Just when you thought that clamshell phones, also known as flip phones, were totally out of fashion, someone comes up with an attempt to revive the form factor. That someone, in this case, might be Samsung, as new details of its next flip phone surface.

Codenamed “Hennessy”, the Samsung SCH-W789 is rumored to have a dual-screen setup, with both screens measuring 3.5 inches and sporting a rather average 320×480 HVGA resolution. The CPU is unnamed but is said to be a quad-core with a clock speed of 1.2GHz, making it possibly a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200. It will have 1 GB of RAM and a 5 MP rear camera.

These specs are slightly different from an earlier leak which named the CPU as a Snapdragon S2. The information also mentioned a resolution of 800×480, which would have put the Hennessy closer to two other flip phones launched by Samsung in 2011 and 2012. The SCH-W789 will be running Android 4.1.2, which is probably decent given the hardware.

Those who have developed an aversion to flip phones probably need not worry, as this phone might be released only, or at least first, in China, just like Samsung’s SCH-W999 and SCH-W2013. There are no details as to the price, though it would probably be in the same range as the SCH-W999, which cost around $1,500. With a model that comes only in “Luxury Gold” color, it’s only fitting that it would have a luxurious price tag.

VIA: Blog of Mobile

  • Bring Back Etiquette

    Having started with a “brick” moved onto a transportable (talk about whopping transmission power, and weight) and undergone the gamut of mobile phones and providers, I can stay without reservation that my favorite phone was the Motorola StarTAC. Why? It fit conveniently in pockets and suits. However, the most rewarding aspect of the flip phone is the fact that it bred etiquette. Others knew when you were in conversation or not. The act of opening the phone to receive a call exhibited a definitive sign to others that you were engaging/engaged in a call; the act of closing meant you were finished. You were conscientious of others as there was a forced etiquette in using it. You did not use it restaurants as that required etiquette quickly reminded you of how obvious your actions would be.

    Nowadays, etiquette and manners regarding mobile phones are nonexistent. My wife and I have had many a meal soured by people who simply cannot put done their smartphone to actually engage in the act of dining. People wander through stores and never cease talking on their mobile phone from the moment they enter the store all the way to paying the cashier and leaving the store. Bring back the flip phone!