Samsung unveiled its ultra-premium flip phone at an event held in Xiamen, China this week. The device has been named Samsung W2018. It is the successor to the W2017, and not to the Leader 8 which was announced recently. Just like all their ultra-premium flip phones, the W2018 will only go on sale in Asia. It is expected to be priced upwards of $2,000. We would have loved to see this device launched globally. Interestingly, the Samsung W2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the W range and an overall 25th anniversary of Samsung in the Chinese market.
The device is a beast in terms of specifications and looks. It is made from a combination of metal and glass and will be available in two colour options – Elegant Gold and Platinum. Interestingly, it is the heaviest flagship from Samsung; it weighs 247 grams. For context, the Samsung Galaxy S8 weighs 155 grams and Galaxy Note 8 weighs 195 grams.
As for the specifications, the Samsung W2018 sports two 4.2-inch AMOLED touch displays, both with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Additionally, it also features a full keypad and navigational buttons. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. It features 6GB of RAM along with 64GB of internal storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD card, along with two separate slots for SIM cards. There is a rear mounted fingerprint sensor for security along with a Bixby button on the side of the device. All of this is backed by a 2,300mAh battery, it runs on Google’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system, which might be a downer for some. However, Samsung has promised an update to Android 8.0 Oreo in 2018.
As for the camera, the Samsung W2018 comes with a 12-megapixel camera with a f/1.5 aperture which is currently the lowest in any smartphone. Just to put it in perspective, the lowest aperture previously was of the LG V30 which was f/1.6.