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Samsung Launches Leader 8, Flagship Flip Smart Phone

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Samsung Launches Leader 8, Flagship Flip Smart Phone

Specifications
Status

Announced

Manufacturer

Samsung

Model / Variant

Leader 8

Dimensions

130.2 x 62.6 x 15.9mm

Weight

235g

Colors

Black

Display Size and Type

4.2-inch internal and external Super AMOLED

Display Resolution

1920 x 1080 px

Chipset

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821

Memory Storage

64GB

RAM

4GB

Memory Expandability

MicroSD card up to 256GB

Operating System

Android

Primary Camera

12MP with f/1.7 aperture

Primary Video

3840 x 2160 px

Battery

2,300mAh

2G Network

GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900

3G Network

B1 (2100), B2 (1900), B5 (850)

4G / LTE Network

B1 (2100), B3 (1750 to 1765), B3 (1765 to 1780), B4 (AWS), B7 (2600), B8 (900)

Connectivity

Micro USB
WiFi
Bluetooth 4.1
NFC

SIM Type

Nano-SIM

Other Features

Fingerprint Sensor

In order to continue being the flag-bearer of flip smartphones, Samsung has announced the new Leader 8 in the Chinese market. The new device will succeed last year’s SM-W2017 as the Samsung flagship flip phone for 2017. The Leader 8 was announced on Samsung’s website along with all the specifications.

4.2″ Super AMOLED Internal and External Panels

 

The flip smartphone, codenamed SM-G9298 packs two 4.2-inch Super AMOLED display panels with a 1920 x 1080 px resolution, one on the outside of the device and one inside. The Leader 8 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset along with 4GB RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, expandable up to 256GB. Samsung has decided to go with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset this time around unlike last year’s Exynos Chipset in the SM-W2017. The Leader 8 has a 2,300mAH battery with wireless charging capabilities. Among other features, Samsung has also packed in Samsung Pay, a digital wallet for mobile payment.

12MP Rear-Facing Camera, Fingerprint Sensor and Heart-rate Sensor

On the camera front, it houses a 12 MP rear-facing camera with an f/1.7 aperture for better low-light performance and a 5 MP front-facing camera with an f/1.9 aperture. The rear facing camera records 3840 x 2160 px video at 30fps and supports autofocus. There is no mention of OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) in Samsung’s announcement post. The fingerprint sensor sits just below the rear camera along with Samsung’s standard heart rate sensor.

A flip smartphone in the era of bezel-less sleek phones is a different move from Samsung, but it has identified an audience for new-age flip phones. The specifications of the Leader 8 will hold up against many smartphones of 2017. Details of pricing and the availability of the phone have not been shared by Samsung yet. This puts a question mark on whether this device will be made available for international markets.

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