There’s no denying that smartphones are getting more and more expensive. I remember back in the days whereby a flagship smartphone costs about RM2,000 (and about RM3,000 for Apple devices). Now, a regular flagship smartphone retails at about RM3,000, the most expensive iPhone costs RM4,799, and Samsung just launched a high-end Android clamshell smartphone is rumoured to cost up to 20,000 yuan – that’s RM12,405.
Named the Samsung W2017, the device features two 4.2” Super AMOLED displays – at the front and another at the back. On the inside, it is powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Camera wise, there’s a 12MP rear shooter with f/1.9 aperture and can record 4K videos, while the front has a 5MP shooter on board.
It also features all the other specs that you would find on a high-end smartphone today including 4G LTE connectivity, dual-SIM, 2300mAh battery with fast wireless charging, Always On Display, and a fingerprint sensor.
While Samsung did not announce the pricing and availability of the Samsung W2017, according to rumours, the device will come with a ridiculous price tag of up to 20,000 yuan. Unfortunately for those who wish to get their hands on the W2017, like most clamshell smartphones from Samsung, it will not likely be launched in Malaysia.