Motorola Flipout square Android smartphone official

Android 2.1 on a square screen. Now there's a first.

Motorola has officially announced that its latest quirkily-designed Android device, the square-shaped Flipout, will be coming to the UK.

The handset, which is of stark contrast to pretty much everything else out there at the moment, joins the Backflip (which featured a fold-out keboard) and Quench as part of Moto's second-tier Android offering.

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Related links:
- Motorola Milestone review
- Video: Motorola Backflip unveiled
- Hands-on video: Motorola Quench Android phone
- See Moto's entries in the T3 Hot 100

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Flipout will run on Android 2.1 with the popular Motoblur social networking UI and housed on a 2.8-inch, 240x320 TFT screen. Beneath that is a flipout 5-layer QWERTY keyboard and a 3-megapixel camera with flash. It'll also boast Wi-Fi, HSDPA at 7.2Mbps and aGPS, which is of course to be expected of a modern day Android phone.

The Motoblur interface, as you know, is famed for pulling all social networking and email activity into one homescreen and backing up all photo data on a regular basis and has enjoyed great success on devices like the top-end Motorola Milestone.

There are some upgrades to version 1.5, which includes the ability to filter social networking contacts via groups, and also more effectively manage power consumption on the device.

  

The Flipout will be available this summer, with Orange getting first dibs on the device. The array of colours will be specific to the territories but we're told they could include Licorice, Fairway Green, Raspberry Crush, Brilliant Blue, Poppy Red, Saffron or White. Way yo keep us in suspense, Moto.

We'll be getting a hand-on with this device in the very near future, so stay tuned to T3.com and we'll let you know whether this concept actually works, or is just an Android-flavoured gimmick.

Link:Motorola

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