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This unique, MediaTek-powered handset is targeted at the Chinese elite, and costs more than $3,000

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This unique, MediaTek-powered handset is targeted at the Chinese elite, and costs more than $3,000

OK, so we've heard about gold-plated iPhone 6 units, Swarovski-covered Galaxy models, and, "luxurized" flagships aside, we've also seen phones that are specifically made to be a status symbol – and as such – cost an insane amount of money, without offering a proportionally powerful hardware. But it's rare that we see something so contrasting in the fields of pricing / handset prowess, as we do today.

Hanmac is a company based in France, which specializes in building luxury handsets that it has decided to sell in China. It offers two base models – the feature phone “Range” and the smartphone “Defency” (which has now been upgraded to the “New Defency”). The handsets have a unique post-modern steampunk-ish touch to them, with lots of metal and gear-shaped elements, combined with an engraving, which could either be user-customized, or can be one of the company's baroque- or locomotive-inspired shapes.

Hanmac states that it wishes to build truly boutique phones, so all devices are assembled by hand (we are fairly sure that the parts need to be crafted by machines, still), and a single unit takes around 30 days to put together. The phones are covered in metal and medical rubber, for a high-quality feel, their displays have sapphire glass, and the buttons are ceramic; naturally – all outside components scream “luxury”.

So, what's under the rococo hood of the New Defency flagship, you ask? Well, a quad-core MediaTek 6589, clocked at 1.2 GHz is at the heart of its system, coupled with 2 GB of RAM. Its storage is pinned at 64
This unique, MediaTek-powered handset is targeted at the Chinese elite, and costs more than $3,000
GB, and it offers a 13 MP / 3 MP camera combo. The display is a 3.5-incher and glows with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution (266 PPI), a 1,440 mAh battery keeps the engines running, and the OS that commands the lot is Android 4.2.

How much does it all cost, you ask? Well, it may depend on user customizations, but the base price of the New Defency hangs around the $3,100 mark, which certainly ranks among the top overpriced tech we've come across.

What do you think of the Defency's aesthetics?


source: cnBeta via GSMDome, CNMO

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posted on 09 Feb 2015, 03:52 10

1. sriuslywtf (Posts: 297; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


WTF...

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 03:55 9

2. promise7 (Posts: 877; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Fugly

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 03:59 8

3. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Actually, this is a lower end luxury phone, for the rich people on a tight budget. Wait, rich people on a tight budget? Whaaaaaaaaaaaat?

Overall, ugly piece of shit. Luxury phones are shitty anyways.

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 04:01

5. xondk (Posts: 1393; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Yeah, this really doesn't make much sense...

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 05:53

9. vincelongman (Posts: 4425; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Almost like the weak CPUs in the PS4/Xbox One
But at least they have decent prices :)

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 07:16 2

12. Simona (unregistered)


Well same as apple doing :-)

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 04:00

4. samsboy (unregistered)


garbage

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 04:16 1

6. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Looks like a transformer lol...

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 04:49

7. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2890; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Somehow this makes me think Steampunk (done in a crappy way)

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 04:58

8. Boogie (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)


its crap...

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 06:10

10. AndyYan (Posts: 59; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


F U MediaTek, as usual.

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 06:58

11. rydh95 (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


Ugly overpriced POS

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 08:01

13. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Good grief that is horrible.

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 09:25

14. NexusX (Posts: 507; Member since: 16 May 2013)


this is basically a cheap chinese phone housed in an ugly case.

Are you sure these guys are french? they don't even have a french website nor a english website.

either this french company thinks chinese consumers are idiots or this is an actual chinese company fronted as a french company to con you into buying a $3000 chinese crap

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 10:29

15. linaresx (Posts: 101; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)


Defency more like De-Fancy or Deficient.

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 11:13 1

16. UglyFrank (Posts: 1649; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I don't know what that other $3000 is going to

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 12:34

17. xperian (Posts: 322; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


That's expensive piece of lag

posted on 10 Feb 2015, 01:06

18. Krjal (Posts: 230; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)


I'll give you $20 for it.

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