QWERTY-spinning Motorola FLIPOUT official; due this month [Video]

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Motorola have finally taken the official wraps off of their latest Android smartphone, the distinctively-square Motorola FLIPOUT with MOTOBLUR.  Based on Android 2.1 and bringing a new, mildly tweaked version of the company's social networking aggregation system, the FLIPOUT has dualband 3G UMTS, a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen and a rotating QWERTY keyboard.

There's also a 3-megapixel fixed-focus camera, GPS and WiFi, together with 512MB of internal storage and a microSD slot content with up to 32GB cards.  Motorola have also squeezed in Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a digital compass and an FM radio, plus there's a 3.5mm headphone socket.  MOTOBLUR has had a few updates too, with new battery and data managers and the introduction of new filters for the social networking widgets.

Video demo after the cut

The whole phone measures 67 x 67 x 17 mm and weighs 120g with its 1170mAh battery.  Motorola say the FLIPOUT will be available in Q2 2010, which basically means they expect it to arrive before June is out; no word on carrier – only that it'll be launched "in certain regions around the world" – but the dualband 900/2100 HSDPA suggests this is a device for Europe and Asia rather than North America.

Motorola FLIPOUT with MOTOBLUR demo:

[via Android Community]

Press Release:

Motorola FLIPOUT with MOTOBLUR Fact Sheet
Pivot in Style

Accessorize your life with a smartphone that's destined to turn heads. Introducing Motorola FLIPOUTTM with MOTOBLUR™– an innovative phone that's as unique as you are. The touch screen's pivot design exposes a five-row QWERTY keypad with a separate number row, transforming the phone from compact and pocketable to a charming social package. Stay in control with enhanced features on MOTOBLUR, including customizable filters for your Happenings and Messages widgets.

Stylish, Compact, Vibrantly Colored

The incredibly compact, square build makes FLIPOUT a fun smartphone that travels comfortably in purse, pocket or palm. With multiple colored battery door options included, customize your color to match your mood – or your outfit. And with the latest version of MOTOBLUR, Motorola FLIPOUT works harder to keep you connected to the people that matter most.

Enhance Your Social Status

MOTOBLUR, the only service that syncs all your friends, emails, messages, Facebook®, MySpace, TwitterTM feeds and happenings with continuous updates and back-ups, just got better. The enhanced version of MOTOBLUR allows you to take control of your Happenings and Messages widgets with the option to filter out updates and messages you don't want, making it easier to follow who and what really matters. With seven home screens and the option to move and resize pre-loaded widgets, you can customize FLIPOUT however you'd like.

The new, enhanced MOTOBLUR also brings you device management done right. Take charge of your charge with Battery Manager, a new feature that helps you manage your phone's power consumption. Spend less time worrying about running out of juice and more time using it. FLIPOUT's new Data Manager helps you manage your data usage. As always, MOTOBLUR comes fully integrated with GPS tracking and remote data wipe. So, while you may lose your phone, you won't lose the contacts and data that keep you connected.

Best of the Rest

Motorola FLIPOUT allows you to experience the best of Google and the Web with multi-touch support including pinch to zoom, as well as full suite of Google services including: Google Search, Google MapsTM for Mobile and access to thousands of apps on Android Market™, GmailTM and more. With the latest version of MOTOBLUR, get your personal and corporate email pushed to you and have easy access to your work directory.

Socialize With Ease

Packed full of features, Motorola FLIPOUT lets you hear and be heard. Don't miss another call or conversation on Motorola FLIPOUT with CrystalTalkTM PLUS. Using a proprietary Motorola process of microphone and speaker configuration, CrystalTalkTM PLUS adds a second microphone improving voice quality even further while filtering out background noise. Additional features include a 3 MP camera, KODAK PERFECT TOUCH technology for better, brighter pictures, gallery mode for tagging and labeling photos and instant upload access to Facebook, MySpace, Picasa & Photobucket.

Motorola FLIPOUT with MOTOBLUR will be available in certain regions around the world beginning in Q2 2010. For more information regarding pricing and product availability in your region, please contact your local Motorola representative.