Did you know that the flip phone still isn’t dead? A fashion staple back in the 90s, flip phones are still holding onto their grip well within the 21st century. You can even get smart flip phones with Android installed, as you’re about to see! If you’re looking for a new flip phone in 2021, these are some of the best to choose from.
1. Alcatel GO FLIP 3
It’s been around for a couple of years now, but the majority of flip phones lean into the retro anyway, so they age a little more gracefully than smartphones defined by the latest versions of Android or iOS.
The GO FLIP 3 is a dinky and svelte device that can be picked up for under $100. It packs a Snapdragon 210 CPU and a 2.8″ screen with a humble 320×240 resolution. (If you’re looking for high-resolution flip phone screens, you’ll find them further down the list for a higher price.)
It has a small screen on the outer lid displaying the time, and you can expand its storage via microSD by up to 32GB. You won’t take stunning pictures with the 2MP camera, but its battery life and selection of essential apps – that include Gmail, Facebook, Calendar and Twitter – give you all you need when it comes to the basics.
2. Nokia 2720
Nokia’s been on a big resurgence since getting smarter and joining the Android ranks, so it can afford to go a bit leftfield by offering retro-inspired phones. It’s released modern versions of its classic 3310 series but has also released a sleek little smart flip phone in the Nokia 2720.
It runs on the KaiOS operating system, a lightweight version of Linux, which is probably better suited to low-spec flip phones than the more demanding Android. It was made in partnership with Google, however, so it features Google Assistant, as well as preloaded vital apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and Google Duo.
Crucially, it features a whopping 28-day idle battery life (you don’t see that these days) and 4G/LTE. It just looks damn elegant. There’s an emergency button at the back, too.
3. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Now we’re entering the modern-day definition of a “flip phone” with Samsung’s fully flexible displays. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip doesn’t have a little keypad on the bottom half – instead, it has even more screen. When it’s fully extended, it looks like one singular screen. However, you can fold the halves together to save on some pocket space.
The Galaxy Z Flip is a more recent release than the above models and came out in February 2020. As such, its specs are a lot more impressive, with an Android 10 OS, a Snapdragon 855+ octa-core processor, and 8 GB RAM. It has a 1080 x 2636 resolution and a 6.7″ display – when unfolded, of course!
4. Motorola Razr
A rare non-Samsung entry, the Motorola Razr makes flip phones look like they came into style this side of the century. When it’s flipped out, the screen spans from top to bottom, much like the Galaxy Z. When it’s folded, the top surface displays the time and notifications.
Again, this phone is recent, so the specs are very good. It comes with Amazon 9 but can be upgraded to 10 if needed. It has a Snapdragon 710 octa-core, 6.2″ display, 6 GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal space.
5. Samsung Galaxy Folder 2
In your search, you’ll soon discover Samsung has more Android flip phone models on the market than any other company. The Galaxy Folder 2 is one of the older models but still does a decent job.
The phone has 16GB storage, a 3.8” display, quad-core 1.4GHz processor, and 2GB RAM. It’s an older model, so you may struggle to find it online. However, if you can locate it on eBay or similar sites, it’s a great choice.
6. ZTE Cymbal Z-320
If you’re looking for a basic smartphone but don’t need a ton of apps, the ZTE Cymbal Z-320 could be perfect for you. This phone isn’t packed with features, but it’s cheap and has all the basic functionality you’d expect out of an Android phone. Plus, it has that flip form factor.
One of the main features is 4G LTE connectivity. As cellular providers wind down support for older technologies like 2G, having modern connectivity is important to ensure you’ll be able to keep using your phone.
7. Kyocera KYF31
A relatively updated unknown manufacturer to the West, the Kyocera KYF31 is an Android phone that saves on pennies but doesn’t skimp on the details. It retains a retro look but comes with 4G capability, an 8.0-megapixel camera, and Android 5.1.1. It uses a Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor and 1GB RAM.
The phone even comes with some interesting touch functionality. For example, by swiping your phone from the keyboard, you can scroll through windows as if it were a smartphone.
8. Kyocera DuraXE
Some of us need a phone that is tougher than the standard smartphone. Kyocera has been building these types of smartphones for years. The Kyocera DuraXE combines a flip-style design with a rugged build to stand up to whatever you throw at it.
The phone features 1 GB RAM and 8 GB storage, but a memory card slot lets you expand the storage. The Kyocera DuraXE supports microSD cards up to 32 GB in size.
9. TracFone ZTE Z233
If you’re looking for an affordable prepaid phone running Android, the TracFone ZTE Z233 is among the cheapest you’ll find. This is the cheapest smartphone on this list.
On the downside, this phone is carrier-locked, so it will only work with the Tracfone cellular service. On the plus side, it features 4G LTE connectivity, so you can be sure it will last you a while.
Flipping through the Flip Phones
Flip phones are far from dead. From regular flip phones to ones that can fold, there’s an Android flip phone model for everyone.
If you’re a senior or buying a phone for a senior, flip phones aren’t the only option. Everything from high-end phones to simplified but sophisticated phones can work. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at our list of the best smartphones for seniors.