Is Samsung bringing the flip phone back? Find out here

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published May 30, 2017, 7:58 pm IST
Updated May 30, 2017, 8:47 pm IST
Samsung still has found a market for clamshell phones which were popular a decade back
It now seems that there are some customers find this device more appealing than that of rectangular unibody smartphones. (Representational image)
 It now seems that there are some customers find this device more appealing than that of rectangular unibody smartphones. (Representational image)

Samsung is known to develop multiple lines of smartphones ranging from low-end devices to premium phones which incorporate the latest specs and sets trends in the market. But one interesting projects that Samsung had indulged in is the Samsung W series of clamshell phones.

The number of compact and thin smartphones has increased in the smartphone market, but Samsung still has found a market for clamshell phones which were popular a decade back. It now seems that there are some customers find this device more appealing than that of rectangular unibody smartphones. Samsung offers phones to a wide range of consumers and the W2017 has seen sufficient adoption for the Korean phone maker to launch a successor. The W2018 isn’t out yet, but the device has just received TENAA certification, signalling an imminent release.

 

The specifications and images which are revealed in the TENAA listing portray a device quite similar to last year’s model, meaning that Samsung is relying on the W2018 design, rather than specs. The phone carries the model number SM-G9298 and features two 4.2-inch Full HD displays, together with a Snapdragon 821AB chipset, compared to last year’s Snapdragon 820 chip.

RAM and internal memory are the same at 4GB and 64GB of storage. Battery capacity is a 2300mAh battery, as Samsung didn’t increase the battery capacity on the new model despite its thick and bulky shape. It appears to measure 15.9mm in thickness, while the W2018 weighs 234grams, by 26 grams more compared to the W2017.

The rear camera unit is a 12MP sensor which can record HD videos, while the selfie snapper on the front is a 5MP camera. The previous W2017 had the capacity to record 4K 2160p videos, we doubt the new model was downgraded.

The smartphone runs on last year’s 6.0 Marshmallow, Samsung didn’t take the time to update the mobile OS on the new phone. That being said, the W2017 arrived in November last year, and the new model could make its debut in the same month.

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