Motorola Flipout Says It’s Hip to be Square

This unusual little phone from Motorola was spotted in April, but at that time there was no name or spec list attached with the only clue to its OS being a potentially misleading picture on the screen. Since then we’ve heard little, until Motorola up and made it official today!

The Flipout takes its name from the rotating QWERTY keyboard which ‘flips out’ from the side and ends up making the phone look like a regular fixed keyboard handset. With the keyboard hidden away, the Flipout is almost totally square, leaving us to assume the keyboard has to be extended to make or receive a call. Very odd, but strangely enticing at the same time.

Here’s the Moto Flipout’s spec sheet:

  • 3 megapixel camera with Kodak Perfect Touch technology.
  • 3G with HSDPA and HSUPA.
  • Wi-Fi.
  • Assisted GPS and a digital compass.
  • Bluetooth v2.1
  • Google Android v2.1
  • A 2.8″ touchscreen with a 320×240 pixel resolution.
  • MicroSD card slot.

At 17mm thick, the Flipout is a bit of a beast, but its 120 gram weight is certainly less than many of its rivals.  We say rivals, but with a design like this, what exactly is it up against? Microsoft’s Kin is the obvious choice as it shares a similar form factor, but we suspect the Flipout is going to tempt younger social networking fans away from slightly underspecced models such as the LG Town GT350 we looked at earlier in the week.

With Google Android as the OS, the Flipout has all the usual Google tools, plus MOTOBLUR has been added to provide live social network updates on the home screen, plus easy picture updates to the usual online services too. The handset is going to be available in several colours and is set for release in Europe sometime during Q2 this year. Price has yet to be discussed, but for the Flipout to be a success, it’s going to have to be competitive.

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