As you know, technology can come and go in the relative blink of an eye. The humble flip phone actually lasted for more than a decade before being killed off by the smartphone, but in the end it couldn't compete. Like most past trends, however, it's coming back.
Part of that is because retro technology is becoming more popular in general. Just look at the rise in sales of vinyl records, cassette tapes and old video games. The other reason is that many celebrities are starting to adopt flip phones again because they can't be hacked like smartphones can. Manufacturers have noticed and are getting in on the game.
According to inside sources, Samsung has a flip phone in the works. Here are some leaked photos showing what it looks like.
It's actually an Android smartphone in flip-phone form with a traditional keypad for the lower half. The upper half could have two screens, one for the front and one for the back, so you can use it both open and closed.
Rumors say it's going to run Android 5.1.1, have an 8-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It could also have a 5 megapixel front camera and 16 megapixel back camera. So, it will be similar to the high-end Samsung Galaxy S6. LG already has a similar Android flip phone on the international market called the LG Wine Smart.
That's good news for people who want to be retro-stylish. However, it probably won't catch on with celebrities who are using actual flip phones for security and privacy reasons. It probably also won't catch on with people who stuck with flip phones because they were less expensive or easier to use. It should be interesting to see how many of them actually sell.
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