Folding phones were very popular in the past, before the spread of the current form factor of smartphones. It is possible that in 2018, “clamshells” can become a new trend in the mobile industry in its new quality – devices that combine the capabilities of a smartphone and tablet. Users are waiting for the debut of the Galaxy X from Samsung, but so far it has been presented by another, very unusual device.
Samsung China has announced Samsung W2018, the newest deployable smartphone company running the operating system Android. Despite the many messages and rumors that appeared on the web, Samsung managed to present users with a surprise, which was not expected from the novelties. It touches the camera smartphone, which is characterized by the best aperture in the mobile industry – f / 1.5. In more detail, the novelty was considered in a note by Dominik Bosnjak (Dominik Bosnjak), a published resource androidheadlines.com .
As it is already known to users, the aperture value of the LG V30 and Huawei Mate 10 smartphones presented earlier this year is f / 1.6. And Samsung managed to outperform the devices of other smartphone manufacturers by equipping its novelty located on the back of the device with a camera based on a 12-megapixel sensor with a f / 1.5 diaphragm, as noted above.
The sensor with f / 1.5 diaphragm, equipped with a camera of the new W2018, allows additional light to enter its sensor for a certain period of time, which is an advantage compared to other sensors used in existing smartphones. Thus, the new smartphone “clamshell” in its technical characteristics is likely to provide high performance shooting in low light. In addition, it is able to provide a more natural realization of the bokeh effect in portraits.
The South Korean technology giant has not yet shown any example of a photo taken using the new W2018. But, probably, such photos can soon be shown. The camera software pre-installed on the W2018 is reportedly additionally controlled by “unspecified AI services” and can, as the company notes, automatically switch the camera’s aperture in the range from f / 1.5 to f / 2.5.
Bixby is also present in the new device and is compatible with a number of third-party applications exclusive for China and additional features. No definite release date for the Samsung W2018 was announced on the market. Also, the price at which the device will be offered to consumers is also not specified. According to rumors, it can be high – up to 2000 US dollars, given the high-end characteristics and niche positioning of the device in the market. After all, the form factor of the “clamshell” is very unusual for the smartphone presented in 2017.
In addition to the premium camera, Samsung’s smartphone also has other technical features worthy of the flagship smartphone. Among them – a chipset Snapdragon 835, 6 gigabytes of RAM and a 64-gigabyte built-in flash drive, as well as a USB Type-C port. The sensor resolution of the additional camera of the device in question is 5 megapixels.
The new smartphone is running the operating system Android 7.1.1, on top of which is the user interface Samsung Experience, typical for devices from Samsung. In 2018, this smartphone will be upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo, as reported. Earlier, China also certified a model with a 256-gigabyte built-in drive, but Samsung did not talk about it with its unusual novelty.