Japanese cellphone maker Softbank is attempting to knock off the iPhone and Androids from the top of the smartphone mountain with their new flip smartphone. The Softbank flip smartphone revives a dying design (the flip phone) and pairs it with more modern technology such as a touchscreen and 16.1 megapixel camera.

The Softbank flip smartphone will feature a 3.4-inch LCD touchscreen that should help it contend with the touch-happy offerings from the industry's top-dogs. The phone will also be water and dust-proof and will offer earthquake alerts and allow electronic payments. As of now, the Softbank flip smartphone is a Japan-only device, but I wouldn’t be surprised if American carriers adapted this design based on its performance. 2012 could very well be the year of the flip phone.