Several Samsung Hennessy details as well as its first press render are now available online. Published by Blog of Mobile, the list sheds some light on the upcoming Android-based clamshell smartphone.
Samsung Hennessy or Samsung Galaxy Folder specifications
The smartphone is currently codenamed Hennessy, and bears the model number SCH-W789. This contradicts an earlier leak that indicated SHV-E400S or SHV-E400K as the flip-phone’s model number. Purportedly, the SCH-W789 is a device that is headed to China through the wireless carrier, China Telecom. Apart from China, however, the clamshell handset will be made available in Korea as well, possibly beginning this month. Earlier rumors have indicated that the Korean version will support LTE connectivity.
The same device is also referred to as the Samsung Galaxy Folder by some sources. Samsung Galaxy Folder could be the product’s name once it hits the market.
The Samsung Hennessy will supposedly have two screens. Each of these displays will measure 3.5 inches, and will both have a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. The smartphone will run on an unspecified 1.2GHz processor which may be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200. It will also feature 1GB of RAM, 5 MP rear-facing camera, support for the simultaneous use of two SIM cards, a microSD card slot, and a numeric keypad when the phone is open. The Japanese blog likewise reports that the smartphone will be available in Luxury Gold. As for its operating system, the Samsung Hennessy or the Samsung Galaxy Folder comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. However, this might change to Android 4.3, which Google has recently released.
Android-based clamshell phones
Back in 2010, Samsung already released an Android-based clamshell device in China called the W899. Such device had two AMOLED displays and a physical numeric keypad. It had been designed to ease users who were comfortable with older handsets into the Android experience. Just last year, the South Korean electronics giant unveiled the SCH-W2013, a clamshell phone aimed at the Chinese market. Plenty of other Android-based clamshell devices have also been released by other manufacturers.
This year, Samsung revisits the clamshell form factor in a bid to stand out from the countless Android smartphones that sport the ubiquitous candy bar shape.
Now that you know some of the Samsung Hennessy details, will you consider purchasing it, or a device with a similar appearance?