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

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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29 Comments

1. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

No comment. Just wow..

2. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Is it kind of a flagship? Looks awesome btw.

3. avila_moses unregistered

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!?

4. waddup121 unregistered

>Uses 808 instead of 810. BASED SAMSUNG IS SMART! NOT DOA SEAL OF APPROVAL!

15. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

>Greentext on a phone website

5. Chuck007

Posts: 1409; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Go home Samsung - you're drunk.

9. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Maybe you are.

6. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

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

7. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 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.

10. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

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

29. robertkoa

Posts: 88; Member since: Apr 27, 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.

26. TechNeck

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

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

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Smart-Flip. A new phone category.

11. Cheezwiz

Posts: 496; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

PLEASE MAKE MORE OF THESE

12. kryme

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

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

13. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I wonder, do people still like flip phones?

22. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 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?

23. drunkenjay

Posts: 1640; Member since: Feb 11, 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

14. EngleBertZombie

Posts: 36; Member since: May 22, 2015

hope for us launch but that will never happen :(

16. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

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

17. mixedfish

Posts: 1542; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

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

18. alterans

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 03, 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.

19. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 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 ™

20. lylee73

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Makes an extra sense.... well no.

21. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Where are those flexible OLED screens?

24. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

25. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

Another expensive phone thats same as Samsung galaxy golden.

27. Hyde_Yamato

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

make it global version pleaseeee

28. robertkoa

Posts: 88; Member since: Apr 27, 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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