Samsung’s next-generation dual-screen flip phone – which is expected to retail for north of $2,000 when it hits the shelves – will probably come with a Bixby button.
Unfortunately this might not be good news to all of you. The physical Bixby button is a bit like Marmite; you either love it or you hate it, with some finding it so unbearable they resort to third-party applications – and poorly-designed cases – to repurpose the key.
Samsung has even acknowledged that its Bixby toggle missed the mark, offering owners the option to disable it without having to install any shady tweaks – and by disable it, we mean stop it from taking any action whatsoever.
Needless to say, we’re a little confused. The firm has recognised that people hate the button, so why is it carrying it over to its next clamshell? Is it relying on accidental clicks to convince investors that people are using Bixby?
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We know, we know. It’s a bit of a far-fetched theory – but it does seem feasible. Think about it: Most people, as evidenced by a recent survey, would rather remap the button to launch an application of their choice than completely kill it.
Samsung, however, isn’t willing to play ball. You can (officially) use the key to launch Bixby Home and Bixby Voice, or you can disable it. It doesn’t want you, even though it’s possible using a third-party tweak, to repurpose the toggle.
It’s all a bit strange, but we digress.
Let’s talk about the W2018
The manufacturer’s upcoming high-end flip phone, which is still yet to be assigned a vanity name, has been spotted in yet another batch of hands-on pictures – this time with a dedicated Bixby button in tow.
Recent leaks and rumours point towards the handset shipping with a pair of 4.2-inch Full HD Super AMOLED displays, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, a 12MP rear-facing camera and a 2,300mAh non-removable battery.
Samsung is preparing to launch the Android 7.0 Nougat-powered unit – dubbed W2018 – in China at the beginning of 2018, according to a source familiar with its plans. It could make its way to other Asian markets later in the year.
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