Samsung unveiled Leader 8, a new flip smartphone for the Chinese market

- Adrian Ungureanu

It seems that Samsung still believes in flip phones and in just confirmed all the rumors that suggested the company will release two clamshell phones this year, after it presented Leader 8.

Three weeks ago, Samsung unveiled Galaxy Folder 2 in South Korea, an upgraded versions of the Folder 2 phone launched one year earlier in China.

Now Samsung unveiled Leader 8. Is the same model SM-G9298 we kept telling you about, but even though most of the rumors suggested it would be called Galaxy Folder 3, an its model number suggested it was a succesor for last year’s Galaxy Folder 2 (SM-G9198), Samsung decided to go for Leader 8.

Anyway, the phone features all the anticipated rumors. Crafted from aviation-grade aluminum alloy, the flip phone has a 4.2-inch full HD Super AMOLED display on the outside as well as on the inside.

It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage with microSD card support. The handset has a 12-megapixel f/1.7 rear camera and a 5-megapixel f/1.9 front camera.

Measuring in at 130.2 x 62.6 x 15.9mm, the handset weighs 235g. It has a 2,300mAh battery with support for wireless charging.

Additional features include Samsung Pay, Secure Folder, a multi-function configurable hotkey and S Voice. Bixby won’t be on Samsung’s new flip phone.

As of its appearance, we can confirm that the images leaked three days ago, presented by us too, here and here, we’re spot on.

Despite presenting it on the official website in China, Samsung is yet to confirm the price and release date for customers in China.