Samsung’s W-series caters to a very select audience that’s still into clamshell flip phones. Samsung’s W-series phones may have an old-school look and feel, but they’ve always been high-end flagships – in line with the company’s Galaxy S and Galaxy Note flagship phones. Sadly, Samsung has been making these devices for the China market only – there's one W-series phone launched almost every year since its inception. This year’s W-series phone – like last year’s - will simply be called the W20.
China Telecom has started teasing the W20 on Weibo confirming two key aspects of the phone in question – one that it would be 5G-ready, and the other that it would be a foldable flip phone. This means that the W20 may have a design like the soon-to-launch Moto Razr 2019. It is yet to be seen if this is the same design that Samsung demoed on stage at the just concluded annual developer conference.
“This brand-new form factor that we’re now exploring will not only easily fit in your pocket, but it also changes the way you use your phone,” Sally Hyesoon Jeong, who is head of Framework R&D Group at Samsung's mobile communications, had said while showing off the mock-up foldable flip phone on stage. No further details – hardware, possible pricing – were shared.
All we know is that the device would fold in the middle like a clamshell, sort of like the Moto Razr. The W20 5G is all set to launch in China this November and if it is based on the same concept, well, it won’t be a concept for too long. It would also be Samsung’s second foldable this year – after the infamous Galaxy Fold.
At its annual developer conference 2019 keynote, Samsung had also demoed One UI 2.0 (based on Android 10) and how it seems to have been designed with a special emphasis on large-screen and foldable devices. The update is already seeding in beta for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 in select markets.