Samsung Hennessy: Android and Quad-Core CPU in The Body of a Flip-Phone

Recommended usage scenario?Recommended usage scenario?


For those who miss the relatively compact form and physical keypad-toting design of the clamshell flip-phone, but want to avail in all of the latest features available to smartphones, Samsung may soon begin shipping an interesting compromise. The company's Hennessy, or SCH-W789 if you'd prefer the geekier model number, pairs the clamshell physique with Google's Android operating system and decent, if sometimes curious, hardware features.


A mix of old and newA mix of old and new


Most curious of those features are the two identical 3.3” touchscreens present on the Hennessy. With their modest 320x480-pixel resolutions, both take up the usual spots filled by screens on phones of this form-factor. With the Hennessy, though, both screens show the same content and you can only use one at a time, purportedly. Makes sense. Under the hood is an unspecified quad-core CPU running at 1.2Ghz, alongside WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity, topped off with version 4.1 of Android.


Performance on Android "Jelly Bean" should be snappy on the quad-core processorPerformance on Android "Jelly Bean" should be snappy on the quad-core processor


You also get a microSD memory card slot, a 5-megapixel camera, and a surely-replaceable 1500mAh battery. Both CDMA and GSM wireless networks are supported, with one SIM card slot for each. Finally, the device measures 110.85 x 59.3 x 18.62mm with a weight of 208 grams. That's somewhat heavy for a phone of this size, but altogether unsurprising given the dual screens.


The integrated camera appears to have an LED flashThe integrated camera appears to have an LED flash


There are still some specifications missing, such as RAM size and amount of onboard storage, and so far only Samsung's Chinese site shows that a Samsung Hennessy ever existed. Pricing and availability are unknown as well. The presence of GSM capability, though, hints at a release stateside. We'll just have to wait and see. (Via Engadget)