La storia è ciclica, si ripete, direbbe Erodoto. Ugualmente la moda e le tendenze. Anche se in alcuni casi vorrei davvero che non fosse così. Penso alle giacche dai colori sgargianti con le spalle imbottite che andavano di moda negli anni ’80, ai film con protagonisti i dinosauri o ai telefoni con apertura a flip. Purtroppo questi ultimi  sembrano tornare dal recente passato dove speravo giacessero sepolti per sempre, sconfitti dal design pulito ed essenziale degli smartphone (è una opinione personale certo che, come vedete, non riesco proprio ad addolcire ).

Responsabile della riesumazione è Samsung che già nel mese di novembre dello scorso anno aveva lanciato sul mercato asiatico il suo flip phone, utilizzando l’attore Jackie Chan come testimonial.

Ora pare che la compagnia coreana stia per presentare un nuovo telefono chiamato W789 Hennessy (e non Galaxy Folder come volevano i rumors), con sistema operativo Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean e soprattutto dotato di flip. Anche in questo caso la distribuzione dovrebbe essere limitata – almeno all’inizio – alla sola Cina.

L’articolo di Andy Boxall per Digitaltrends.com ci fornisce ulteriori particolari.

 

The flip phone is back, as Samsung launches the W789 Hennessy in China

A few weeks ago, a Samsung flip phone running Android appeared in a leaked picture, leading to rumors the phone would be named the Galaxy Folder, and it was to be officially announced soon. However, the device shown was the Samsung W2013, a phone already on sale in China. Despite this, the rumors weren’t completely false, as Samsung has now announced a brand new Android flip phone, the SCH-W789 Hennessy.

In the pictures, it looks very similar to the W2013, but its specification is actually lower than Jackie Chan’s phone. It has two screens, one inside the flip and the other on the outside, both of which measure 3.3-inches and have a 320 x 480 pixel resolution. Inside is a quad-core 1.2Ghz processor and 1GB of RAM, which power the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, complete with the TouchWiz user interface over the top.

Other features include GPS, Wi-Fi, a microSD card slot, a 1500mAh battery, and a 5-megapixel camera on the back. It’s a heavy beast at a whopping 208 grams, which is more than the Nokia Lumia 920 and even the Vertu TI, and measures a little over 18mm thick, more than two iPhone 5’s put together.

Sadly for those who disagreed when I called the Galaxy Folder an anachronism, attractive only to hipsters who couldn’t let go of the past, unless you’re in China you won’t be sporting the W789 Hennessy in the near future. It’s designed, as many Chinese smartphones are, to run on either GSM or CDMA networks though, making it compatible with China’s major networks.

There’s no confirmed release date or price for the Hennessy, and no hints the phone will see an international release in the future. Oh, what a shame.