Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Samsung SM-G9198, an Android Lollipop Flip Phone

Meet the Samsung SM-G9198, a Snapdragon 808-powered Android Lollipop clamshell
The Samsung SM-G9198 is indeed powered by a Snapdragon 808 processor (as reported back then), but it's not a Galaxy mini of some sorts. Instead, it's a brand new flip phone that should be launched in the near future in China.

Approved this week by China's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center (better known as TENAA), the SM-G9198 sports two 3.91-inch AMOLED displays with 768 x 1280 pixels, runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and is pretty heavy and thick: it weighs 191 grams, and measures 119.7 x 66.6 x 16.7 mm (when closed).

On the back, the new smartphone has a 16 MP camera with LED flash, while its front-facing selfie camera is a 5 MP one. The six-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor that's inside the SM-G9198 is clocked at 1.8 GHz. It's worth noting that this is the first Samsung-made smartphone to use this Qualcomm chipset. Other features include LTE connectivity, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, and microSD card support (up to 128 GB).

The SM-G9198 seems to be the successor to the Samsung SM-G9098, an Android-based flip phone that was released last year in China. The new handset will probably be a China-only affair, since clamshell smartphones are no longer popular in other parts of the world (except maybe for South Korea).