The Korean giant can’t seem to get enough of flip phones.
A month after it was certified over in China, Samsung has launched its new Android-powered flip phone in the country. Google Translate says the phone’s name is “World leading flagship III G9198”, so we guess it would be okay to simply call it by its model name.
The G9198 is Samsung’s first smartphone to use the Snapdragon 808 processor, or any processor from Qualcomm’s 2015 Snapdragon 800 series. There are dual 3.9-inch Super AMOLED displays on the phone – the resolution is WXGA (1280×768 pixels), which means the G9198 has two of the sharpest displays on the market. It’s also notable for the fact that it has a 6-megapixel front-facing camera, which is of a higher-resolution than all of Samsung’s flagships this year.
The rear camera is a 16-megapixel unit with an aperture of f1.9, similar to the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 5. There is 16GB of expandable internal storage, 2GB of RAM, LTE, NFC and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, and a 2,020 mAh battery good for up to 189 hours of standby time. The OS version isn’t mentioned, but Android 5.1 Lollipop is a good bet.
There is no pricing information available, and it’s unlikely the G9198 will ever make it to any market outside China and possibly South Korea. It’s an interesting device for sure given it’s one of the most feature-packed smart flip phones we’ve seen, but it will no doubt fade into oblivion without much fanfare.