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Samsung ready to unveil W2019 luxury clamshell

The W2019 luxury clamshell will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC and will be missing the 3.5 mm audio jack. (Source: Weibo)
The W2019 luxury clamshell will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC and will be missing the 3.5 mm audio jack. (Source: Weibo)
This year's luxury clamshell smartphone from Samsung is getting a Snapdragon 845 SoC and improved dual 4.2-inch AMOLED touchscreens, but it looks like the overall aspect of the model has become bulkier. Unfortunately, the clamshell lineup is still limited to the Chinese market, and, since this is a premium device, MSRPs will be set to at least US$2,500.
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Clamshells were quite the fashion statement back in the early 2000s. Nowadays, however, these models are practically extinct, since physical keypads are almost completely gone (except if you are into Blackberry’s QWERTY models). Samsung is one of the few phonemakers that kept the clamshells in their portfolio, but these are limited to the Chinese market, and they actually are more of a luxury device. This year’s model - the W2019 – is almost ready to be unveiled, as it already got a TENAA certification, plus there now are a bunch of leaked closeup pics all over the Weibo forum.

The latest closeups of the Snapdragon-845-powered handset reveal a bronze-like metallic casing and it looks like the overall thickness has increased. Display-wise, the W2019 model will feature two 4.2-inch AMOLED touchscreens (an external + an internal one), with the selfie cam positioned on the upper side of the interior display. There is a dual-cam setup on the back and the leaks also mention a 3,000 mAh battery. As far as connectors are concerned, there is a USB-C port, but the 3.5 mm audio jack is nowhere to be seen. Rumors say that this may be the first model to ditch the audio connector in favor of wireless headphone support.

Samsung is expected to officially announce the W2019 model in a few weeks, and availability will be limited to China, as always. If previous model prices are any indication, the new model should cost north of US$2,500.

Increased thickness (Source: Weibo)
Increased thickness (Source: Weibo)
The USB-C connector (Source: Weibo)
The USB-C connector (Source: Weibo)
Rear dual-cam setup (Source: Weibo)
Rear dual-cam setup (Source: Weibo)

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1596 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2018-11- 2 (Update: 2018-11- 2)