It's 2004, and President George W. Bush is still in the White House, a new website called The Facebook launches at Harvard University, Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison, and Motorola introduces the Razr flip phone.
More than a decade later, we prepare to say goodbye to our first black president, Facebook is your parents' favorite social network, Martha Stewart continues dishing out home design inspiration, and Motorola teases a Razr flip phone?
The company on Friday released a not-so-cryptic video tipping a next-gen version of its wildly successful handset. Featuring popcorn shirts, bedazzled phones, and dog-tag necklaces, Motorola's nostalgic promo reminds us of life before touch screens.
"Flip back to the Razr days of yesteryear and get ready for the future," Motorola wrote in the YouTube video description.
But in a world fueled by smartphones, phablets, tablets, and PCs, it's hard to imagine a flip-phone comeback. But you won't have to fantasize much longer: The company's big reveal is slated for June 9. No further details have been released. Interested consumers can sign up online for news via Twitter and email.
— Moto US (@Moto_USA) May 19, 2016
Motorola isn't the only sentimental manufacturer: AT&T/Kyocera and Freetel showed off modernized flip phones at January's CES in Las Vegas. The DuraXE from AT&T Kyocera—with its 2.6-inch 32-by-240 screen and 5-megapixel camera—is a rugged flip feature phone running a form of Android 5.1.1 on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, with 1GB of RAM.
Japanese phone maker Freetel, meanwhile, showed off Musashi, a flip Android device with two 800-by-480, 4-inch LCD touch screens (one on the front, one inside the flip), a full phone keypad, a Mediatek processor, and dual SIM card slots, plus a MicroSD slot and removable battery.
For a trip down memory lane, check out PCMag's 2004 review of the Motorola RAZR V3.