Samsung W2018 Android Flip Phone With Bixby Integration and F/1.5 Camera Lens Launched

Samsung has announced the W2018 as its new high-end Android flip phone in China. The South Korean company has partnered with China Telecom to launch the new smartphone on its 25th anniversary in the country. The new smartphone is the successor to the W2017 that was unveiled last year with a dual-display setup and a fingerprint scanner.

As showcased at an event in Xiamen, China last week, reported by Chinese news agency Sina, the Samsung W2018 features two 4.2-inch AMOLED display panels with full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, paired with Adreno 540 GPU and 6GB of RAM. Further, Samsung has provided 64GB and 256GB storage options along with microSD card support (up to 256GB). The handset runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system with a proprietary skin on top and offers Bixby virtual assistant support in Chinese.

The Samsung W2018 sports a 12-megapixel camera sensor on the back with a largest, f/1.5 aperture lens – the largest seen yet on a smartphone camera. There is also optical image stabilisation (OIS) support to reduce blurs even when the shots are captured with some jerks or shakes. Moreover, the handset has a 5-megapixel camera sensor on the front with f/1.9 lens. The back camera sensor also supports 4K video recording, while the front sensor has full-HD (1080p) support.

Samsung has opted for a hybrid dual-SIM configuration on the W2018 with two Nano-SIM card options and microSD card support. The smartphone packs a 2300mAh battery and includes a fingerprint scanner as well as a heart rate sensor. In terms of connectivity, there is 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, and USB Type-C.

The Samsung W2018 comes with a 3D glass and metal design and has been made available in Gold and Silver colour options.

Price and availability details about the Samsung W2018 are yet to be announced. However, considering the previous models (including the W2017 and W2016), the new smartphone is expected to come with a premium price tag and be exclusive to the Chinese market.

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Steve Jobs-owned BMW Z8 with Motorola flip phone being auctioned

Now’s your chance to own Steve Jobs’ flip phone.

And the car that it came with.

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A 2000 BMW Z8 sports car once owned by the late tech titan is being auctioned in New York on December 6. Jobs bought the silver convertible in 2000 and owned it for three years.

Even without the Jobs connection, the retro-modern Z8 is a relatively rare machine. It made its debut being driven by Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond in “The World is not Enough,” and only about 2,500 of the $128,000 cars were sold in the United States during its 1999-2003 run.

The two-seater features a 400 hp V8 engine, a top speed of 186 mph 15,200 miles on the odometer, put there by Jobs and the car’s two subsequent owners.

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It also features a BMW-branded Motorola flip phone that was integrated into an armrest compartment, and which Apple’s iPhone would help make obsolete a few years later.

The BMW is being offered at RM Sotheby’s automobile-focused Icons event, where it is expected to sell for up to $400,000.

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Several other classic and exotic cars will cross the block at the event, along with the racing suit Steve McQueen wore in the film “LeMans,” which has previously been sold for nearly $1 million.

Now You Can Own Steve Jobs’ BMW Z8 And The Hated Motorola Flip Phone That Came With It

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was seldom seen in a boring car. He owned a Porsche 928 in the 1980s, which supposedly helped inspire the design of the Macintosh 128k, and later in life used a California legal loophole to stay out of having license plates on his string of AMG Mercedes-Benzes. He liked speed and he liked flash, which explains why he had a BMW Z8 in the early 2000s. If you’re rich enough, you can own it too.

Up for grabs on Craigslist—I mean, RM Sotheby’s New York, sorry! Force of habit—is Jobs’ 2000 BMW Z8 sports car. According to the listing, Jobs bought the car new in 2000 and drove it regularly, but today it has just 15,200 miles on the clock. He was apparently convinced to buy it over one of his regular Mercedes SLs by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, “who enthused to Jobs that the car was a paragon of modern automotive engineering and ergonomics, reflective of Steve’s own products and psyche.” I have been sold cars the exact same way. (It should be noted Jobs was a fan of BMW motorcycles too.)

The Z8 itself is a rather interesting and objectively gorgeous machine. Inspired by the classic BMW 507 sports car of the 1950s, it was designed by Henrik Fisker to be BMW’s halo car in the four years it was made between 1999 and 2003.

