We exclusively reported last year that Samsung was working on a new high-end flip phone for China. The SM-W2017 was then unveiled by the company in November. We’ve seen a lot of leaked images of the handset’s successor recently. The apparent changes suggest that the flagship flip phone has gone through a process of refinement.
Leaked images of SM-W2018 vs SM-W2017
The leaked images of the SM-W2018 that we’ve seen so far show some great design improvements. Gone are the rounded corners of its predecessor. This gives the handset a more solid feel. Samsung seems to be shooting for an industrial look and feel with this handsets. The accouterments certainly betray that as there’s lots of polished metal and a glass back.
It’s because of this glass back that the gold color of this new handset is more muted than its predecessor. Samsung has achieved a nice contrast between the black and the gold. The back also houses the fingerprint sensor alongside the rear camera.
A final judgment on the feel of this device can only be passed once there’s some hands-on time with it. The initial impressions are very good, though.
As far as the specs go, the SM-W2018 is expected to feature two 4.2-inch Full HD displays. It’s going to be powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. A 12-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera will be onboard as well with a 2,300mAh battery.
Since its predecessor was launched in November last year, it’s likely that Samsung might officially launch the SM-W2018 soon. It’s expected to cost $2,000 in China.