Era of flip phones is long gone, but Samsung has taken yet another approach. Smartphone approach. With that said, it is not the first time the company has packed a smartphone in a clamshell case. Samsung SCH-W999 was a unit launched in late 2011 but never saw the global variant once it launched on China Telecom. It was a phone with dual 3.5-inch 480×800 S-AMOLED panels, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon (S3) MSM8660 and Android 2.3 with TouchWiz interface. Aside from the dual screen panels, there was a dual SIM slot and dual-mode connectivity (GSM and CDMA2000).
Now, Samsung China has unveiled the Hennessy (SCH-W789), a ?new generation? flip phone that brings us back a couple of years sporting components that are probably (and unfortunately) best described as low mid-range. Device features dual 3.3-inch touch screens with each having a resolution of only 320×480 pixels (HVGA). Next in line are an unnamed 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a microSD card slot, though internal memory remains unknown. Other features of the unit are 5MP camera with flash, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi capability. Similarly to the predecessor unit, Hennessy also brings in CDMA and GSM compatibility as well as dual-SIM design. Unit is powered by now-dusty Android 4.1, with unavoidable TouchWiz layer known from all Samsung’s mobile units.
It is truly unfortunate Samsung didn’t use their abilities to full extent to pack more high-end components inside of the big case. Even the battery is of severely limited 1500mAh capacity.
SCH-W789 measures at 110.85 x 59.3 x 18.62 mm and 208 grams, and one would think they managed to cram the heavy-duty battery inside that thick and heavy shell too. That is not the case, as the back side of the unit contains only a 1500mAh battery. Pricing seems to be unusually high, with some sources saying the unit costs around 4999 Chinese yuan or $815.
For the moment being, there is no information if this unit will become available outside of China and bring a slight gust of history to the rest of the world. More info available on the Samsung China webpage.