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Meet the Samsung SM-G9198, a Snapdragon 808-powered Android Lollipop clamshell

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Meet the Samsung SM-G9198, a Snapdragon 808-powered Android Lollipop clamshell
The Samsung SM-G9198 that we told you about back in May is indeed powered by a Snapdragon 808 processor (as reported back then), but it's not a Galaxy mini of some sorts. Instead, it's a brand new flip phone that should be launched in the near future in China.

Approved this week by China's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center (better known as TENAA), the SM-G9198 sports two 3.91-inch AMOLED displays with 768 x 1280 pixels, runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and is pretty heavy and thick: it weighs 191 grams, and measures 119.7 x 66.6 x 16.7 mm (when closed).

On the back, the new smartphone has a 16 MP camera with LED flash, while its front-facing selfie camera is a 5 MP one. The six-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor that's inside the SM-G9198 is clocked at 1.8 GHz. It's worth noting that this is the first Samsung-made smartphone to use this Qualcomm chipset. Other features include LTE connectivity, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, and microSD card support (up to 128 GB).

The SM-G9198 seems to be the successor to the Samsung SM-G9098, an Android-based flip phone that was released last year in China. The new handset will probably be a China-only affair, since clamshell smartphones are no longer popular in other parts of the world (except maybe for South Korea).

What do you think about the Samsung SM-G9198? Would you buy and use one?


source: TENAA (translated)

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posted on 07 Jul 2015, 22:00 2

1. shiftt (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 May 2015)


No comment. Just wow..

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 22:02 7

2. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1491; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Is it kind of a flagship? Looks awesome btw.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 22:04 3

3. avila_moses (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Jul 2015)


A high end Flip-Phone!? Yes please. I'd prefer something more like the Motorola Back Flip, but this is nostalgic enough so that for around $400, I'll buy it. Plus, how many heads would that turn right!?

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 22:04 2

4. waddup121 (unregistered)


>Uses 808 instead of 810.

BASED SAMSUNG IS SMART! NOT DOA SEAL OF APPROVAL!

posted on 08 Jul 2015, 00:36 1

15. DirtyDan23 (Posts: 279; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


>Greentext on a phone website

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 22:22 1

5. Chuck007 (Posts: 1035; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Go home Samsung - you're drunk.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 22:52 8

9. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1491; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Maybe you are.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 22:27

6. BLSEOTB (Posts: 330; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)


Does anyone really buy these extra phones samsung puts out? I would just buy last years flagship phone instead.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 22:33

7. walnuttt (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Apr 2014)


What's the use of this phone if this will be ONLY launched at certain markets/region? Must be released worldwide and get my money now.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 22:53

10. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1491; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Because it wouldn't sell that much. Thats why they market phones suited to the taste of a particular region.

posted on 27 Jul 2015, 06:34

29. robertkoa (Posts: 87; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


Agreed. In USA flip phones are
not in demand.

However this with higher specs and no flip could be a nice S6 Mini as it was originally reported
as a nice nearly Flagship Mini.

posted on 08 Jul 2015, 19:45

26. TechNeck (Posts: 237; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


These phones are usually launched in regions like Japan. (I blame anime for that. )

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 22:40 2

8. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8345; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Smart-Flip. A new phone category.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 23:17

11. Cheezwiz (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


PLEASE MAKE MORE OF THESE

posted on 08 Jul 2015, 00:11 2

12. kryme (Posts: 327; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


guess if there is someone on this earth that need a flip phone in 2015.... samsung got their back....

posted on 08 Jul 2015, 00:17

13. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I wonder, do people still like flip phones?

posted on 08 Jul 2015, 05:08 2

22. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


I wonder too what's the point of this phone while you can have those f**king buttons on screen? There's exactly nothing nice about it?

posted on 08 Jul 2015, 05:23

23. drunkenjay (Posts: 859; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


i like sliders or swivels.

if they introduced slider or swivel phones i wouldnt mind it,

i like a phone like sony ericsson w850i or the w900

posted on 08 Jul 2015, 00:35 1

14. EngleBertZombie (Posts: 36; Member since: 22 May 2015)


hope for us launch but that will never happen :(

posted on 08 Jul 2015, 00:42

16. megathaszrul89 (Posts: 112; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


I miss moto's flip out and n90's design. They're quite nostalgic, unique and sometimes useful too :)

posted on 08 Jul 2015, 01:07

17. mixedfish (Posts: 1152; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Who thought it was a good idea to add the 16mp logo on the back.

posted on 08 Jul 2015, 01:18

18. alterans (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Jun 2015)


i'm surprised these type of devices haven't made it to the states. There are many who want a smartphone for simple things like phone calls, and occasionally looking up weather and other basic web tasks. For those who could care less about apps and customization. Although some feature phones claim to have these features, I find that they often times don't live up to their promises and instead provide a slow and sluggish web experience. Truthfully, I would assume this type of device hasn't made it to the stats for lack of carrier support. All carriers wan't their customers on true smartphones consuming media and large amounts of data. A device like this wouldn't promote a profitable level of data usage me thinks.

posted on 08 Jul 2015, 02:39

19. Bm888 (Posts: 390; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


Flip might not appeal to me but always look forward for a device with 6inch display with optional qwerty slider like one on symbian old nokias :)

^Bm ™

posted on 08 Jul 2015, 03:37

20. lylee73 (Posts: 84; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


Makes an extra sense.... well no.

posted on 08 Jul 2015, 03:59 1

21. Gadgety (Posts: 169; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Where are those flexible OLED screens?

posted on 08 Jul 2015, 08:08

24. gersont1000 (Posts: 290; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I would love to buy this for my mom if it was a cheap phone, under $200. I'm sure many older people would love this, and just use some smartphone features like WhatsApp, camera, simple games and calculator.

posted on 08 Jul 2015, 11:37 1

25. Sondae (Posts: 277; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


Another expensive phone thats same as Samsung galaxy golden.

posted on 08 Jul 2015, 22:45

27. Hyde_Yamato (Posts: 22; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


make it global version pleaseeee

posted on 27 Jul 2015, 06:30

28. robertkoa (Posts: 87; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


Lol.

I liked it better when it was the S6 Mini with a 4.6 " or 4.7" screen.

This chipset with 32 Gig memory and SD Card AND 2600 Mah to 3000 Mah Battery with
Good screen and S6 Camera with OIS could be a great
near Flagship Mini.

On a $ 450 device a good sized battery OR removable Battery and SD Support might fill a few holes in Samsung's line up.

Needs 8 millimeter thickness for Battery size.

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