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Everyone, stop the presses. The flip phone is back.

Remember when you used to get really angry at your mum/girlfriend/boss/whoever, and slam your phone shut as a result? For years now all you've been able to do instead is angrily press 'end call' on your touchscreen, and it hasn't been the same.

Samsung has the answer.

The company was rumoured to be working on a flip phone that runs Android, and the South Korea tech giant confirmed those rumours this week by posting an image of the device on its Chinese website.

The device is known as the W789 and features two screens – one on the cover and another on the inside. It's not for everyone, the phone comes in a light-purple-coloured shell and features a retro numerical keyboard for dialling.

The phone's screens each measure 3.3 inches and have 320-by-480 pixel resolutions, which are tiny by today's standards. But if you add the screen dimensions together, they basically add up to one normal sized smartphone screen.

The device runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera and has 8 gigabytes of storage. It runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The W789 also comes equipped with a microSD slot and two SIM-card slots, for work/home purposes or, if you're like Walt from Breaking Bad, normal life/meth cooking life purposes.

The phone isn't likely to hit Australian shores in the near future if at all, it's only listed on Samsung's Chinese website and the company has yet to announce any worldwide release plans.

You might have to continue angrily pressing 'end call' for some time still. Sorry.

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David Swan

David Swan is a tech journalist from Melbourne and is iTWire's Associate Editor. Having started off as a games reviewer at the age of 14, he now has a degree in Journalism from RMIT (with Honours) and owns basically every gadget under the sun. He also writes for Junkee and Fasterlouder. You can email him at david.swan@itwire.com or follow him at twitter.com/mrdavidswan

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