Samsung Hennessy W789 Android 4.1 flip phone with 3.3″ HVGA displays will cost $800 in China

Let’s play a little smartphone pricing game.

If I told you I have an Android phone with 3.3” 320×480 (HVGA) display, 5 megapixel camera, 1.2 GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, running on Android  4.1 Jelly Bean, how much would you give me for it?

$50? $100? $150?

What if I told you it’s a dual SIM phone that works on both GSM and CDMA networks? +$50? And if it was a clamshell with two 3.3” HVGA screens? $100 more? Then, if it is really well built and feels like top of the line device? Would you give me $100 more?

I’m sorry, I am only up to $400, and I’m running out of the reasons to up the price of this device.

Samsung, on the other hand, is not.

Remember that long rumored Android clamshell- Samsung Hennessy SCH- W789? With the specs above? According to multiple Chinese sites,  Sammy is positioning Hennessy as an uber high end smartphone, and is asking 4999 Yuan (~$800) for it. That’s actually more expensive  than Galaxy S4.

Samsung Hennessy W789

I guess there’s a good reason Samsung bought the rights to use Hennessy name for this phone. French wines/liquors must have some huge attraction for well to  do over there. After all, a simple threat of increased duties on French wines to China was enough for EU to suspend antitrust investigation against ZTE and Huawei.

There must be a lot of middle-class Chinese men who are ready to shell out a lowly $800 for a Hennessy phone, no matter what a crappy deal it is.

Samsung knows it’s true. After all, it’s just a small step down from $3000 they asked from the rich for a Jackie Chan clamshell they released last year. And must have done a pretty brisk business to go for round 2.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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