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 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?



1. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013


2. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013


3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

5. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5804; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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

12. Simona unregistered

Well same as apple doing :-)

4. samsboy unregistered


6. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Looks like a transformer lol...

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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

8. Boogie

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

its crap...

10. AndyYan

Posts: 84; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

F U MediaTek, as usual.

11. rydh95

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Ugly overpriced POS

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Good grief that is horrible.

14. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 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

15. linaresx

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

Defency more like De-Fancy or Deficient.

16. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

17. xperian

Posts: 421; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

That's expensive piece of lag

18. Krjal

Posts: 440; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I'll give you $20 for it.

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