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Motorola Teases With Flipout, Shows off Enhanced MotoBlur

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BASINGSTOKE, UK – Pioneers in mobile radio technology, Motorola, announced its latest Android smartphone, the Motorola Flipout, a squarish handset with a flip-out full QWERTY keyboard.

While the unique aesthetics of the handset pushes it ahead of the competition, the Android 2.1 OS and enhanced MOTOBLUR further adds to the appeal of the latest smartphone from the manufacturer.

The Flipout is equipped with quad-band GSM and dual-band HSDPA connectivity, a microUSB port, A-GPS and Wi-Fi. Its 2.8″ touchscreen has 256k colours, at a resolution of 320×240 pixels.

Equipped with a Texas Instruments OMAP3410 700MHz processor, the device also boasts of 256MB RAM and 512MB ROM. Further, the microSD memory card slot supports of cards up to 32GB.

Coming to the imaging department, the Flipout boasts of a 3.15 megapixel camera capable of capturing still images at 2048×1536 pixels in resolution, and video recording.  In the media department, the device has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, FM radio with RDS, MP3/eAAC+/WAV player and  MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player making it one of the most complete entertainment devices in its segment.

The designers at Motorola have managed to fit a QWERTY keyboard behind the 2.8″ screen which flips out sideways to reveal a five-row QWERTY with a separate row for numerals. The keyboard is complete with a navigation pad at the left bottom the keyboard panel. The excellently designed keyboard layout proves that a compact form factor is no hindrance to pack a five-row QWERTY keyboard in mobile devices.

The Flipout will also feature the enhanced MOTOBLUR, which is the customized Android skin of Motorola for its smartphones. The latest version provides an exclusive social networking experience with close integration of Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Last.fm and GMail.

Following the lines of Apple’s MobileMe, Motorola has incorporated automatic backup of log-in information, home screen customizations and e-mail to a secure server and provides remote data wipe for lost or stolen devices.  One username and password restores contacts, messages and connectivity to prior networks and email providers. Other additions to MOTOBLUR include: happenings and messages widgets, screen customization, battery manager, data manager, personal and corporate email.

The pricing of the device was not revealed, but from the specifications, it can be expected to be placed under the segment mid-level smartphones and will hit the European market in second half of 2010.

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By , Chief International Correspondent on Jun 7th, 2010 GMT +2

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