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Definition: flip phone


A hinged cellphone that is very compact when closed. Also called a "clamshell phone," the flip phone is a basic cellphone without Internet access. More compact when closed, the cover "flips open" to reveal the screen, keypad, speaker and microphone. See feature phone.

Flip Phones Are Back With a Flair
In 2020, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Motorola Razr clamshell smartphones debuted with screens that fold. Unlike the flip phones of the past, these new devices are state-of-the-art and considerably more expensive. See FOLED and smartphone.




The Old Flip
This LG flip phone has a second screen on the outside. (Image courtesy of AT&T, www.att.com)






The New Flip
The Galaxy Z Flip is one of the first smartphones with a foldable OLED screen. See Galaxy Z Flip. (Image courtesy of PCMag.com.)