Samsung announces Hennessy: a dual-touchscreen Android flip-phone

We know Samsung is in no way averse to pumping out countless devices in a myriad of form factors and sizes. Though there’s no clear market or demand for such devices the company still makes them in hopes of the occasional massive hit. In this spirit, ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the Samsung Hennessy W789.

Do not adjust your monitor, what you’re seeing is an actual dual-touchscreen, Android flip-phone with a quad-core processor and a physical dial pad. The important specs are as follow:

  • Dual 3.3-inch touchscreen display @ 320x480 resolution
  • Android 4.1
  • Quad-Core 1.2 Ghz CPU
  • MicroSD memory expansion
  • 5Mpx back-side camera
  • 1,500 mAh battery
  • Size: 112.85 x 59.3 x 18.62mm
  • Weight: 208g
  • Supports GSM and CDMA simultaneously

If this sounds like a very weird device to you, trust us, you're not alone. Then again, the launch of the W789 lends a lot of credence to earlier rumors surrounding its Samsung Galaxy Folder phone which is supposed to be a high-end version of this device.

Source: Samsung Via: Engadget | Thanks V-tech for the tip! Image via Engadget 

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There are so many things wrong with this:
1. The outside screen is too small for this hardware capability
2. The inside touchscreen is smaller, which makes it pretty much useless as a touchscreen.
3. Two touchscreens+a dialpad? What's the point?
If the outside screen would have a decent resolution, and the inside screen wouldn't be a touchscreen, I could see it sell. But there is no chance for that, because it's running android, which is basically only touch based, so you couldn't get much function out of a dialpad+non touch screen inside. I see it has a "joystick", but I wouldn't want to use android with that in a million years...

Looks pretty neat! Don't understand why they keep shipping new phones with old Android versions though...

I was always wanting to get a flip phone but lack of messaging apps and unavailability made me get a typical one. If the battery is at least double what I would get now, I would get this.

Clamdigger63 said,
I don't get the need for this. Why?

Got me stumped. Why bother opening the phone? The screen is not bigger or better inside... dat resolution.

Not everyone likes virtual keyboards. I loathe them - even on touch-screens. However, until these, you had to choose between slide-out and virtual keyboard on an Android phone. Make it wifi-only and it can even be a feature-phone; too many carriers offer niggling-nibbling data plans, and atop that, a data plan is required for a smartphone.

To be honest? Looks like a great idea. Not so sure about battery capacity and overall thickness. But if I were to pick a phone right now, I would definitely consider this.

Mortis said,
To be honest? Looks like a great idea. Not so sure about battery capacity and overall thickness. But if I were to pick a phone right now, I would definitely consider this.

Dual 3.3-inch touchscreen display @ 320x480 resolution
Android 4.1
Quad-Core 1.2 Ghz CPU

are you sure? I think Samsung has lot more quad core processors than required and so dumping all of them to every piece.

Yeah, quad-core seems like an overkill for a dual 320x480 res. I thought it has a bigger main screen resolution. 320x480 for a main screen seems like a fail.