After online leaks and rumors for the upcoming Samsung W2018 flip phone, Samsung has finally launched the smartphone with the name Samsung SM-G9298 in China and is briefly listed on Samsung China website with full specifications details and images of the flip phone. The device is listed with Black color option but we don't have the pricing and availability details of the device.
Its still unclear if it will be available outside China but as we saw in the past with Samsung flip phones, we can't expect to be available globally. It might be priced aggressively just like the Samsung W2017 flip phone launched last year in China that was rumored to be available with a price tag of around 20,000 yuan in China which is around $3000. Samsung SM-G9298 was already approved by TENAA in April revealing the images and images of the device.
The translated Chinese text from Samsung China website listing of the device confirms its name as Leadership 8 or Flagship 8, but it might be available with the name Samsung W2018. The Samsung SM-G9298 comes with a small upgradation over the last year's Samsung W2017 flip phone. It features a dual display and has a fingerprint scanner available on the rear side.
It features a 3D glass and has a full metal design, it also comes with a Multi-function hotkey in the keyboard and also supports wireless charging. It features a dual display with 4.2-inch full HD Super AMOLED dual displays on both internal and external sides with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. It is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor with Adreno 530 GPU instead of the Snapdragon 835 SoC.
The Samsung SM-G9298 flip phone comes with same 4GB of RAM option with 64GB of internal storage capacity which is also expandable up to 256GB with the help of a microSD card. The official listing of the device doesn't mention the Android version but it might be running the Android Marshmallow OS as we saw in the TENAA listing but might ship with Android Nougat. It also comes with the support for hybrid dual SIMs.
The camera department of this premium flip phone includes a 12-megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture, PDAF, 1.4μm pixels and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera having a f/1.9 aperture. It has the same 2300mAh battery with Fast Charging support and supports connectivity options such as 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2X2 MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1 LE, GPS + GLONASS and NFC A fingerprint sensor is available on the rear side and it also comes with heart rate sensor. It measures 130.2 x 62.6 x 15.9mm and weights 235 grams.