Smartphones are typically classed as either low, mid or high-end devices, purely because the vast majority of them can be easily categorised by price or features. However, there are some ultra-expensive luxury devices available costing upwards of thousands of dollars, such as the strangely-named Hanmac Defency, which has just launched in China.
The wallet-busting Hanmac Defency smartphone
Some smartphone brands, such as Vertu, specialise in very rare and expensive devices – they cost way too much for regular consumers, or at least, most people would scoff at spending silly money on such a device. In the case of Vertu, it’s the use of fairly exotic materials and unbelievable, personalised customer service that sets them apart from regular phones.
Hanmac, a French brand which specializes in luxury smartphones, has released two new phones in China – the Range and the New Defency. The Range is actually a fairly standard ‘feature phone’ (i.e. no real standout features, mainly for calls and messages), but it’s the Defency that is more interesting. It offers a very bizarre post-modern design and all-metal construction, with engravings and strange protrusions all over its case. It’s almost impossible to explain the design – so check out the pictures and you’ll get an idea of what we mean.
The Defency specs
The Defency has a sapphire glass cover protecting its display and the buttons are all ceramic. The front has a 3.5-inch screen with 800 x 400 resolution coming in at 266 pixels per inch, plus a 3 Megapixel camera all the usual sensors. On the rear is a 13 Megapixel camera.
The CPU is a MediaTek MT6589 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, and it comes with a fairly small 1,440 mHh battery. Android 4.2 JellyBean is also pre-installed and there’s a decent 2 GB of RAM as standard, in addition 64 GB of internal storage.
As evident by the spec sheet, its hardware isn’t particularly cutting-edge, especially when you consider the price. But this smartphone is all about luxury and exclusivity, as are most other devices priced well out of the reach of most consumers.
Apparently,the basic price is $3,100 but it can be customised which, of course, costs extra.
We’re not really sure why anyone would purchase such a phone, but if you’ve got money to burn then why not?
Is the Defency worth the money, or is it a complete waste? Let us know in the comments below…