Samsung Continues To Launch Flip Smart Phones With The W2018
4.2-inch AMOLED outer display
4.2-inch inner display
1920 x 1080 px
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Up to 256GB
Android 7. Nougat
4K @ 30fps
If you’re not aware, flip phones were all the rage back in early 2000’s with the Moto Razr being one of the most famous phones back in the day. However, with the advent of touchscreens and smartphones, the flip phone craze slowly faded away. Samsung however, has consistently launched Android powered flip phones in the Asian market, and to many’s surprise, they’re quite popular.
Samsung has launched a yet another flip smart phone, the W2018 at an event in South Korea. The new phone also marks the ‘W’ lineup’s 10th anniversary.
The W2018 has a 4.2-inch full HD AMOLED front display, and a 4.2-inch full HD inner display with a directional pad and a number keypad. There’s a fingerprint scanner beside the rear camera, like other Samsung models, and a Bixby button for voice assistance. It comes in gold and platinum in a metal-and-glass body protected by Gorilla Glass.
It has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, Adreno 540 GPU, 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 256GB of storage which can be expanded via microSD card.
It is powered by a 2300 mAh battery which might seem small considering it has to power to displays with over 4 inches in size. The phone will run Android 7 Nougat out of the box even though Android 8.0 Oreo was launched over three months ago.
Samsung W2018 boasts the first ever smartphone camera with an f/1.5 aperture. This beats the LG V30 which became the first ever smartphone to have an f/1.6 aperture at the time of its launch. Samsung claims that the rear camera can capture sharp images in less light than the cameras on rival phones can. It also has a 5MP front camera. Through software, the camera can sense when there’s enough light to switch to f/2.4 and capture more of the background in photos.
As far as pricing is concerned, there is no official word yet. To give you some perspective, the W2017 was priced at US $3000 so, expect the W2018 to be priced higher than that. This phone is clearly not for the faint-hearted and should be strictly recommended to those who prefer luxury over practicality.