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The Softbank Flip Smartphone Features a Waterproof Touchscreen

 - Jun 7, 2011
References: e.nikkei & dvice
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.