Samsung continues a keen maker of premium clamshell (or “flip”) smartphones; despite them slumping out of admiration in western markets. Its newest clamshell model, known as the Samsung W2018 (not to be confounded with the Samsung Leader 8 discussed earlier this year); has been the point of some recent talks, and a few days ago; a leaked video provided us what could be a first look at the device in action.
It First Appeared On Weibo
The video arrived on Chinese Social Media website Weibo (via phoneArena); though it’s not explicit where the customer got the device from. As you can notice in the video; inserted below, the invention proffers use of some of Samsung’s recent design concepts; like the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner beside the camera sensor, but in other domains; it’s fiercely different from its modern devices we’ve examined from the South Korean manufacturer.
The Samsung W2018 is anticipated to have a dual-sided, 4.2-inch, 1080p AMOLED display (both sides of which appear to be touch-enabled); as well as a physical keyboard and navigation buttons. It’s also supposed to pack a Snapdragon 835 chipset; 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable storage.
As for the front and rear cameras; these are anticipated to come in at 5 MP and 12 MP respectively; while the device is also said to run Android Nougat out of the box. The battery, meanwhile, is rumored to come in at 2,300 mAh — less than you’d find on most modern flagships; though it may charge wirelessly.
Arriving beside the hands-on video was news of the device launch date: it’s supposed to be unveiled in China on December 1, as was intimated by a leaked Samsung poster found by PlayfulDroid. An official release in Western markets is, however, unlikely.
As a final note, be cognizant that the Samsung W2018 is not the alike as the foldable smartphone that Samsung is rumored to be preparing. That device is expected to appear next year with a real folding display, not just a folding body.