We leaked the specs for the Motorola Backflip (Motus) last month and they were met with little fanfare. The original specs we posted (which were confirmed by multiple sources) reported that the Backflip would feature the popular Qualcomm 528 MHz, but a new report from Engadget claims the device might include the faster Snapdragon chipset.
We had heard rumblings Motorola was working with the Snapdragon platform, but this is the first device to be linked to that rumor. Our intel said the Backflip/Motus device would be ready Q1 2010 and Engadget is reporting a possible launch date around April-May 2010.
Could Motorola really change the entire platform of the phone in those few months? A reasonable answer is, “No way”. Most handsets are in development for 16 months and major changes such as this would result in a significant delay.
We also revealed last month that the Backflip supported the 3G bands of T-Mobile and AT&T, but didn’t know which carrier the phone would end up on. According to Engadget, the phone will appear on AT&T, but I wouldn’t rule out a T-Mobile release. We have seen several devices that were bound for AT&T and none of them ever saw the light of day.
Other notes from Engadget include:
- Sure enough, the keyboard flips backwards so that it’s facing out when the phone is “closed.” When it’s open, the underside of the keyboard has a trackpad that allows you to scroll the screen while typing with your thumbs (it’s unclear how well this’ll actually work in practice). There’s also a third hinge position that keeps the phone upright — perfect for use as a video display or alarm clock.
- There’s a 5 megapixel cam and LED flash mounted on the keyboard (notice that white spot in the lower left?) designed to be used as a webcam, but we don’t know whether this’ll function as a traditional 3G video call (we’d doubt it) or over some other service.
- It runs Blur. If you like Blur, congrats; if you hate it, our condolences.
- The keys are backlit and said to be “domed” — that’s not really conveyed in this spy shot we’ve seen, but it’s hard to say for sure.
- It’s said to be about three-quarters of an inch thick, “enough to be bulky in your pocket.”
- Our tipster says he thinks he was told it runs Snapdragon, which would run counter to our current intel that has it running the CLIQ’s 528MHz MSM7201A. At any rate, he says it “seemed very responsive,” which is a good sign.