If you recall a couple months back we had reported that Samsung has been working on flip-phones. It had launched the Galaxy Folder 2 in its home market of South Korea, although it was definitely not a specifications heavy-weight. Now, the Electronics behemoth is looking to launch a proper flagship flip-phone with top-of-the line silicon. A leak from a tipster in China revealed that this smartphone referred to as the W2018 will definitely be something to look out for.
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According to the leak, the handset has been given the model number SM-W2018. It will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. These specifications are in line with Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S8 range of smartphones. On the display front, the W2018 will feature a pair of 4.2-inch full-HD (1080 x1920) Super AMOLED panels, one on the face and the other internally.
What is really conflicting about this leak is that we were aware that Samsung was working on another flip-phone with Android on board bearing the model number SM-G9298. It was listed on TENAA a couple months back with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. It was running on Android v.6.x, Marshmallow. According to a report on GizmoChina though, that TENAA listing is no longer accessible.
Currently, we do not know whether Samsung has scrapped the SM-G9298 in favour of the W2018 or if the latter is a completely independent device in separate development. We can rest assured on one speculation, neither of these smartphones would be released in the Western market due to reduced or almost no demand for premium flip phones. Either way, we should know sooner if not later what Samsung has up its sleeve.
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