Samsung has announced its latest clam-shell smartphone in China, the Samsung W2018. The premium smartphone features flagship specifications in a classic form-factor. It is also marks the W-series 10th anniversary in China.
The metal and glass smartphone weighs in at 247 grams. That is 30 percent heavier than the Galaxy Note 8. The weight is justified seeing the phone features two AMOLED touchscreens screens, each clocking in at 4.2-inches and resolutions of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Of course the number keypad and navigation buttons are present as well.
Powering everything is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is microSD support for up to 256GB when needed. Dual SIM slots, a 2300mAh battery (yes, it is quite small) and Samsung Bixby with the hardware button is present in the W2018.
A feature that stands out on the W2018 is the camera. It is a 12-megapixel sensor with a variable f/1.5 to f/2.4 lens. The mechanically actuating aperture gives shooters choice between good out-of-focus shots or a deeper depth-of-field.
Android 7.1.1 is installed out of the box, but Samsung did mention that the phone will have Android Oreo in the pipeline sometime in 2018.
What is the price for this dual-screen clam-shell goodness? No final figures were mentioned, but it is said to mirror last year’s W2017, which had a price tag 20,000 Yuan (RM12,371). The phone can work with global 4G bands if you are looking to purchase it, but it is only retailing in China for now.