Flip phones had a swag about them. The ability to hang up on an annoying call with a swift flip and clapping sound. Made you feel like a boss too.. lol…
Though the Motorola StarTac is credited as being the first phone with the flip/clampshell form factor, which sold for about $1000 in 1996, it helped pave the way of adoption of this technology by other OEMS like Samsung & LG.
Released in June 2011 in Japan, it featured a main 3.4in LCD display with 480×854p and a 0.7in OLED secondary screen on the outer side of the phone, an infrared port , microSD slot up 32GB, 16MP camera (as at 2011 o), water resistant, and ran on Android’s OS 2.3 ..and cut a price tag of $490.
Oh! Did I mention it had a digital TV tuner too?….