Samsung is all set to launch it’s new clamshell phone, the Samsung W2019, at an event in China tomorrow. In case you have been one of our regular readers, there is a good chance that you have read or older reports around the W2019 in which we had revealed how it looks, what its specifications would be and whether the phone would come with a 3.5mm audio jack. Today, the Samsung W2019 has made its first appearance in a hands-on video, owing to which we can finally take a fairly detailed look at its features and design.
Samsung W2019: Leaked Hands-On Video
In a short, 15-second hands-on video which is embedded below, you can clearly make out how this new phone looks. The first thing that comes to the mind after seeing the phone is how thick it really is. This is perhaps, one of the reasons why the W2019 would never make it to markets outside of China where people seem to have gotten used to thin form factors. On the other hand, markets like China and Japan (and a handful of countries in the Far East) were very receptive to clamshell designs. In fact, the W2019 is in its third generation now with its predecessors, the W2017 and W2018 selling in decent numbers in China.
Anyway, here’s the video we have been talking about.
In the video, the person handling the phone first shows the primary display of the device with the clamshell opened. When he closes the flip, the secondary external display (which is the same size as that of the primary display) can be seen showcasing an interesting looking mechanical clock face.
Samsung W2019: Specs, Features
As far as the specifications of the Samsung W2019 are concerned, you might be already aware that this is a premium, flagship-class handset. Like its predecessors that shipped with flagship chipsets of the time, the W2019 is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. While we do not have details on the number of versions this phone would come in, it would not be wrong to expect the handset ship with at least 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. And typical of Samsung devices, the phone will also get a microSD card slot for additional memory.
As far as the displays are concerned, the W2019 gets twin 4.2-inch displays: one internal and one external. Both of these panels are Super AMOLED and are likely to boast of Full HD resolution.
Moving on to the camera, what we currently know is that the Samsung W2019 will feature a 12-megapixel primary camera at the rear and a secondary camera sensor of an unspecified resolution. Being a flagship-class device, we can expect the camera to inherit the dual-aperture feature from the Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S series devices. We do not have details of the front-facing camera. However, we might as well see a comprehensive upgrade here as well. At launch, the W2019 will run the latest version of Android 9 Pie underneath the company’s own custom UI called Samsung One UI. And yes, since this is a China-only product, no Google services would be preinstalled.
How Much Will the Samsung W2019 Cost?
If we are to go by the history of Samsung’s previous W-series devices, it becomes evident that the W2019 will be an expensive purchase. In fact, we can easily expect the price of the device to cross the USD 1,000 mark in China. In fact, the older W2018 model was priced at around the USD 2,000 mark – making it almost twice as expensive as the iPhone XS Max!