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Why I'm Flipping Out Over the Razr's Rumored Return

Get ready for a phone you could flip over. Motorola is probably going to bring back the sexy Razr phone of a decade ago this June, according to the video posted to the phone maker's Twitter and YouTube feeds.

The YouTube description for the video reads, "Flip back to the Razr days of yesteryear and get ready for the future." It links to a signup form for updates. The signup page and the video all display the date "06.09.16," all but confirming that Motorola is preparing for a June 9 announcement — the same day Motorola owner Lenovo happens to be holding a big press event.

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Not much else is known about Motorola's plans with the flip phone, but I'd guess that the new Razr will likely run a modern OS (probably Android). I'm praying that the potential new Razr marries a touch screen with a numpad for T-9 typing input, because I am a child of the '80s and my fingers are still programmed to type like a beast on number pads.

If Motorola really does bring back the flip phone, it wouldn't be the first blast from the recent past to happen this year. At CES, companies such as Alcatel, Freetel and Kyocera all unveiled flip phones with modern operating systems. Alcatel's device is already available via Greatcall as the Jitterbug Flip.

I'm extremely excited for the resurgence of flip phones because I've missed the satisfying click that comes from hanging up on an annoying caller with a dramatic snap. But I'm curious to see how Motorola will be able to maintain the Razr's famously slim profile, considering all the components that go into today's smartphones.

This may turn out to be the year of phone nostalgia, too. Apple started the trend by bringing back the tiny, 4-inch screen with its iPhone SE. Then Nokia surprised the industry by announcing a return to smartphones, tablets and feature phones. Motorola bringing back the popular Razr will be the latest addition to that retro bandwagon, and I can't wait to see how it does.