Touchscreen handsets may have made the old flip-phone form factor seem obsolete, but there’s still a niche market for the classic design. A new Samsung phone, model SM-G9198, has just been spotted passing through China’s TEENA certification center, which might please those who are longing for a flip-phone with high-end specifications.
Starting with the display, the G9198 actually comes with two screens, one on the inside and one on the outside of the phone. Both are 3.91-inches in size and come with a 768×1280 resolution, which should be quite sharp at that size. The G9198 is packing a 1.8GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC, the same processing package found inside the flagship LG G4 which seems to offer pretty similar performance to Qualcomm’s flagship 810.
Other internals include 2GB of RAM, a 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, a heart rate sensor and 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded upon with a microSD card. There’s very little to complain about here if you don’t mind the small display, the G9198’s hardware certainly pushes it into the high-end bracket.
The SM-G9198 also features 4G LTE connectivity and Samsung’s latest software complete with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Size wise, the phone measures 119.7×66.6×16.7mm, which, as you would expect from this design, is a fair bit thicker than most flagships on the market right now.
No information on a launch date has been given yet. However, we aren’t expecting to see this handset appear in regions outside China, as has been the case since Samsung’s previous Galaxy Golden flip-phones.