 10,000 yuan).

No details as to whether the handset will be sold outside China, whether it will be part of the Galaxy family and what the rest of its specification will be.

While it might not be a hit in the Western world, this particular form factor is quite popular in South East Asia.