Samsung has launched the Galaxy Z Flip 5 Retro. The limited edition phone is a homage to the company’s iconic old-school flip phone from 2003, the SGH-E700. The 20-year-old phone is famous for various reasons and is also known as the Benz Phone for its “exceptional design.” The Korean firm is commemorating it by painting the new Flip in its colors.
The Galaxy Z Flip 5 Retro is a nostalgic homage to its 2003 flip phone
Samsung describes the Galaxy Z Flip 5 Retro as a phone that embodies its “legacy of innovation.” This is a reference to the SGH-E700 that debuted 20 years ago with many innovative features. It was the first Samsung phone to feature a built-in antenna. It also featured an external display. The OLED color panel on its back side could be used as a viewfinder when capturing selfies using the rear camera.
According to Samsung, the SGH-E700 was a product “that captured the market’s imagination with its exceptional design and performance.” Unsurprisingly, it sold over ten million units globally, making it the first phone from the Korean behemoth to reach this sales milestone. Its innovative design and widespread popularity “played a pivotal role in advancing Samsung’s position in the mobile phone industry,” the company states.
The Korean firm went on to launch many iconic mobile phones over the years. It’s now paying homage to the SGH-E700 with the Galaxy Z Flip 5 Retro. The new limited edition foldable features an indigo blue rear panel and a silver frame, the same colors as the iconic flip phone. Additionally, Samsung has reinterpreted a UX design of 2000s pixel graphics. It’s also offering an exclusive cover screen animation portraying “a cityscape with a touch of nostalgia.”
Bundled with the package are a Flipsuit case and three Flipsuit cards featuring logos from different eras of Samsung’s history. It also includes a collector card “engraved with a unique serial number.” Samsung says this will add to the product’s collectible value for customers who purchase it. The Retro version of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 has the same internals and overall design as the standard foldable.
Price and availability
As of now, Samsung has confirmed the availability of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 Retro in six countries: Australia, France Germany, South Korea, Spain, and the UK. The device will go on sale in France on November 2 and the other five markets on November 1. The company hasn’t announced the price for the limited edition foldable. It will probably reveal that on the release date for each market. We will let you know if Samsung brings the phone to more countries, including the US.