Samsung goes old school with new Hennessy flip-smartphone

15 Aug 2013

Samsung’s latest smartphone model may look like a blast from the past, but the South Korean manufacturer hopes it will grab the attention of the Chinese market.

The flip-smartphone dubbed Hennessy will be released in China where, according to Android Police, this style of handset is still in vogue.

The device runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and features a 1.2GHz quad processor, 1GB RAM, 1,500mAh battery, 5MP rear camera and a micro-SD card slot.

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Whether the phone is closed or flipped open, the user has access to a 3.3-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 320. On the outer screen, you have the standard three capacitive buttons found at the bottom of Samsung’s smartphones: the menu, home and return keys.  

When flipped open, users get a full numerical keypad on the bottom half of the phone as well as a four-way directional pad surrounded by four home keys: the three from the front plus a dedicated button for the dual-SIM function – another feature that’s popular with the Chinese market.

Specifically tailored for release in China, it’s unlikely that the Hennessy will see a release elsewhere.

Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic