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Samsung W2017 high-end flip phone launched in China

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Samsung launched W2016 flip smartphone last year in the market where the concept is quite popular — China. Now, the company has launched its successor — Samsung W2017.

The phone features a dual display – one on the inside and one on the outside. It features a 4.2-inch AMOLED panel with full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). It comes with “always-on” display support. The feature was first introduced in Note 7 but now has also been added to Galaxy S7 Edge.

It is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM. It comes with 64GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 256GB using a microSD card.

As of connectivity options, the dual SIM smartphone supports 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and a micro USB port. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack and users will have to rely on the micro USB port for connecting headphones.

In the camera department, the smartphone packs a 12-megapixel rear camera with a f/1.7 aperture and flash, with support for 4K video recording. It also has a 5-megapixel front shooter with a f/1.9 aperture.

Measuring 127.8 x 61.4 x 15.8 mm, the Samsung W2017 weighs 208 grams. The phone also comes with a fingerprint scanner that has been placed at the back, just below the camera sensor. It also supports Samsung Pay.

The phone is powered by a 2300mAh battery that is rated to provide a standby time of around 64 hours. It also comes with support for fast wireless charging.

The company has not yet announced the pricing for the smartphone but a report from SamMobile suggests that the phone could carry a hefty price tag of CNY 20,000 (Rs. 1.97 lakhs). Its predecessor, W2016, came with a price tag of CNY 9,999.

As of the availability, apart from China, we do not expect the phone to be launched anywhere else. The Samsung W2016 was also limited to China only.

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