UPDATE: Samsung has priced the W2019’s 6+128GB model at 18999 Yuan ($2732!). Goes on pre-sale from Nov. 11.
Samsung has announced the W2019 flagship flip phone through a launch event in China. It has arrived as the successor of the Snapdragon 835 powered W2018 flip phone that was announced in December last year. Compared to the predecessor model, the W2019 has come with some new features such as improved processor, dual rear cameras and side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Samsung W2019 Specifications and Features
The Samsung W2019 flip phone features an external S-AMOLED display of 4.2 inches that carries support for Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The 4.2-inch internal S-AMOLED display of the phone also supports FHD resolution.
The clamshell phone when closed measures 132.9 x 63.4 x 17.3mm and it weighs 257 grams. The rear side of the phone is made out of Corning Gorilla Glass. It comes in two color choices of Rose Gold and Platinum. Opening the flip phone reveals its directional keypad as well as its numeric keypad. The smartphone is equipped with a side-mounted fingerprint reader.
The Snapdragon 845 chipset is present under the hood of the Samsung W2019. The SoC is supported by 6 GB of RAM. It comes in storage choices of 128 GB and 256 GB. There is a microSD card slot for expanding the storage of the clamshell phone. The W2019 is backed by 3,070mAh battery that offers 85 hours of standby time and around 280 hours of talk time.
Turning the phone to its back reveals its horizontally arranged 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel dual camera module. The main sensor supports f/1.5 – f/2.4 intelligent variable aperture. The secondary sensor has f/2.4 aperture. The dual rear cameras is equipped with features like OIS, 2x optical zoom, 4K video shooting at 60 fps and dual-tone LED flash. It also supports recording of Full HD slow motion videos at 960 fps.
The Android 8.1 Oreo OS along with Samsung Experience UI is present preinstalled on the W2019 flip phone. The connectivity features available on the smartphone include dual-SIM support, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC and Bluetooth 4.2. It lacks support for 3.5mm audio jack. The handset is equipped with a dedicated button for accessing Bixby AI assistant.
Samsung is known for providing exclusive concierge services for the users of W-series flagship flip phone. Free software fixes, phone disinfection and exclusive hotline service are some of the premium services that are available for the buyers of Samsung W2019.
Samsung W2019 Pricing and Release Date
Samsung is yet to confirm on the pricing of the smartphone. The smartphone will be exclusively available for purchase through China Unicom. The handset is expected to be priced more than 10,000 Yuan (~$1,439).