Samsung reveals the W789 Android flip-phone, keeps the past alive

By on August 14, 2013, 11:30 AM

With bar-type, touchscreen smartphones becoming more popular each and every day, seeing a flip-phone on the streets is now a rare occurrence. Samsung doesn't want to let the form factor die, however, and is releasing a brand new Android-powered flip-phone called the Hennessy.

As revealed on Samsung's Chinese website, the Hennessy (W789) features two 3.3-inch 320 x 480 LCD touchscreens, one on each side of the phone's top panel. Other specifications include a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1500 mAh battery, five megapixel camera, a microSD card slot, two SIM slots (for CDMA and GSM radios), and Android 4.1 out of the box.

As one would expect, the phone is both thick and heavy by today's standards due to the old-style form factor, coming in at 18.6mm thick and 208 grams. Samsung has yet to specify when the device will be released, and for how much, although it's unlikely that this phone will be seen outside of Asia.

The device could be a curtain raiser for the Galaxy Folder, another Android flip-phone that Samsung is working on. It reportedly features a larger 3.7-inch AMOLED display and a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, as well as LTE support. Again, the Folder likely won't be released in Western markets due to people's preference for slate-style smartphones like the Galaxy S4, but it'll still make an interesting addition to Samsung's line-up.

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