Samsung’s latest phone offering features a hexa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 16MP rear camera, and runs Android. Taking a quick glance at the specs, you could safely assume that this is yet another mid-range smartphone offering from South Korea’s electronics powerhouse; but you’d be dead wrong.
Samsung’s new SM-G9198 is actually a brand new flip-phone aimed at those who eschew the dominate smartphone form-factor that has dominated the overall global phone market for years. Powering the device is Qualcomm’s potent 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 processor, and you’ll find both 16GB of internal storage and a microSD slot (something that Samsung couldn’t be bothered with adding to even its flagship Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ smartphones).
You’ll also find dual 3.9-inch 1280x768 Super AMOLED displays (one display is on the front face of the device for use in the “closed” position, while the second is in the standard position for a flip-phone in the “open” position) that are covered in fourth-generation Gorilla Glass, a 5MP front-facing camera, LTE connectivity, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, and a 2020 mAh battery that is good for up to 189 hours of standby time.
Unfortunately, the SM-G919 — for now — only appears to be geared towards the Chinese market. That means that interested U.S. residents will be out of luck when it comes to trying to lay hands on this surprisingly feature-packed flip-phone.
The SM-G919 comes hot on the heels of the LG Gentle and Samsung’s own Galaxy Folder flip-phones, which also run Android. However, both of those phones were seriously lacking in firepower (and features) compared to Samsung’s latest flip-phone flagship.