Nov 19 AT 6:13 PM Taylor Wimberly 44 Comments

Motorola Backflip specs magically appear

Who says lightning doesn’t strike twice? Right after we received the first picture of the new Motorola Motus, another anonymous tipster sent in the full hardware specs. I’ll let you guys add the commentary on this one.

Motorola Motus specs:

  • 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A
  • 512 MB ROM
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 3.1 inch display 320 x 480 (HVGA)
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • WiFi / Bluetooth 2.0 / GPS
  • OS Android 1.5 with Motoblur
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 W-CDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
  • Reverse flip keyboard
  • Rear directional touchpad

As you can see, this phone is essentially part of the Cliq family. The only thing new is the outer design. It features a reverse flip keyboard and a rear directional touchpad. This is exactly what I speculated last month and I’m really curious to see how the touchpad will operate.

The single photo we have of the device only shows the outside of the phone. Somewhere on the back of the keyboard (or maybe display) there will be a touchpad. I must say it is quite an odd design. We think the touchpad will be used for the gesture controls that no one has taken full advantage of yet.

According to the leaked Motorola roadmap, this phone is due in Q1 2010 and will be in the same price point as the Cliq.

I love the blurry-cam shots.

I love the blurry-cam shots.

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  • carig

    What they need is a phone with a double flip keyboard so you can fold it over the screen (like the lg versa) to protect the screen or you can fold it backwards like this phone for convenience.
    I’d buy that in a heartbeat because I’ve always liked the durability of flip phones and the thought of my screen being so exposed and easily breakable all the time still scares me, especially when doing active things like snowboarding.

  • Ramon

    Its complete sh*t…its like a g1 in a moto skin without 1.6 basically…

  • Wade

    There must be a close-out sale on the 528 MHz Qualcomm chipsets, because I can’t believe how many new phones are hitting the market with this aging technology.

    • Fugee

      Seriously! Give me a phone with a 1GHz Snapdragon in it already.

  • tobyrare

    Wow. Why bother? The market is being saturated with medicocre devices.

  • haha

    haha I DO NOT WANT this!!

  • Alvin B.

    Wow, I agree with others here… This is seriously antiquated hardware if it launches next year and an INSULT to people purchasing devices in 010.

    Looks like a rehash of the Cliq hardware, and if they call this anything other than a Cliq “Lite” and ask full upgrade price, this is going to be a ripoff.

    Not all phones need 1ghz + more memory, but ANDROID phones seriously have done the 528mhz thing and the 256mb thing, and while budget devices for 010 are fine, there is NOTHING being offered in the high end. Why?

    • SquirrelwithAGunAtTheZoo

      Now in all fairness, that just isn’t true.
      HTC is rumored to be working on a Snapdragon device, SE has the Xperia X10 (aka Rachael) and Acer is working on a Snapdragon device as well.

      That said, more choice is always better. personally I’m looking to replace my G1 with a phone that:
      - Has a Snapdragon chipset that isn’t ridiculously under-clocked
      - Has at least 256MB of ram, and preferably more
      - Has at least 512MB rom , and preferably more (because of that whole “app-installs-on-ROM-only-thing), and of course at least SDHC support
      - Has a G1-like hardware keyboard, while still being a very thin phone (especially the last part is something the Droid got right)
      - Has a WVGA screen of around 4″ that runs from side to side
      - Runs a stock android 2.0 (that is, without some graphical shell from manufacturer X), which makes for significantly earlier updates
      - has a battery which will last me at least 2 days with normal use
      - Doesn’t carry such a high price tag that a trade with a 13″ Macbook pro would be a fair deal
      - Gets the latest android updates (and not just for bugfixin’ either) for at least 3-4 years after release

      I’m well aware that no phone in the foreseeable future will offer all this, but this would be a perfect device in my opinion, and if such a device were to become available, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

      • drock4484

        I dont know about the G1-like keyboard. The Droid’s keyboard is thin but its almost useless, very hard to type on, all the letter keys run together with no separation between them and the top row is basically useless, they are so hard to press because they are directly adjacent to the sliding lip of the top portion (screen). It definitely could have been done better, it feels rushed, like they didnt do enough testing with real world users typing on it. Just a few tweaks and it could be really good.

