Flip phones have been on a sharp decline since smartphones have come out. Most are more akin to feature phones, barely able to access the internet. But it looks like Samsung wants flip phones to make a comeback, at least in China. They have announced the Samsung Hennessy, an Android-powered flip phone with dual displays running 4.1 Jelly Bean.
On the front, you see one of its two 3.3-inch 320 x 480 displays with three capacitive buttons at the bottom. In this mode, it acts like a normal smartphone. Flipped open, it has another identical display and a large keypad at the bottom. It looks very retro and very much like an old school flip phone with a smartphone twist.
The specs, as you can probably expect, aren’t very impressive. The device is powered by a 1.2GHz quad core paired with 1GB of RAM, and it has a 5MP camera, 1,500 mAh battery, microSD slot and the various wireless connections of modern devices. It also has dual GSM/CDMA radios, so the device can be used on any China carrier.
We probably won’t see this device stateside, and it may never even come out of Asia. I’m not sure if we’re missing much, but it would be cool to at least spend a few days with it. What do you think of the Samsung Hennessy? Is it a useful device or a pointless retro design? Leave a comment!