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W2018 it is not, but the Leadership 8 is another powerful Samsung flip phone for China

By Jules Wang August 3, 2017, 2:06 pm

Turns out that Meizu isn’t the only manufacturer making a dual-screen device this season as Samsung has pre-empted its launch of the uber-expensive modern smart-clamshell phone, the W2018, with what could be a lesser, but still powerful flip phone in the “Leadership 8”.

In addition to all the specs above, we find that the SM-G9298 also has a fingerprint sensor (Samsung Pay and Alipay are usable), wireless charging capabilities and heavily-customized software. Above the T9 keyboard is the first of two 4.2-inch Full HD displays with Samsung’s Super AMOLED tech. The second display, opposite the first one, can be tuned for passive clock output.

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Unfortunately for input, you have to rely on a Micro-B jack for charging and audio — of all the phone’s to drop the headphone jack, Samsung had to choose this one. Fortunately, there are radios for Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 4.1. Plus, you’ve got the typical dual SIM tray with the one hybrid slot for a microSD option.

The phone’s only available at China Mobile for the time being. We weren’t able to retrieve pricing due to a website upgrade in progress at press time.

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