Meet the exotic new Samsung flip phone


Earlier this week, we reported that Samsung plans to unveil an unusual smartphone in China on August 3. This has indeed happened, and today the SM-G9298 or "Leadership 8" (translated from Chinese) flip phone finally became official. 

While SM-G9298 will probably remain exclusive to the East Asian country, let's take a look at some of its specs for the sake of curiosity: 

  • Dimensions: 130.2 x 62.6 x 15.9mm (5.1 x 2.46 x 0.62 inches); Weight: 235g (8.28 oz)
  • Aluminum body
  • Two 4.2-inch Super AMOLED 1080p screens - one internal and one external
  • 12MP f/1.7 main camera; 5MP f/1.9 front camera
  • Snapdragon 821 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage 
  • 2,300mAh battery
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Wireless charging

The handset also packs a configurable physical hotkey, S Voice, Samsung Pay, and Secure folder, but Samsung's Bixby assistant hasn't made the cut here. 

At the moment, China Mobile is the only telecom confirmed to sell the phone, but pricing and availability remain a mystery. 

Would you like to see Samsung's flip phone released on a broader scale? Let us know in the comments!


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9 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I've read reports stating that this phone is also named Samsung Beyond world8. Weird name.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I don't get why they are pushing feature phone features on a smartphone. The only thing we want on a dumbphone is it's betterer battery life.

3. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

"dumbphones" typically have much more battery life than smartphones...

4. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

I want Samsung to bring back the dual flip like my Alias. Get rid on the front screen on throw on a E ink display and put the second screen where the keyboard was on the Alias. That phone was great and my last dumb phone before getting Blackberrys.

5. notavirus

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 03, 2017

I really wish they bring these phones to the US. our phones are dumb and boring, the same slab of glass with slightly better hardware/software. every year there is some gimmick to make you want the latest and greatest. i for one would rather have something different and unique like a flipper,or even just the sliders we don't even see those anymore. This phone is exactly what I would buy in a heart beat if Verizon or any other carrier had it available.

6. djcody

Posts: 228; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

I like it. willing to try if i could, but lack of us lte, gsm bands cutting it off my radar

8. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

If I had a lot of money to throw away, and if it had US LTE support, I would try it out because I like the idea of a smart-flip-phone. And if I may say so, it does look awfully nice...

7. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

US release please Samsung!

9. Reybanz88

Posts: 97; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I'd definitely try this out if it has US LTE support.

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