The Samsung W2019 offers state-of-the-art technology based on the S9 series available since the beginning of the year. However, as in previous years, it is likely to provide a preview of next year's series of top smartphones in the Galaxy S series. We may therefore see a configuration here, at least for the camera, which ultimately will also be found on the Samsung Galaxy S10.
W2019: Samsung has reissued its mad luxury folding phone
Like last year's Samsung W2018, the new W2019 also has two 4.2-inch displays, each mounted on the outside and inside of the flip-top lid. Both are very high-resolution with 1920×1080 pixels and each use SuperAMOLED screens from Samsung's own production. Unlike most other current Samsung devices are below the outer screen here still the classic Android buttons in the form of capacitive buttons.
Inside, the operation takes place either via the touchscreen or via the hardware keyboard, which basically serves to facilitate the difficult input of Chinese characters on touch devices. In addition to the buttons for "Back", "Multitasking", "Home" and "Copy", which are executed as hardware buttons, there is also a multidirectional D-pad with an additional button in the middle.
Current top technology in curious form factor
The W2019 is based on the current Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octacore SoC, the high-end SoC that can also be found in various other top smartphones of the year 2018, reaching up to 2.8 gigahertz. It is built with six gigabytes of memory and 128 or 256 GB of internal flash memory, which is based on the UFS 2.1 standard and can be expanded by microSD card slot.
A small view of the future with the Galaxy S10 series probably offers the rear camera unit of the W2019. There are again two 12-megapixel sensors, one of them offers a variable aperture (F / 1.5 – F / 2.4). This is now called "Smart Iris" (Google translation) and should probably be able to select the correct aperture size automatically with the help of functions in the field of artificial intelligence. Clearly, this could not be clarified due to our lack of knowledge of Chinese.
What is certain is that the dual camera of the Samsung W2019 offers a dual optical zoom and is able to record 4K videos at up to 60 frames per second. Also here is an optical image stabilizer implemented in hardware. Other features include Bluetooth 4.2, dual-band Gigabit Wi-Fi, NFC and a USB-C port. The fingerprint reader sits on the side of the case, but Samsung dispense with a headphone jack as in the previous year.
Speaking of USB-C: the USB 3.1 Gen1 capable port is of course also used for charging, with the battery here 3070mAh capacity offers. All the great technology around the two displays and the large battery together with the metal frame ensure a very high weight of enormous 257 grams. When folded, the W2019 is a proud 17.3 millimeters thick.
The operating system is still Android 8.1 "Oreo" in use, with Samsung uses a highly customized design. It is also interesting that the luxury Klapphandy sold together with a special subscription service that gives the well-heeled owners on request, a car with chauffeur or other assistance tasks. The Samsung W2019 costs 18,999 yuan in China, which is equivalent to 2410 euros or 2730 US dollars.
2018-11-09T20: 18: 00 + 01: 00Roland Quandt