Samsung has unveiled its latest flagship flip phone during a launch event in China – the W2018. This is the 10th clamshell phone added to the W line. Many of its specs are quite similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8 with one spec making the W2018 stand out of the crowd. The W2018 comes with an aperture of f/1.5 — the lowest we’ve seen to this date,beating out the previous record held by LgV30 which had an aperture of f/1.6.
With an extremely fast camera aperture such as this the phone’s 12MP rear camera will be able to take sharp images in low light conditions than any other flagship phone released to this date can. This phone also has the ability to switch to an aperture of f/2.7 when in an area with a significant lighting as recognized by the phone’s software thus capturing a deeper depth of the field.
Most phones these days do not come with the potential to switch between apertures in a fixed lens with the Nokia N86 MP being the last to have it. Apart from this there’s nothing unique about the camera, it features a 1.4µm pixels, dual-pixel auto-focus and optical image stabilization similar to that of the Note 8. Samsung seems to have included a lot of firsts in its latest flagship clam-shell, since it is also the first flip phone to support Bixby Assistant along with a dedicated button for this on the side.
The phone comes with two 4.2 inch AMOLED full HD display, dual sim slots, a fingerprint scanner at the rear, an iris scanner, NFC and a 5-megapixel f/1.9 front camera. The rest are what you expect with pretty much any flagship phone these days : Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB RAM with a 64GB or 256 GB storage options.
On the downside this phone comes with only a 2300mAh battery (it would barely last a day) and is shipped with Android Nougat instead of the latest Android Oreo OS.
In addition to this to spice up the whole thing, the buyers are eligible to many perks some of them being concierge help at airports and subways, free software tech support, and a hotline just for VIPs. All these seems fancy but so would the price be, although it is not officially known we can expect it to exceed the W2017 price line which was around $3000. Personally i don’t feel that the addition of a few tech supports and a great camera is worth this much especially when you take into consideration that most of its features are similar to that of the Galaxy Note 8 and S8 which are cheaper.
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