  • nijee

    if this phone is to hit market in future, its meant for replacement of vaporphones .. like samsung t429 … ill get this phone for my 7yr niece … grown folks have the Snapdragons ….

  • tomaswoj

    yes, go buy a snapdragon phone for only 800$ :)

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  • brybam

    wow! this phone sucks lol whats wrong with them? I love the droid why would they take steps backwards on a new phone

  • JAG

    I hope the inside be diferent

  • John

    I’m surprised that no one is taking notice of the fact that this phone is both GSM *and* CDMA.

    That counts for something.

    • drock4484

      Not CDMA, its W-CDMA which is UTMS, its the 3G portion on AT&T and T-moble. This phone will not work on VZW or Sprint.

  • kris

    I’m glad I kept my G1….

  • David

    What a waste. Why, at this point, would anyone choose anything but the Droid? Motorola has totally leapfrogged everything else the industry has in the pipeline. Well, except for the $900 phone coming from Sony. (Is it really four times better than the Droid? I find that hard to believe.)

    • nEx.Software

      I would pretty much choose anything but the Droid, to be completely honest.

      • drock4484

        Wow, really? Why? Please explain? I know you’re a reputable developer and would value hearing your reasoning.


        • Justin Shapcott

          LOL… Well, there is no magic answer, really. A lot of it has to do with Verizon, a lot of it has to do with Motorola. Other than that, it really comes down to preference… I don’t really care for the style. I’d take any HTC phone over the Droid at this stage (yes, even the G1). I REALLY dig having a trackball on the front of the phone. And, I am not a “multimedia” person – I don’t really care much about video, never use my phone for audio, rarely play games and those that I do play run perfectly fine on my other phones.

          I just see no reason for me personally to have a Droid, that’s all.

    • drock4484

      Its not 4 times as expensive. Buy a Droid outright… You’ll pay $600. Its only $199 because of the subsidies provided by the carrier and you’re signing a long term contract.

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  • FckingAllen

    is it going to support future updates for 1.6 and 2.0??

  • Mast3r_Shake

    @Justin Pick up a HTC and use it at a Verizon store, then use a Droid. After you see how much faster the Droid is web browsing and how much larger and clearer the screen is you would be silly to get and HTC at this time. This phone is so fast people always ask me now for updates on sports instead of my HTC iPhone friends because my phone’s speed is superior.

    • Justin Shapcott

      I refuse to do business with Verizon, there I said it. So, no, I will not get a Droid… I probably will not ever go into a Verizon store to look at a Droid, to be honest. The Droid could be running a dual Snapdragon setup and I would still not even broach the idea of doing business with Verizon.

  • StarfishPrime

    How is it possible there there are no keyboard design specialists working at these companies? NEED HELP MOTO —>

  • Joe

    Sad to see but the Motorola organization is lost and slow moving.
    Moto is back, to the road to death.
    The Droid device was an exception since it was designed together with EXTENSIVE help and input from Google as a test case for 2.0.
    Google will now move on to another vendor (of 100+) or do it themselves.
    Good luck Moto

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  • john

    We should boy-cot Motorola for being an idiot put out Motorola Cliq with Android 1.5 and same with this phone. Why they don’t say anything about update. this is sooo stupid.. I this is the last time i am spending a penny on Motorola.. I demand a update or at least give some news that your working on it and it need time.. WTF.. get your lazy engineer working on innovation and updating with new technology. Just a tought the funniest thing they can do i think is putting Android 1.5 in Razr.. I know its a nice thought but just because its Android 1.5 and the Motorola too stupid to realize 2.0 is out.. i wont even buy it!!!!! Come on Motorola how are you expeniting to compete with iPhone where they are constantly updateing their phones. Even today an iPhone 2G still sell for 200.00 + in craigslist because they are up to date in software..

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