Back in August earlier this year, LG had officially announced its V30 phablet, which held the distinction of having the largest aperture of any high profile smartphone release so far. Fast forwarding a little more than three months later, we find another South Korean tech powerhouse that is eager to challenge that.
Enter the W2018, the newest dual screen flip phone from Samsung. Produced exclusively for China Telecom’s Heart of the World charity series, the W2018 comes with an even lower f/1.5 aperture (on its 12 megapixel primary camera) than the LG V30. To provide the best of both worlds, the handset can also switch to an f/2.4 aperture in order to achieve enhanced depth of field in settings where light is optimal.
Phones with variable aperture specs are not that common, and as a matter of fact, Samsung’s W2018 may be the first to employ this approach since Nokia’s N86 MP, which was released about eight years ago. What the world’s biggest seller of smartphone devices did with the W2018 was create a sort of compact version of regular aperture blades, and a set up that makes use of only a couple of aperture modes. Nobody knows yet if this will take off with the masses, but if it does, it would not be surprising if Samsung decides to incorporate the feature on its next flagship offering, the Galaxy S9 devices, which might debut as early as next month.
While it is true that the W2018 is the tenth dual screen flip phone released by Samsung, the device is the first to come with Bixby, the South Korean tech giant’s very own virtual assistant offering.
Now for the rest of the specifications -- Samsung’s W2018 comes with a pair of 4.2 inch Super AMOLED touch screens (with a resolution of 1,080 p), the aforementioned 12 megapixel main camera, a 5 megapixel selfie shooter (with f/1.9 aperture), Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip set -- supported with 6 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) and built in storage of 64 gigabytes, iris scanning technology, a fingerprint sensor mounted on the rear side, a 2,300 mAh battery, and Google’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat mobile operating system. Like previous flip phone releases, the W2018 will likely retail only in Asian mobile markets, and might come with a pricing of at least $1,500.
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