TEENA recently certified a device - Samsung SM-W2016 which is essentially a flip phone with the power of the mighty S6.
The flip phone sports a glass back with curves on the side that gives the feeling of the S6 edge. It has two identical screens both inside or outside and 3.9" Super AMOLEDs with 768 x 1,280px resolution (383ppi). That's not as good as the specs offered by S6, but the SM-W2016 measures 120.4 x 61 x 15.1mm, which is not bad for a flip phone. But 200g weight is obviously more than expected. Anyway, the performance is improved with an octa-core processor (supposedly the Exynos 7420) and 3GB of RAM along with 64GB of in-built storage. The phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop (Samsung is yet to upgrade to Marshmallow).
Just like the screen, the camera also got a demotion. There's an 8MP/1080p primary snapper on the back (with a heart rate sensor) and a 5MP camera to take selfie. I'm quite confident that with a flip you can also use the camera on the back for selfies. The T9 keypad below the screen resembles older design and a SIM switch button placed above, suggests that it might be a dual-SIM phone.
There was a time when the Moto RAZR V3 ruled the market and flip phones were hip, but fast forward to 2016 and the term "flip phone" is generally associated with a tang of nostalgia and may be some very cheap entry level phones. However, you would not think like that if you are in China though because Samsung has been making and selling high-end Android powered flip phones in the Chinese market for quite a while now. The latest edition of the series has been revealed via a leak on Weibo and it has the model number SM-W2017 according to the report.
The SM-2017, aka "Veyron," will succeed the SM-2016 while sporting flagship-grade specifications like a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, a 4.2-inch Super AMOLED display, 4GB RAM and 64 gigabytes of internal storage. There's a 12-megapixel camera at the back of the phone and a 5-megapixel selfie cam, which we suspect are the same ones seen on the S7 this year. The fingerprint scanner with a heart rate monitor isn't missing from the list either and the Veyron does support NFC and Samsung Pay. Although flip phone will most likely be exclusive to China only, would you buy one if one was available near you?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Flip phones were a thing about eight to ten years back when the Moto Razr ruled the smartphone kingdom with a slick design and a sexy fold. Phones have since evolved slowly into small powerhouses with gigantic screens and all sort of sensors on them, but one cannot quite undermine how beautiful and unique the phones looked back then. Samsung however, has not left out the design completely even from its latest smartphones. In fact, there's even a flip phone in China right now (W2017) that's running on Android Marshmallow, sports a Super AMOLED 4.2-inch 1080p touch-enabled display and is powered by a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset!
Samsung is about to move a step further with a new design for its next flip smartphone, which will resemble any other brick style touch screen Android device in the market, but will also be capable of being folded like a traditional flip phone. The foldable display, assisted by a specialised hinge will make carrying a large-screen phone much more feasible and not to mention, a lot more stylish as well. Take a look at the renders to get an idea of the concept.
We are pretty sure that what we are seeing here is a result of Project Valley, announced back in March, 2015 by Samsung. Could this be the Galaxy X that we had been hearing about just a few months ago?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
In a time when the world has invariably moved on to the rectangular brick form in varying sizes, Samsung is one of the few companies in the entire world that has not abandoned the flip phone completely yet. It's not like that the Korean company simply produces legacy devices just to keep the flip phone alive mind you; these are fully-fledged smartphones with top-of-the-line chips, Sufficient RAM, internal storage and the latest Android Operating Systems. The latest addition to this long line of flip smartphones is going to be the SM-G9298. No other name has been revealed for the handset so far, but it should be announced on August 3rd, during an exclusive media event by Samsung in Beijing, China. This is of course leaked news brought to us by @mmddj_china on Twitter. Check out the specs of the upcoming device below, as per the leaks so far.
• Two 4.2-inch displays; one on the outside and the other on the inside
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC
• 4GB RAM
• 64GB of internal storage
• 12-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera
• 2,300mAh battery with wireless charging
Check out the image above and let us know if you would buy one if you could.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung Galaxy Fold was one of the foldable and had some doubts in the consumer's mind about the whole foldable thing. Despite the device went for sale and the figures were okay, there was something about the phone that people didn't like. It could be its weight, fragile screen, or big screen that made some people uncomfortable while making calls. The Galaxy Z flip is different though. It becomes a normal size phone when folds and expands into a mini-tablet. The Z flip is compact and fits perfectly in a pocket. At the same time, Samsung introduced a screen covering that is much more resistant to damage while using daily, with hinge improvements that seem more durable than its predecessor's design.
Samsung seems to be proud of its latest display design on the Galaxy Z flip, or display covering to be accurate. The device screen is covered with glass and not with plastic. After using the fold some people didn't like its display, so Samsung decided to improve the screen this time. The only problem here is that the display covering is more fragile than the Gorilla Glass 6 on a Galaxy S10. But this screen covering can also fold in half. If you can't handle a phone that is still in the experimental phase and has some fragile aspects, you should consider buying a Galaxy S20 instead.
Samsung also experimented with the software and Android 10 One UI 2. It's just a Galaxy S10 feeling when opened. Samsung did some interesting things by using the multi-window interface on the Fold. The flex model view options on the Z flip allow you to bend the phone to a roughly 90-degree angle and have a split view on the vertical and horizontal space. Flex mode works with only a few apps lie the camera, gallery app, Duo video calls, and the always-on display clock mode. The z flip has had YouTube working in flex mode, but that wasn't on my retail unit.
A South Korean magazine recently reported that Samsung may hold an unpacked event on August 5 to unveil Galaxy Note 20 series along with Galaxy Fold 2 and smartwatch. Another South Korean publication has revealed that due to ongoing Covid-19, Samsung will hold this event online instead of the traditional way of conducting such events.
According to the magazine, Samsung will be announcing the Galaxy Z flip 5G and Galaxy watch 3 along with the Galaxy Note 20 series and Galaxy Fold 2. The news has been confirmed by a few other people on Twitter. It is safe to say that if these phones and watches get to unveil on Aug 5, it will be available for purchase from August 20.
There isn't any information on the specs of the Galaxy Z flip 5G yet. Earlier model Galaxy Z flip was launched by Snapdragon 855. The foldable device earlier didn't support 5G connectivity. It is not clear yet that which processor will power the Galaxy Z flip 5G. Some rumors suggest that the upcoming 5G will be available with a base storage of 256GB.
The Galaxy Note 20 is expected to feature a 6.4-inch flat S-AMOLED display whereas the Galaxy Note 20+ will have a curved a 6.9-inch S-AMOLED display. These devices will be powered by 4300mAh and 4500mAh batteries. The Note 20 plus is rumored to feature a 108MP primary camera lens in its rear-mounted triple camera system. The Galaxy Fold 2 is expected to feature a much larger display of 7.7-inch. The online unpacked event will be streamed live across different social media websites as well as, Samsung's official website.