Mobile manufacturers 'moving away from flip phones'
This year's Mobile Phone Congress in Barcelona saw handset developers shy away from flip phone designs, marking the demise of the clamshell, it has been suggested.
Speaking to the International Herald Tribune, director of mobile technology at IMS Research Bill Morelli said that consumers would now have to choose between two types of mobile phone design - the bar, or the sliding handset.
"We have seen a complete shift away from the flip and clamshell handsets. The focus is solely on bar phones and maximising screen size," he commented.
The bar design was innovated by Apple and LG, but the publication suggests that the handset types can start to look alike.
Samsung displayed a model from the same vein at the MPC but with one difference - the handset was solar-powered.
According to the Telegraph, Apple's iPhone was a source of great inspiration to other mobile phone makers, with many of the handsets on display at the event boasting new technology as they compete alongside the trailblazer.
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