Remember the flip phone? The ol’ Motorola Razr? Maybe your cool uncle used to use one.
Anyway, flip phones aren’t dead. There, we said it.
Often called “feature phones” or just “dumb phones”, flip phones and brick phones with physical keys that are really just designed to, you know, make phone calls, are still a thing, especially in developing countries where mobile networks are so paltry that there’s really no point in getting a smartphone even if you have the scratch to afford one.
So Qualcomm has just released the 205 Mobile Platform, a chipset that combines a feature phone into a low-cost, low-energy platform. It not only gets you onto Category 4 LTE networks at speeds up to 150Mbps, but also gets you Voice over LTE (like Skype when you don’t have a basic cellular network), dual-sim support, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1. Ask your uncle if his Razr can do that.
Of course, camera quality is limited to 3 megapixels, but who’s taking selfies when you’re getting 45 days of standby time and 20 hours of talk time on a simple little flippy?
In short, the flip phone lives. Long live the flip phone!