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Samsung announces the Hennessy, a dual-screen, quad-core Android flip phone

When you think of smartphones, the image of a sleek, minimalist slab is probably what comes to mind. But how about a flip phone? Now there’s a form factor you don’t see everyday – at least, not on any phone that’s powered by Google(s goog). But Samsung, always willing to try something new, has announced the Hennessy, a dual-screen flip phone that runs on Android.

The Hennessy almost looks like a standard Android phone from the front, albeit with a lot of excess bezel. But then you realize the front actually flips open to reveal a second screen on the other side, along with a full-on keypad below it. If you didn’t know any better, you could mistake this for a smartphone or a feature phone, depending on the angle you look at it.

Samsung Hennessy 2

The 3.3-inch touch screens offer just 480-by-320-pixel resolution, which actually makes the 1.2GHz quad-core processor seem like overkill. The phone also has a 5-megapixel camera, a 1500mAh battery, and a microSD card slot. It’s running on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), which, judging by the photos, looks to have been given some of the Samsung TouchWiz treatment.

The Hennessy has only been announced in China and there’s no word on pricing or availability, or whether the phone will be introduced to any additional territories. Dual-SIM support is included for both CDMA and GSM radios, which means an unlocked version could potentially work in the U.S. if you manage to get your hands on one.

Hennessy front

Hennessy side

Hennessy camera

Hennessy open

12 Responses to “Samsung announces the Hennessy, a dual-screen, quad-core Android flip phone”

  1. Samsung has made a couple of previous models in this form factor for the Chinese market already — I think they’re targeted at status-seeking rich people who care about been seen with an expensive device more than they care about functionality.

    • Gonzalo López de Ayala

      I just think the contrary. People who like Smartphone without a real qwerty keyboard with at least 5 rows dont care, or dont know, much about functionality. As an example look at the iphones: the are made for people who care about been seen with an expensive device but know nothing about tecnology and useness.

      This Samsung Hennessy is a step forward (after so much steps backwards) to real, not toys, smartphones.

  2. Alok Chadha

    Interesting… It will work out just fine for my dad, who wants to stick to feature phone for the sole reason that they have physical numeric buttons.

  3. Tac Anderson

    It’s a real shame the other screen doesn’t turn around so you could actually use two screens. This just seems like a compromise for people not willing to give up flip phones yet.