Flip phones are making a comeback

by Haadi Bakar
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Remember how we used to go crazy for flip phones? Samsung is tapping on consumers’ nostalgia by reviving them with today’s specs.

The Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 is Samsung’s take on flip phones for the smartphone era (the first one was quietly released back in 2015).

Though it has that flip-phone design, complete with the now-classic keypad and navigational buttons, the Galaxy Folder 2 runs on Android 6.0, so the new generation of smartphone users who never got to live through the glorious Nokia Symbian days will feel right at home.

Actually, I can’t imagine not using a modern phone OS these days, so as much as I’d like to own a vintage-looking phone, I really don’t wish on going back to clunky old Pre-iPhone software unless if all I want to do is play Snakes all day.

This flip phone has a 3.80-inch touch display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.¬†It’s powered by the 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor and has 2GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and expandable memory via microSD.

The Galaxy Folder 2 also has an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel selfie shooter.

It’s got all the latest connectivity options on a modern smartphone including Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and 4G, as well as smartphone sensor tech like a proximity sensor, accelerometer and ambient light sensor. The Galaxy Folder 2 is a single SIM (GSM) phone.

Sadly the 1950 mAh battery is non-removable, which is kind of odd for a phone design that was originally made with swappable batteries.

Also this form factor isn’t really great for anything other than making a phone call. The flip design was originally made for that, in a time when people use smartphones primarily to talk on the phone. Hardly anyone makes phone calls these days!

So when you want to use the Galaxy Folder 2 in landscape mode, like watching a Youtube video or playing games, the phone’s keypad section sticks out awkwardly on the side.

And it’s going to be difficult to touch type on the screen with this design, so you’ll have to get used to typing on the keypad. Remember how that used to be so much fun?

 

But really if you’re someone who hates the current crop of smartphones and prefer typing on a physical keypad, the Galaxy Folder 2 might just be for you.

Unfortunately, this phone is only available in China, at least for now.  Samsung said it will be released in more countries in the future.

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