Samsung has finally unveiled the W2018 smartphone after multiple rumours had been suggesting its launch. The smartphone features a retro flip phone design with internals that are found on current flagship phones by the company. Apart from the design, the other major highlight of this phone is its camera module. Let’s have a closer look at what this phone has to offer.
Design and Display
The design of this smartphone will send you down the memory lane when flip phones were the trend. This phone brings in the best of both worlds packing a fancy design with great internals. On the display aspect of things, the phone features not one but two 4.2-inch Full HD displays. The display on the front is also layered with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The phone also sports a fingerprint sensor that is located on the rear side of the phone next to the primary camera. The W2018 also integrates a dedicated Bixby button to summon Samsung’s inbuilt personal assistant.
Performance and Storage
Underneath its sleek 15mm body, the smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship chipset – the Snapdragon 835 coupled with an Adreno 540 GPU. It also packs in a massive 6GB of RAM for multitasking purposes. On the storage front, the smartphone will ship in either 64GB or 256GB of internal storage.
Camera and Software
Coming to the main highlight of the phone which is in the optics department. The smartphone is fitted with two sets of cameras, one on the back and one on the front. The primary camera module comprises of a 12-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/1.5. With this camera, the Samsung W2018 becomes the first phone to feature a camera with an aperture this small. In comparison, the LG V30 has a camera with an aperture of f/1.6 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 has one with f/1.7 aperture. Both phones take some really great photos in low light and the W2018 is expected to surpass them.
On the front, the phone also packs in a 5-megapixel selfie camera. Given that the device is a flip phone, it might even be easier to capture images at a better angle.
On the software front, the phone will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box with Samsung’s custom skin on top.
Connectivity and Battery
In terms of connectivity, the phone supports all the conventional solutions including 2G, 3G, and 4G with VoLTE. The phone also features a USB Type-C port on the bottom to charge up its 2,300mAh battery and transfer data.
Although Samsung hasn’t officially revealed the pricing yet, the phone may cost up to a whopping $2000. At this price, it would be twice as expensive as the iPhone X! The phone will initially be available through China Telecom in China. What are your views on this smartphone?