Samsung took the wraps away its most recent flip phone finally, the W2018, on Friday at a meeting in China. As previously rumoured, the phone comes with flagship-level specifications and the world’s widest aperture ever presented in a smartphone.
Sporting a steel and glass combination body, the Samsung W2018 is powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC, along with 6GB of RAM. The phone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and features a 12MP back camera.
Unlike the recently released Galaxy Note 8, the rear camera on the W2018 sports a single sensor. However, it is the world’s 1st handset to include the widest smartphone aperture of f1.5, which is lower than the f1.7 sensors that the South Korean tech giant has reportedly integrated into its mainstream devices.
The Samsung W2018’s f1.5 aperture can help the phone capture better images in low-light conditions while also allowing users to make a higher degree of bokeh effect despite having a single camera. Samsung, in addition, has apparently deployed some type of a software trick to allow the phone intelligently change aperture between F1.5 and F2.4.
Before Samsung W2018, the LG V30 was thought to have the lowest f-stop in a smartphone camera. LG integrated a f/1.6 lens into the LG V30’s dual camera, having 25 % more light to the sensor in comparison to an f1.8 lens.
Apart from the widest aperture lens, the rest of the Samsung W2018 specifications are almost exactly as revealed by various previous leaks. the phone features two 4.2-inch Full HD displays, with the front-facing one protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
The phone comes with two storage models, including 64GB and 256GB of storage options. The front camera includes a 5MP sensor as the 12MP rear camera includes Optical Image Stabilization feature.
There is a fingerprint sensor simply next to the rear-facing camera while there is also a stand-alone Bixby button for triggering the voice assistant as previously rumoured. The Samsung W2018 includes a USB Type-C port and possesses 2,300mAh battery.
The Samsung W2018 will be accessible through China Telecom in China. While the exact cost of the phone is still unknown, rumours have it that the phone might cost as high as $2,000.