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TENAA, China’s version of the FCC, has released information that a Xiaomi clamshell phone running Android 4.4.4 Kitkat has passed its certification tests with the model number SN-W2015.

According to TENAA’s documentation, the clamshell device has two 3.97-inch touchscreen, one on either side of the top half of the device. Each display  has a 480 x 800 resolution.

The SN-W2015 is  powered by a quad-core processor running at 1.4 Ghz, backed by a seemingly disproportionate 8 gigabytes of RAM.

According to the documents, the SN-W2015 will have 16gb of internal storage.

The TENAA application lists the certification date as August 31, meaning we could see some more leaks and a possible launch date in the next 6-8 months.

But why? Why would one of the world’s leading smartphone makers build a device that most consumers would perceive as antiquated?

Japan.

We believe that Xiaomi will try and enter the Japanese market with the clamshell. Japan is famous for their “Galapagos” flip phones.

We think there might also bee wide appeal in the domestic Chinese market if the SN-W2015 price point is under US$50, which it could be.

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