Dec 16 AT 8:20 PM Taylor Wimberly 41 Comments

AT&T ready to backflip for Android

The wait has been long and difficult for AT&T Wireless customers looking for an Android phone. They were teased earlier this year by the HTC Lancaster which apparently got canned. Recent rumors have linked AT&T with the Acer Liquid A1, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, and a possible Dell Android phone. However, nothing official has appeared to materialize.

That was until today. An anonymous tipster sent our friend Rob at Phandroid some pics of the Motorola Backflip and we can clearly see AT&T branding on the device.

I wonder what that key does?

I wonder what that key does?

Phandroid is reporting the device was referred to as the Motorola Enzo and we have also heard the codename Motus used. CellPassion reported that Motorola had registered the trademark Backflip, but even that name could change by launch time.

I’m just going to call it the CLIQ 1.5 because that is essentially what this device is. We have the same internals as the CLIQ, Android 1.5, and the unique reverse flip keyboard.

The keyboard is always exposed.

The keyboard is always exposed.

Speaking of the keyboard, we can see above how the phone looks when closed. Since the keyboard is on the back of the phone, Motorola was forced to put the camera and flash in the lower left area. This has to be the first keyboard I have seen that comes with a LED flash.

Rear directional trackpad.

Rear directional trackpad.

On the back of the keyboard you will find a trackpad that is similar to what you would find on a notebook. This phone was codenamed Motus, which is latin for gesture. We expect Motorola will take advantage of the gesture controls found in Android that no one else has exploited yet.

For those who missed it, we were the ones who leaked the specs of the Backflip. They include:

  • 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

Engadget posted a rumor that the Backflip might be upgraded to a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, but I think we can say that is busted now. Motorola is working on a Snapdragon device, but this is not it.

So what do you think AT&T fans? Is this a worthy device for your first possible Android phone?

For addition pictures, head over to Phandroid.

Source: Phandroid

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