A lot of people don’t know Samsung releases three flagship series per year. Apart from the Galaxy S series and the Galaxy Note series, there is actually a third series and it’s the W-series exclusive to China. The W-series have a clamshell design (or flip phone as most people call it) and are also Samsung’s most expensive phones with price tags reaching almost $3,000.
Going by the naming scheme, this year’s model should launch as the W2019 and there is a high chance it is the third Snapdragon 845 phone headed to China.
News of the Samsung W2019 first surfaced a few months ago when @MMDJ_, a leaker known for Samsung-related devices, tweeted some details about it. He revealed the device is internally referred to as “Project Lykan” and will come with dual rear cameras. The folks at XDA Developers have done some digging and found more info related to the device. This new info confirms it will have a Snapdragon 845 processor.
After digging through kernel source code for the Galaxy S9 (SD845 variant), they found references to a device codenamed “lykan”. They also came across the codename in two files. One of the files is named “sdm845-sec-lykanlte-chn-r00.dtb” while the other is named “sdm845-sec-lykanlte-chn-r01.dtb”.
Apart from the link to the Snapdragon 845 chipset, nothing spec-related was found. We do hope more details should surface soon. Nevertheless, we are sure the phone will come with dual displays just like its predecessors.
What we can’t say is if Samsung will debut a new feature with the phone as it did with last year’s model. For those who don’t know, the Samsung W2018 is the first Samsung phone with a variable aperture, allowing the camera to automatically switch between a f/2.4 and f/1.5 aperture depending on the lighting condition of the scene.