Samsung launches an Android flip phone with the biggest lens aperture on a smartphone yet. China only

OK, so if you've been out of the loop on this — Samsung does manufacture high-end clamshell Android smartphones still. However, they are only sold in Asia, as that's the market where the flip phone form factor is believed to be most in demand.

All that out of the way, you may find it interesting that Sammy has just introduced its latest clamshell “flagship” — the Samsung W2018 — in China, and it's the first smartphone in the world to have a camera lens aperture as wide as F1.5. Previously, the record was held by the LG V30 and its F1.6.

What's lens aperture important for, you ask? Well, it determines two things — light that enters the sensor at the time of shutter press and the depth of field. The former is self-explanatory — more light means better low light shots and less blur in general, as the shutter snap time can be much faster; a shallow depth of field means you get better macro or portrait shots where the background blur is much more pronounced, separating the objects in your photo better.

The W2018 is a top-shelf device through and through with a Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, two 4.2-inch FHD (1080 x 1920) displays — one outside the shell and one inside — and a 12 MP camera sensor with 1.4 μm pixels (pretty much the same sensor as in the Galaxy S8, at least on paper).

The software it runs on is a custom Samsung Experience UI on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat, with an update to 8 Oreo coming next year. And yeah, there's Bixby on this one, too.

If Samsung were to sell the W2018 in Western markets, would you be all over it?



1. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

not sure why in china only.

2. AronWunarso

Posts: 245; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Probably it wont sell well outside China.

3. Peacetoall unregistered

first you said its a chinese phone and camera quality won't match the v30 don't know why you changed it

4. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

I misread at first thought it was Samsung camera hardware in chinese phone with chinese camera software

6. Peacetoall unregistered

okay cool edit feature is totally gift isn't it

15. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Next time read the article before writing comment

5. redmd

Posts: 1961; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It's beautiful.

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3187; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'd be all over this like white on rice. One of my all-time fave phones was the BlackBerry Style clamshell.

8. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1184; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

This maybe the best smartphone camera. I might be wrong but 1.5 aperture with the same sensor as S8 is a killer combo. I know bigger aperture doesn't automatically translates into a better camera but I don't think Samsung will screw this up. We might see it on S9 and Note 9 too as this can be Samsung's way of testing it in a limited market. They can iron out the kinks and make it S9 ready.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3187; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I agree with everything you mentioned except for the limited market part. China is roughly a quarter of the world's population ;-)

13. royaldragonss

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

a fifth of the world's population but ok.

18. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1184; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I know it`s the biggest smartphone market but I meant only one market release. China and India are one of the biggest markets for almost everything. Also, we don`t know in which quantities it`ll be available. It might see a limited release within China.

10. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Given that the retail price is nearly $2400 I wonder how hard of a sell it will be.

11. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

Next thing you know Apple will hit them with a lawsuit for the border at the top...

12. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Is there something new?

14. pendragon0202

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

There is a rumor coming out of China that S9 will be using F1.4 lenses.

16. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

So can we expect the same sensor on the S9? I mean it seems like a waste to put such a potentially great sensor in a flip phone. The quality should be amazing.

17. shafiqrehman

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 02, 2017

Great Thanks For Sharing

19. farbodght

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 13, 2014

thumbs up for sammy

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