Every year, Samsung releases a luxurious edition of the Z Fold and Flip that is only available through China Telecom, such as the Samsung W22 from last year. Samsung is also releasing a W Flip concept for the first time, which is based on the Z Flip. It’s a modernised version of the old W flip handsets.
The hardware on the Samsung W23 is essentially the same as that on the Galaxy Z Fold4, except that this is a premium device with 16GB of RAM as well as 512GB storage (the Fold tops out at 12GB RAM).
However, the exterior is everything, and the W phones are traditionally available in black and gold. The back panel is made of black ceramic, and the aluminium hinge is adorned with decorative engraving. The S Pen (sold separately) has also been repainted in the same colours to match the handset.
The phone also includes custom themes, the main one of which is inspired by Song Dynasty porcelain.
The Samsung W23 is available for pre-order on the company’s Chinese online store, with a final price of CNY 16,000 (the first CNY 1,000 of which you pay as a deposit to reserve a place in line). A 12/512GB Galaxy Z Fold4 costs CNY 14,000 in comparison.
The Samsung W23 Flip borrows most of its hardware from the Galaxy Z Flip4 and dresses it up in W-series fashion. The W Flip, like its companion, has more RAM than the Z Flip (12GB vs. 8GB) and 512GB of storage.
The styling is the same, but instead of ceramic, this one has a cheaper glass back panel. The hinge, however, is still engraved, so this isn’t something you can replicate with the Bespoke editor.
The Samsung W23 costs CNY 10,000 (with a CNY 1,000 deposit) and is available from the Samsung China store. In comparison, a Galaxy Z Flip 8/512GB costs CNY 8,500. China is not covered by Samsung’s Bespoke customization program.
If you are unfamiliar with the W series, it is a China Telecom exclusive that will not be available globally. The Samsung W23 and W23 Flip will begin shipping on October 28.