Samsung’s new flip phone puts most Android smartphones to shame (Update: Incredibly expensive)

Update, November 12, 2019 (3:41PM EST): GizmoChina reported that the W2019 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of garage prices an astronomical 18,999 yuan (~$2,732). Such a prime value already makes it an unreasonable acquire for 99.99 % of the inhabitants, with the remainder .01 % most likely browsing to flaunt their stacks of money.


Original article: Almost one yr after Samsung unveiled its ultra-premium W2018 flip phone, GizmoChina reported that the corporate is again at it once more with the equally-premium W2019. As was once the case with Samsung’s earlier flagship flip telephones, the W2019 will handiest be to be had in Asia.

In phrases of the outside, it looks as if Samsung constructed an absolute tank with the W2019. Clad in aluminum with a unique-looking hinge, the W2019 looks as if it’ll smash the bottom in case you drop it. Then once more, the phone options glass at the entrance, again, and inside of. The again panel is made from Corning Gorilla Glass, however we have no idea if the similar can also be mentioned of the shows at the inside and outside.

On the edges are a fingerprint reader and Bixby button, whilst the again options twin 12-megapixel cameras with OIS, 2x optical zoom, video recording up to 4K decision at 60fps, and Full HD-resolution slow-motion movies at 960fps. The major 12MP sensor additionally helps f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures. Around entrance is a 4.2-inch Super AMOLED show with 1,920 x 1,080 decision, even though there is not any headphone jack.

Flip the W2019 open and you’ll see the second one 4.2-inch Super AMOLED show with the similar Full HD decision, a directional pad, and a numeric keypad. Home, Back, Overview, and Copy buttons flank the directional pad.

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What you don’t see are the Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, both 128GB or 256GB of expandable garage, and 3,070mAh battery. The W2019 runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the field, with an replace to Android 9 Pie confidently within the pipeline.

Finally, W2019 homeowners may have get right of entry to to unique concierge products and services.

Whether you’ll stand the design is one factor, however there is not any query that the W2019 most commonly appears like a 2018 flagship Android smartphone. Geared in opposition to the ones with a watch for ultra-premium units, the W2019 seems to be to promote for over 10,000 yuan (~$1,439). The value makes the W2019 costlier than the Galaxy Note 9, which introduced with a 6,999 yuan (~$1,009) beginning value.

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