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posted by Fnord666 on Tuesday December 05 2017, @04:24PM   Printer-friendly
from the phone-to-flip-over dept.

Samsung has announced its W2018 dual-screen flip phone, with a wide aperture camera lens, Snapdragon 835, and 6 GB of RAM. It will likely only be released in Asian markets:

Samsung unveiled a new expensive flip phone, the Samsung W2018, during a launch event in China today, as first reported by GizmoChina. Many of the W2018's specs are on par with the S8 and Note 8, with one exception: the camera lens.

[...] With an aperture of f/1.5, Samsung claims that the W2018's 12-megapixel rear camera can capture sharp images in less light than the cameras on rival phones can. It also has a 5-megapixel front camera. Through software, the camera can sense when there's enough light to switch to f/2.4 and capture more of the background in photos. The phone will launch with Android Nougat, instead of Oreo.

[...] As an attempt to sweeten the deal for luxury lovers, Samsung says that W2018 buyers also get perks like concierge help at airports and subways, free software tech support, and a hotline just for VIPs. The phone will get released in China first and the price is yet to be announced, but we can guess it might be even higher than the W2017's price tag of $3,000. That's a lot to pay for tech support and taking clear photos at night.

In the West, you can expect a foldable instead of a flippable phone.

Also at Engadget and Android Headlines.

Related: People Opting for a Dumbphone Over a Smartphone


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  • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Wednesday December 06 2017, @12:36PM (2 children)

    by FatPhil (863) <reversethis-{if.fdsa} {ta} {tnelyos-cp}> on Wednesday December 06 2017, @12:36PM (#606109) Homepage
    Many thanks for saying so, even if your flattery is unfounded. I worked on the n900 as a kernel dev. I still use my n900 as my primary device (and have several spares, so I can remain an n900 user for another decade).

    It may have been good specs on paper, but the quality in anything but perfect lighting conditions was atrocious. The actual camera component was continually being updated by the manufacturer, and every single version had bugs, it was simply a game of settling for the least broken version. The imaging layer (which I presume came from TI) was also complete bollocks (just like everything else that came from TI). Some 3rd party camera apps did manage to squeeze a bit more from the hardware, but due to the closed interfaces they were using were often very flakey.

    The n950 and n9 were far better.
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  • (Score: 2) by tekk on Thursday December 07 2017, @06:00AM (1 child)

    by tekk (5704) on Thursday December 07 2017, @06:00AM (#606668)

    I only ever used mine in practically perfect, outdoor lighting and I got a *lot* of great pictures out of it. I still have it actually, and I'd probably be using the N900 to this day if AT&T hadn't shut down its 2G network, which meant that it was useless as a cell phone for me.

    Since you're still using one, you don't happen to know if the system firmware is mirrored anywhere, do you? I've tried getting the phone working again but I'm pretty sure I need to do a full factory reset stuck in a boot loop where it gets to the unlit Nokia splash, freezes, then restarts a few minutes later.

    • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Thursday December 07 2017, @07:25AM

      by FatPhil (863) <reversethis-{if.fdsa} {ta} {tnelyos-cp}> on Thursday December 07 2017, @07:25AM (#606692) Homepage
      I am beginning to suffer h/w issues, so will need to provision a new one some time soon, which will involve a reflash (phones picked up from random sources I don't trust), but I haven't done that for about 5 years. I appear to have a bin archived locally (and the flasher) which I presume is the one I last flashed with, I can make that available for you if you'd like, but there is still an active community, and you'll get the most up-to-date info on such things at:
        https://talk.maemo.org/forumdisplay.php?s=86eeb04e86b814d479c9c5092d60153d&f=40
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