The Z8 is a pretty rare machine—less than 6,000 were built, which somewhat helped its eye-popping $128,000 price tag when new. All of them, except the Alpina versions, had a 4.9-liter naturally aspirated V8 putting about 400 horsepower. While it may not be the fastest or craziest BMW ever, its scarcity, ornate beauty and uniqueness make it a very special vehicle.

Jobs sold the Z8 in 2003, and it’s currently on its fourth owner, the listing says. It bears “JOBS Z8″ on the license plate. Here are some more interesting details:

With a production date of April 1, 2000, this early example was delivered to him on October 6th of that year. Within the recorded production of Z8s, this makes his car the 85th Z8 produced for the first year of U.S.-specification production and the 67th customer car. Jobs’ ownership is documented through several service invoices accompanying the car, as well as a copy of the all-important California “pink slip” registration in his name and at his personal residence. This is significant because Jobs famously rarely registered his cars to protect his anonymity (and also perhaps because of his anti-authoritarian streak!).

One thing Jobs did not like: the BMW-branded Motorola flip phone that came with the Z8. The listing says he hated that particular device, despite it being a pretty ubiquitous phone of that era. Perhaps it helped inspire him to make something better.

The Z8 is expected to fetch at least $300,000 when it goes to auction on Dec. 6. Let’s hope it goes to a good new home.

The iPhone X successor could be part flip phone

The iPhone X has the biggest screen-to-front ratio ever seen in an iPhone, but Apple isn’t done enlarging the display. A report earlier this week said Apple is already working with LG on bendable screen designs. The company is apparently trying to keep its plan secret from Samsung, which is currently the only supplier of foldable OLED screens.

Meanwhile, a patent application surfaced on Thursday, describing the screen technology that would allow Apple to manufacture devices with foldable displays.

Titled Electronic Devices With Displays, US patent application 20170294495 was published on Thursday, with Apple Insider spotting it first. The patent application is rather new, having been filed on August 30th, 2016.

While the title of the patent application is as generic as they get, it’s clear from the abstract that it details foldable devices. Here are the first two sentences:

An electronic device may have a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded. The device may have a flexible display.

The patent goes on to identify the screen technology that Apple would use in such products, including both OLED and micro-LED screens.

Furthermore, the patent explains the technology could be used to equip other devices with a foldable screen, not just smartphones. The lists include laptops, tablets, wristwatches, and other devices. It so happens that Apple already makes laptops, tablets, wristwatches and other devices in addition to mobile phones. Fancy that!

The patent focuses specifically on technology that would allow a device to bend along a bend axis, without breaking the display, or affecting its functionality. Instead, Apple wants to reinforce the display with enhanced flexibility regions that will allow a display to bend without affecting performance or show bend-related stress lines along the folded area.

What’s interesting about Apple’s patent is that the hinge could be used to fold a smartphone whichever way the user desires. For example, the screen could be folded like a book or laptop with the display’s active area facing the user (fig. 6). But the flexible device could be folded like a wallet too, with the display occupying the outer area of the gadget (fig. 7).

Future iPhones could bend in a bunch of different directions.USPO

Just because Apple is currently researching this technology, it doesn’t mean we’ll find it in iPhone X successors in the coming years. It may be just one of the various option Apple has to engineer such products. But it seems certain that the only way to increase the iPhone’s display, other than removing the iPhone X’s notch and increasing the phone’s size, is to adopt bendable displays.

The Motorola RAZR flip phone is BACK and renamed the Binatone Blade

THE tech firm Binatone is preparing to release a new version of the iconic RAZR flip phone called the Blade – and we’ve managed to get our hands on a leaked prototype.

News of the Blade’s existence was first revealed last week when tech journalist and mobile phone entrepreneur Simon Rockman claimed to have bought an early version of the gadget from eBay.

 An official press shot of the BinaTone blade, which will be released in November

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An official press shot of the BinaTone blade, which will be released in November

He gave The Sun Online exclusive photos of his Blade as well as his thoughts on the retro-styled phone, which you can read later on in this article.

