The smartphone market is abuzz following the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus on Aug. 13. However, the Korean company has also launched a flip phone for the Chinese market dubbed SM-G9198 that has powerful specs.
The launch of a Samsung flip phone does not come as a surprise, as rumors of the handset have been surfacing throughout the market for quite some time. In July, this year China's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center, or TENAA, also revealed some information on the phone.
Flip phones may have lost their luster, but they still have a strong following in many Asian countries, including China. The Samsung SM-G9198 packs in impressive specs that make it the most powerful flip phone in the world.
The SM-G9198 sports a dual 3.9-inch Super AMOLED display with 1,280 by 768 pixel resolution. A powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset and 2 GB of RAM run the phone. The SM-G9198 comes equipped with a 16 MP rear-facing camera and a 5 MP front-facing selfie camera.
The latest Samsung flip phone has 16 GB of onboard storage, with the option to expand the memory to up to 128 GB using a microSD card. A 2,020 mAh battery that fuels the device offers 189 hours of standby time.
The SM-G9198 will come running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop straight out of the box. The handset supports dual-SIM functionality. The phone also has 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microUSB 2.0 and GPS support.
The hardware specs of the SM-G9198 push the handset to the top-end segment; however, the form factor of the phone may not attract customers searching for a top-end slim smartphone.
The chances of the SM-G9198 making its way to the global markets is quite slim. However, smartphone enthusiasts visiting the IFA 2015 from September 4 to September 9 in Berlin may be able to get hold of the flip phone at the Samsung booth.