Samsung Hennessy, aka the inexplicable Android flip phone, is now official

Clamshell smartphones may be a relic of a forgotten tech era in the eyes of many, but Samsung has decided it’s not quite done with the flip phone phenomenon and announced the Android-powered Samsung Hennessy. Like the last flip phone that you’ve probably seen, it’s destined for the Chinese market. Whatever the reason, buyers in China were interested in last year’s dual-screen flip phone enough to make Samsung build a sequel.

The Samsung Hennessy has a 3.3-inch HVGA display (320×480); two of them actually. The outside of the phone has a display showcasing a clock and links to Android apps, and the inside has the familiar Android 4.1 with Samsung’s touches to the software. There’s even a dial pad with physical buttons. It also has a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 1,500 mAh battery. The phone clocks in at 208g (7.34oz) of weight and 110.85 x 59.3 x 18.62mm (4.37 x 2.33 x 0.73in).

Chinese buyers can pick up the Hennessy with dual SIM CDMA/GSM support, but consumers in other regions will not be able without paying a hefty import fee. It’s strange to see the device considering that there are so few clamshell phones still seen today in an era where smartphones have rapidly replaced feature phones. Even the candybar-style feature phones outnumber the clamshell kind in the west. Clearly the smartphone revolution hasn’t killed off flip phones.


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