Samsung Electronics Co. is to release a high-end folder phone for the Chinese market. The company has recently launched the first low-end ODM smartphone in China, targeting Chinese consumers with various lineups.
According to Samsung Electronics on Nov. 4, the company will jointly unveil a high-end folder phone, dubbed the “W2019,” in China on Nov. 9 with Chinese mobile carrier China Telecom. The product will be released to the market at the end of this month.
Samsung Electronics has been launching smartphones priced at 2 million won to 3 million won (US$1,789 to 2,683) with China Telecom from 2008. These products are designed to meet demand for high-end models. The Samsung Galaxy W2019 will have two 4.2-inch display screens and sport Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and a rear artificial intelligence (AI)-powered dual-cameras.
According to images leaked to foreign media, the W2019 has no headphone jack. If Samsung Electronics has actually removed the headphone jack, this would be the company’s first smartphone without the headphone jack. Previously, IT newspapers reported that Samsung Electronics was highly likely to remove the headphone jack from the Galaxy S10.
All eyes are on whether Samsung Electronics would be able to boost its some 1 percent of market share with various lineups targeting China. According to Sino, a China-based market research firm, Samsung Electronics had a 1.1 percent share of the Chinese market in the third quarter this year.