The new blue flip phone pays tribute to Samsung’s original phone, which featured an integrated antenna.
Flip phones have made a comeback, primarily due to advances in folding screen technology, and Samsung is at the forefront with its Z Flip 5, which we praised as “the ultimate flip phone” in our review on Helpleak.
For those who appreciate the retro charm of flip phones, the limited edition Galaxy Z Flip 5 Retro might pique your interest. This new version of the phone is now available for purchase in the UK.
Samsung has crafted the phone with an indigo blue and silver color scheme, drawing inspiration from the Samsung SGH-E700, a flip phone introduced 20 years ago in 2003. What set it apart was that it was the first Samsung phone with a built-in antenna, eliminating the need for an external protruding antenna, a common feature on phones of that era.
At a price of £1,199, the brand new Z Flip 5 Retro is a premium offering, surpassing the cost of the standard model, which is priced at £1,049.
The Retro Flip includes a special presentation box featuring a transparent case and cards that allow users to insert various Samsung logos from different eras. It also includes a collector’s card engraved with a unique serial number, indicating the limited availability of this phone.
If you long for the bygone days of flip phones from the 2000s, this retro flip phone might offer the nostalgic experience you’ve been seeking in your next smartphone. Many of us fondly remember the compact size and lightweight feel of those basic flip phones, with their simple functionality limited to calls, texts, and occasionally annoying ringtones. It’s a reminder of a time when charging our phones only once a week was the norm, a stark contrast to 2023 when smartphones struggle to last a full day on a single charge.
Samsung’s Z Flip 5 stands out as the best foldable flip-style phone from the company. It features a spacious internal screen that folds horizontally at the center, making it considerably more pocket-friendly when closed. Additionally, it includes a substantial external display for accessing notifications and even complete apps.
While Samsung offers a larger foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Fold 5, you shouldn’t anticipate a retro version of this device anytime soon. The Galaxy Z Fold 5 falls into an entirely different category of folding phones, featuring a large tablet-sized inner folding screen.
Written by HENRY BURRELL