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Samsung W22 5G is the exclusive luxury version of Galaxy Z Fold3 made for China

Samsung W22 5G front and back

Samsung today introduced a new premium-tier product exclusively in China, the W22 5G. The device is a smartphone/tablet combo as a matter of fact that have been launched globally under a different naming scheme. If we are to specific, we would say it's the same Galaxy Z Fold3 5G that got released few weeks ago.

Specwise, the new Samsung W22 5G and the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G are not different in all essense, but design-wise, the two products are actually different. Samsung intend to make the former a successor to its last year W21 5G, but that's not what we are actually seeing here. Anyway, this is something the Chinese might actually appreciate, especially those that wants to upgrade.

Samsung has done a good job in repainting the outer layer so that the W22 5G won't be mistaken for Z Fold3 5G. This has a black all round design tainted with gold to make it luxury - its craftsmanship is quite unique, which makes the device elegant to behold. The W22 5G only comes in Phantom Black color with Gold accent at the spine.

There is also a "Heart to the world" logo printed at the back, themed in Gold color to match the color of the spine. The overall design is quite of interest, although that also mean higher cost of sales. It's worth mentioning that the W22 5G can accept two SIM cards at a time and is 5G activated as its naming implies.

Samsung W22 5G Specifications

  • Primary Display: 7.6-inch QXGA+ (2208x1768) Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz refresh rate, 22.5:18 aspect ratio, 374PPI, up to 1200 nits brightness
  • Secondary Display: 6.2-inch HD+ (2268x832) Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz refresh rate, 24.5:9 aspect ratio, 387PPI, up to 1200 nits brightness, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
  • Processor: Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5nm 64-bit chipset
  • GPU: Adreno 660 GPU
  • RAM: 16GB LPDDR5
  • Storage: 256GB UFS 3.1 (non-expandable)
  • Rear Camera (Triple): 12MP, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, OIS, LED flash; secondary 12MP Telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture, PDAF, OIS; 12MP (120°) ultra-wide angle lens with f/2.2 aperture
  • Front Cover Camera: 10MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Under Display Camera: 4MP, f/1.8 aperture
  • Audio: Dual stereo speakers, USB Type-C audio, Dolby Atmos
  • Water Protection: IPX8 water resistant
  • Operating System: Android 11, OneUI 3.1
  • Biometrics: Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • SIM: Dedicated dual SIM (nano + nano)
  • Connectivity: 5G (SA/NSA), Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ax (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.2 LE, Ultra Wide Band (UWB), HE160, 1024-QAM, GPS + GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C (Gen 3.2)
  • Dimensions (unfolded): 158.2 x 128.1 x 6.4mm
  • Weight: 288 grams
  • Battery: 4,400mAh, 20W fast wired charging, 10W fast wireless charging (WPC / PMA), 4.5W reverse wireless charging
  • Colour(s): Phantom Black with Gold accent

The smartphone will start selling today in China for CN¥16999 (US$2641).

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