Here are the first live pictures of Samsung's W2018 clamshell flagship

Despite the fact that clamshell smartphones aren't mainstream anymore, Samsung continues to launch this type of handsets, at least in some parts of the world.

This year's clamshell flagship, Samsung W2018 hasn't been introduced yet, but the smartphone was certified by TENAA, the Chinese regulatory entity.

We now have the first live pictures of the clamshell handset, which we're still expecting to see going official this year. Naturally, the W2018 is an improvement over the last year flagship, as the phone packs a better processor and more memory.

We know for sure Samsung W2018 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and that it will pack 6GB RAM and 64Gb internal memory. A 4.2-inch AMOLED display will be included as well, along with a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie snapper.

The clamshell will drain energy from a rather small 2,300 mAh battery and will feature a fingerprint sensor on the back side. Unfortunately, we have yet to learn what version of Android Samsung will include with W2018.



source: MMDJ_ (Twitter) via Playfuldroid

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16 Comments

1. Bazali

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 13, 2017

Reminded me of good old moto razr days..

10. audibot

Posts: 678; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

like it but nooo to the massive flip or make it open like a book and flip around or make it like the old ic902 nextel but the button section is touch screen like a ds

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I could never fathom why Samsung spend its R&D resources each year on a super niche like a smartphone clamshells. Now, there's definitely a niche for clamshells with basic features, no doubt. As a matter of fact, I personally find clamshell form factor quite appealing for number of reasons. But who needs a full fledged smartphone experience encased in a flip phone, I'd like to know! The only reason I can think of is that there might be a certain level of exclusivity, uniqueness or perhaps 'honor' associated with flip phones in Eastern Asia markets which Samsung tries to achieve and which a mortal like me just can't fathom! But that begs the question... Isn't it 2017? (Glances at the calendar) Yes, it is! Oh well, G'Day!

6. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

One reason they refuse to paint themselves into one corner by just sticking to one product series is by having a diverse development program there's a better chance they'll come up with something unique or good simple solutions to future devices. Clamshell phones is indeed a niche market, but, folding phones and tablets will very likely come back in fashion once someone has a good solution to the screen bending. Then, having a long running experience of cramming smartphone hardware into a split device will suddenly be of greater use.

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Flip phone still popular in Japan, and I'm sure they'll only sell this phone in japan and south korea

8. CAVBR

Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

It's not in Japan. And yes in China.

3. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

And here I thought the Note 8 was too tall...

13. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

It's a clamshell... Obviously it's going to be tall... Have you ever seen one before?

15. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

I've owned one before so yeah. This is by far taller than any of those I used in the past.

4. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

Too thick and bulky, yuck!

12. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

It's a clamshell... Obviously it's thick and bulky

14. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

... and it obviously won't sell well.

5. Sparkxster

Posts: 1245; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I like it wish they would offer it unlocked in the US.

9. CAVBR

Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Samsung is firm and strong in upgrading its family of clamshell smartphones, exclusive to China and South Korea. It is already the fifth generation of this series of handsets (or, if you consider that this smartphone is known as Galaxy Golden, would be the eighth, counting the SCH-W999 and the GT-I9230) She had recently introduced Leader 8 (SM-G9298):https://www.phonearena.com/news/Manual-for-Samsungs-Android-powered-flip-phone-SM-G9298-leaks-indicating-an-imminent-launch_id95793 And also the Galaxy Folder 2 (SM-G16x):https://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsungs-Galaxy-Folder-2-clamshell-finally-goes-official_id85215

11. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

The fact that they are releasing this phone towards the end of the year, just about four months before the Galaxy S9 is announced, and the fingerprint sensor is still in that crappy position makes me think that Samsung is sticking with that placement for the Galaxy S9... Hopefully not..

16. southernzombie

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I would buy this so fast if they released it in US

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