The Razr returns: Could the flip phone be making a comeback?

Before Apple unveiled the first iPhone back in 2007 and popularised the simple, rectangular smartphone, the world of the mobile was completely different. 

There can be no doubt that the steady stream of innovative new features and technologies that are regularly added to the latest releases are all to the good – bringing more convenience to our lives and adding excitement for the possibilities of what will come next. 

Indeed, sometimes it can be hard to believe that we now live in a world where video calling and voice-activated touchscreen technology is the norm. This is particularly the case given that it would have seemed so futuristic ten years ago. 

However, some of us still can't help but feel the occasional pang of nostalgia for the days of the old feature phones. 

These were characterised by a completely different set of trends – and while the Nokia 3310 has passed into legend as a long-lasting and seemingly indestructible handset, lots of people fell for slim flip phones. 

The Motorola Razr became one of the best-selling handsets of all time and was promoted by the likes of David Beckham. 

It does seem significantly underpowered compared to today's smartphones – with a 0.3-megapixel camera and a 2.2-inch screen – but this could all be set to change. 

Motorola has released a video that has been widely taken as a hint that the Razr could be set for a comeback. The teaser video shows a group of students in an American high school using their Razr flip phones. 

The enigmatic video has a nostalgic pop-punk soundtrack in the form of The Great Escape – a 2007 single from Boys Like Girls – and is simply titled 06.09.16. 

Captioned “Flip back to the Razr days of yesteryear and get ready for the future” and ending with the letters TTYL – talk to you later in text speak – the clip could be a way for the company to drum up interest for an industry event it is due to host on June 9th. 

It has also led to widespread speculation that a new phone could take the form of the once-ubiquitous clamshell. 

Motorola – now owned by Chinese firm Lenovo – is expected to unveil a successor to its flagship smartphone, the Moto X. It seems unlikely that it would completely abandon the rectangular touchscreen design that characterises almost every smartphone on the modern market.  

It could bring back a non-flip version of the Razr – which it already tried in 2011 – or it could take some design cues from the mid-2000s range. 

Flip phones have declined in popularity in Europe – but are enjoying a growing market in Japan, so a comeback might not be completely out of the question. ADNFCR-2155-ID-801819283-ADNFCR

Written by Mazuma

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