If you’re feeling nostalgic about the last decade (when flip phones were all the rage), but you also want a modern smartphone OS, you should definitely check out the ZTE Cymbal-T. This is a new flip phone – aka clamshell – that runs Android and is officially available to buy in the US.
Unlike some Samsung flip phones that run Android, the ZTE Cymbal-T is not a high-end device. It’s a fairly basic handset with a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, a quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable storage space. The phone also comes with LTE connectivity, as well as Wi-Fi, GPS, a 5 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and a small external screen to show notifications.
The ZTE Cymbal-T sadly runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, and it will probably not be updated to a newer version of the OS. Even so, it can do pretty much anything a normal smartphone can do these days.
The new clamshell is available on TracFone (which owns MVNO brands like NET10, Straight Talk, and Simple Mobile) for $99.99 – no contract needed. The price includes 1 year of service with 1200 MB of data, 1200 minutes, and 1200 messages for the whole year.