Samsung has launched its most expensive smartphone yet. And before you ask, no, it’s not an even more luxurious version of the Galaxy Note 8.
We’re talking about the Samsung W2018, potentially the best mainstream flip phone you can drop money on, provided you have thousands of dollars worth of disposable income lying around.
No joke — the base version, colored black, is priced at a whopping 15,999 yuan in China — or more than $2,400 or P122,000 on online retailers JD and TMall. And there are still limited editions that are available in gold and silver. Makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Apple iPhone X seem cheaper and more accessible by comparison, yes? This throwback phone? It’s anything but.
The Samsung W2018 flip phone
Billed as the ultimate crossover between a flip phone and a premium smartphone, the Samsung W2018 boasts some noteworthy specs, including a pair of 4.2-inch, 1080p OLED displays and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB of RAM. Internal storage options are 64GB and 256GB.
The front-facing camera uses a 5-megapixel sensor and f/1.9 optics, while the 12-megapixel rear-facer should draw a lot of attention, thanks to its large pixel size and f/1.5 aperture lens, the lowest ever on a smartphone.
The Samsung W2018’s 12-megapixel rear-facing camera should draw a lot of attention, thanks to its large pixel size and f/1.5 aperture lens, the lowest ever on a smartphone.
Additionally, the camera is said to be capable of switching between f/1.5 and f/2.4, depending on how much light is available. The lower aperture of the lens means it’s able to let in more light for brighter, sharper images in poor-lighting conditions.
A 2,300mAh battery keeps the device alive and can be charged over a USB-C connection. And year-old Android Nougat is the software of choice. The Samsung W2018 also comes with a fingerprint reader and the company’s Bixby digital assistant onboard.
But perhaps the craziest thing is the Korean tech giant was able to squeeze all this tech into a handy form factor that should appeal to customers who don’t mind paying a premium for a classy flip phone that has the bells and whistles of a modern flagship smartphone.
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