Samsung has finally announced the rumoured W2019 flip phone. The South Korean smartphone manufacturer has launched the W2019 for a starting price of 18999 Yuan, which when translated to INR comes to 1.9 lakh approx. The W2019 is the successor to the Samsung W2018 flip phone which was launched in December last year. The W2019 flip phone has just been launched in China, and as of now, there are no words if the phone will hit other markets or not. The W2018 flip phone wasn’t launched in India, and currently, we expect the same for its successor too. Compared to the W2018, the newly announced W2019 is an upgraded version. The new one comes with better hardware inside, improved software, dual rear cameras, side mounted fingerprint sensor to let users easily unlock the phone and more. The W2018 flip phone was powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset, while the successor device, W2019, comes packed with Snapdragon 845.
Samsung W2019 Flip Phone: Pricing and Availability
Samsung has launched the W2019 flip phone in just two variants. One with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage and the other one with 6GB RAM and 256GB storage. Currently, the smartphone is launched only in China and is available in the market for a price tag of 18999 Yuan, which when translated to INR comes to 1.9 lakh approx. This price is for the 128GB model. Samsung has announced that the W2019 flip phone is on preorders starting November 11. The sale date is yet to be announced by the company. Samsung has launched the W2019 in two colours -- Rose Gold and Platinum and both the colour variants of the phone are available for pre-orders now.
Samsung W2019 Flip Phone: Specifications and Features
As noted, the W2019 is an upgraded version of the W2018 version. The W2019 comes packed with much powerful hardware and improved software for better user experience. Unlike the W2018, the W2019 features a dual camera system on the back. As far as the specifications are concerned, the W2019 flip phone sports an external S-AMOLED display. The display measures 4.2 inches and comes with support for Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Samsung announces that the back side of the W2019 is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass. Overall, the phone measures 132.9 x 63.4 x 17.3mm and weighs 257 grams. Interestingly, unlike most phones these days that come with either under display fingerprint sensor or rear mounted sensor for unlocking the phone, Samsung decides to incorporate a side fingerprint sensor on the W2019. The flip phone comes with both directional keypad as well as a numeric keypad
The flip phone comes with two cameras on the rear and one of the front. On the rear, the phone features a horizontally arranged camera system with the primary and secondary sensor of 12MP. The main camera comes paired with f/1.5 - f/2.4 intelligent variable aperture, while the secondary sensor packs f/2.4 aperture. The rear camera setup of the W2019 packs a range of camera features like OIS, 2x optical zoom, 4K video shooting at 60 fps and dual-tone LED flash. The phone also supports Full HD slow-motion video recording option at 960 fps.
On the hardware front, the W2019 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 6GB RAM and 128 GB storage. Samsung has launched a 6GB RAM/ 256 GB storage model as well but hasn’t revealed the price of this variant. It is important to note that there is no microSD card slot for expanding the storage. The W2019 is backed by 3070mAh battery, and Samsung claims that it has the capability to offer 85 hours of standby time and almost 280 hours of talk time. On the software front, the W2019 runs Android 8.1 Oreo OS along with Samsung Experience UI.
The W2019 comes with several other features like dual-SIM support, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC and Bluetooth 4.2, but sadly there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack. The Samsung phone also comes with a dedicated button for Bixby AI assistant.