In the era of bezel-less, 18:9, and full-touch phones, we wouldn’t think that flip phones could still have a place in this emerging market, where competition tends to become harder because many choices are simply becoming available.
However, if you love luxury, and ludicrous things where you can spend your disposable money lying around, perhaps you would get the recently-launched and not conventionally-named W2018, a flip-phone that seems so old-school, yet has the flagship features most 2017 flagship smartphones have.
At an event held in Xiamen, China, Samsung and China Telecom announced the W2018, which marks the 10th anniversary of the Samsung’s W-series and 25th anniversary of Samsung in the Chinese market.
The black-colored base version is already priced at 15,999 Yuan in China, equating to/or more than $2,400 or ~PhP122,000 on Chinese online retailers JD and TMall. Not to mention that there are also limited editions that are available in gold and silver, which for sure, costs more.
Now what makes this phone so expensive aside from the fact that it’s a throwback phone?
While the W2018 looks like your old-school flip-phone from the late 2000s, the Samsung W2018 boasts flagship-level specs, starting with a pair of 4.2-inch, 1080p AMOLED displays, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM and either 64GB and 256GB of internal storage.
The device also comes with a small 2300mAh battery, that can be charged with its USB-C connection. It will run Android Nougat out-of-the-box (this will get Android Oreo, for sure). It also comes with a fingerprint reader and Samsung Bixby digital assistant, with a dedicated Bixby button as well. Like many China-only devices, it lacks Google services and other Western-esque features.
But what takes our attention further is the camera
The front-facing camera has a 5-megapixel sensor and f/1.9 aperture, while the 12-megapixel rear-camera, has f/1.5 aperture, the lowest ever on a smartphone, even beating LG V30’s f/1.6 aperture. It can record 4K video at 30 fps.
The same camera is also said to be capable of switching between f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures, depending on how much light is available.
Now, we just like to say that Samsung deserves some recognition when it comes to squeezing that kind of hardware into a flip-phone this size, and to tell you that if you have disposable cash lying around, you should probably fly to China if you want to try it out for yourself.