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Samsung W2018 Flip Phone Launched With World’s First f/1.5 Aperture

Samsung’s latest W2018 flip phone, has gone official at an event in China today.

Samsung’s latest offering comes packed with the Snapdragon 835, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of internal flash memory, two 4.2-inch FHD panels, and a USB Type-C port, as well as a 5-megapixel secondary camera.

The device runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based Samsung Experience out of the box and should be upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo next year. A model with 256GB of storage was also previously certified in China but Samsung has yet to mention it in any capacity.

When it comes to the optics part, the Samsung W2018 is very impressive. It is equipped with a 12MP rear-facing primary camera with an aperture size of f/1.5, which is a first in the smartphone industry.

Up until recently, The LG V30 and Huawei Mate 10 lineups released earlier this year both utilize at least one lens with an aperture of f/1.6. However, it should be noted that the Samsung flip phone’s camera will switch to f/2.4 aperture when there is sufficient light.

The Android flip phone should consequently have excellent performance in low-light scenarios, in addition to being able to deliver a more natural bokeh effect when shooting portraits or close-ups.

Bixby is also part of the package, being compatible with a wide variety of China-exclusive third-party apps and boasting other highly localized features which Samsung already detailed earlier this month after officially debuting its AI assistant in the Far Eastern country.

No firm release date has yet been attached to the W2018 and the same goes for its official price tag, though rumors put it at up to $2,000 due to its high-end specs and a niche target market.

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