This morning, Binatone confirmed the existence of the Blade and described it as being inspired by phones we “loved nearly 20 years ago”.

The stripped back new phone is designed to be the antidote to gadgets like the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S8.

Recent studies have suggested teens are beginning to get fed up with social media and are turning to brick phones to cut the cord and disconnect themselves from Facebook, Instagram and other all-pervasive networks.

 This image shows a prototype of the Blade on top of the old RAZR, Rockman claims

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This image shows a prototype of the Blade on top of the old RAZR, Rockman claims
 You can see the new phone is thinner than the old one which inspired it
You can see the new phone is thinner than the old one which inspired it
 The RAZR flip phone was one of the most iconic handsets that's ever been released

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The RAZR flip phone was one of the most iconic handsets that’s ever been released

The phone is actually made by a British company called Binatone which licenced the design from Motorola.

Simon Rockman claimed he was able to buy a prototype from eBay for just £22.95 – half the eventual street price of £49.99.

He believes it was put up for sale by a company or individual who was sent the prototype for testing.

Rockman worked at Motorola when the original was released in 2003, selling for more than £800.

It was built by a crack team of Motorola engineers who worked overtime in evenings and weekends in a top-secret facility and without managers knowing what they were up to, Rockman said.

Motorola teases new Android version of Razr handset
 The new Blade is aimed at people who want a simple phone without the bells and whistles of modern gadgets

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The new Blade is aimed at people who want a simple phone without the bells and whistles of modern gadgets
 It's believed that some teenagers and young people are getting fed up of social media, so are turning to old-fashioned phones which make it more difficult to access Facebook or other services

Simon Rockman

It’s believed that some teenagers and young people are getting fed up of social media, so are turning to old-fashioned phones which make it more difficult to access Facebook or other services
 The Blade will come in three colours: red, black and rose gold

Simon Rockman

The Blade will come in three colours: red, black and rose gold

Various versions of the RAZR went on to sell over 100 million with everyone from Jeremy Clarkson to David Beckham being spotted with one.

Here’s what Rockman, who now runs a telecoms firm called Fuss Free Phones, had to say about the Binatone Blade: “With the basic look of the RAZR, the Blade is more of a tribute act than a faithful follow-up.

“It’s bargain priced and this means it hasn’t got the quality feel of the original.

“The new phone is plastic where the original was metal. It doesn’t shut with the same satisfying snap.

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STRIPPED BACK: The retro features of the Binatone Blade

  • Backlit keypad
  • Phonebook for 100 contacts
  • Bluetooth
  • Alarm function
  • Different Ringtones / Vibration
  • LED Torch
  • Battery Li-ion > 600 mAh
  • Micro USB charger input
  • USB Headset Connection
  • FM radio
  • Vibration

“Where the 2003 phone had a difficult-to-make laser etched keypad the Binatone Blade has standard keys printed in a 1970s typeface.

“The new phone is a lot lighter at 67g to the Razr’s 96g, which makes it feel cheap.

“The Blade does capture the thinness of the phone, which was designed by Chris Arnholt, who was once described by the RAZR project leader as a ‘quiet, humble genius’.

“The new phone doesn’t have the front screen which was added to later models of the RAZR.

“But what you get instead is a phone which is a tenth of the price of the original, has a music player, two SIM cards so that you can have two phone numbers and much better software.”


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The announcement of the Blade comes after Nokia released a rebooted version of the 3310,cheap and cheerful version of the much-loved classic gadget which costs just £49.99.

Dino Lalvani, Binatone’s chairman said: “It’s a fact of life that most of us now carry two mobile phones.

“Whether it’s a work/home split, a second phone for holidays and festivals or just a temporary device to give to the kids for sleepovers, we just don’t have a single mobile anymore.

“We developed the Blade with this in mind, making sure it was a small, slim and light as possible, without compromising on battery life.

“Our designers really went to town and those of us old enough to remember will definitely see a resemblance to some of the iconic phones we loved nearly 20 years ago, which in consumer electronics is a lifetime.”