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There is a new high-end Samsung phone, and it's not the Note 8

Flip phones not dead—in Asia, at least. (Source: Samsung China)
Flip phones not dead—in Asia, at least. (Source: Samsung China)
Samsung has officially announced a new flip phone, but you can't have it. Unless you live in China, that is. The Leader 8 is exclusive to that country and packs specs that wouldn't expect to find in a phone that looks plucked straight out of 2006.

Flip phones may be dead in the West, but they are still thriving in Asia, especially in Japan and apparently also China. Thus, it makes sense that Samsung's newest flip phone, which it just officially confirmed, is available exclusively for the Chinese market. The Leader 8, also known as the SM-G9298 or W2018, may borrow an obsolete design; however, the specs it packs are anything but.

And just what are those specs? Glad you asked. Previous rumors have suggested various configurations. Here's what you actually get with the Leader 8:

  • Dual 4.2-inch 1080p AMOLED screens
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of internal storage, expandable via micro SD card
  • 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture
  • 5-megapixel front (selfie) camera with f/1.9 aperture
  • 2,300 mAh battery, with support for wireless charging
  • Fingerprint reader

Not too bad for what looks like a fancy version of your grandma's cellphone, right?

About the two screens: one is located inside the clamshell, like a traditional flip phone; the other is on top. This means that no matter if your phone is open or closed, you can always interact with it. When the phone is open, you can use the instantly-recognizable numberpad keys to make calls or text. Presumably, the two screens also feature a virtual keyboard.

Just to make using the Leader 8 a bit more convenient, Samsung has included S Voice to allow for voice-activated commands. Samsung Pay also works with the handset. As noted, this phone is meant for China and China only; Samsung has not announced any plans to release a US or European model.

As of now, there is no official price or release date for the Leader 8.


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John Garcia, 2017-08- 3 (Update: 2017-08- 3)