Samsung launches retro foldable phone – but fans think it looks like a Gameboy

From the Motorola Razr to the LG Vx9900, flip phones were the must-have handheld devices of the early 2000s.

Now, Samsung has launched a modern spin on the flip phone, in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.

The smartphone features a foldable glass screen that can be opened to multiple angles, meaning the device can be fully extended, folded in half, or sat upright like a mini laptop.

In this position, a feature known as Flex Mode is activated, which splits the display into two four-inch screens to view content on the top half of the display, and control from the bottom.

On the outer case, the Flip has a dual rear camera system comprising two 12-megapixel lenses.

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Users can also take selfies with this camera when the Flip is closed, even using the small cover screen as a viewfinder for the photo.

Unfolded, the Flip also has a 10-megapixel selfie camera built into the flexible screen.

The Flip houses a 3,300mAh battery, and supports wireless charging capabilities. It also features fingerprint and facial recognition sensors.

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While the smartphone is pretty futuristic, many fans have drawn comparisons to a rather retro device – the Gameboy Advance SP.

The Nintendo gaming console first launched back in 2003, and like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, had a folding design – albeit without a foldable screen.

One user tweeted: “The new Samsung flip phone reminds me of a Gameboy advanced SP and that's like 75% of the reason I want it.”

Another wrote: “This samsung flip phone looks like a gameboy and I'm very much here for it.”

And one joked: “First thing I'm doing when I get the new samsung flip phone is  to download a gameboy emulator.”

The Galaxy Z Flip will go on sale in the UK on February 14, costing £1,300.

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