Feb 10 AT 2:38 AM Taylor Wimberly 10 Comments

AT&T Motorola Backflip could launch in March for under $99

We have known for awhile that AT&T would soon be launching the Motorola Backflip and now we have a rumored date and price. Our friend Rob from Phandroid received a tip that the Backflip will go on sale March 7, 2010 for $324 unsubsidized.

It was expected this device would be an entry level Android phone since it features Android 1.5 (outdated) and nearly identical specs to the Motorola CLIQ. Carriers typically have a $250-300 subsidy for Android phones, so that means the Backflip could easily go for under $99 with a 2 year contract ($324 – 250 = 74).

Early leaked screens of the Backflip revealed Gmail had been removed in favor of Yahoo mail, but AT&T has said all their Android phones will include the official Android Market run by Google. It is possible that AT&T phones could lack some other native Android apps, but Google could still distribute their apps through the Market (and they do).

The most interesting feature of the phone will be its reverse flip keyboard (watch our hands on video). Since the camera is mounted on the keyboard, it faces the user when it is flipped open. This would allow developers to release apps (like Fring) which could enable video chat.

Recent rumors suggest the CLIQ will receive an Android 2.1 update in March and we would expect something similar from the Backflip.

Visit the official Motorola Backflip site for additional information.

Via: Motorola Backflip

Source: Phandroid

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  1. JAGGuest 5 years ago

    nice, wanna get this strange thing, looks out of this world (in phone world)

  2. Matt WGuest 5 years ago

    Great! As soon as we get this release out of the way, we can move onto the real android phones hitting Ma Bell!

  3. CJGuest 5 years ago

    I predict very little interest in this abomination of a phone.

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  5. BobGuest 5 years ago

    My thoughts were to at least get the Backflip when it came out, or whatever phone did launch initially and then if I didn’t like it return it within the 30 day policy and go back to my Blackberry. I have had an opportunity to spend a considerable amount of time with a Cliq and it’s not perfect, but, not bad either for having it for a couple of hours. Yes, I would like Android 2.0 or 2.1, but, the beauty of Android is that it easily updates when available, which it should be within a few months of launch. I would like a faster processor, but, if it does indeed come out for less than $100 not bad and definitely usable. But, again I can always return it under 30 days.

  6. KenGuest 5 years ago

    hideous, but it’s better than nothing. Just start releasing already. I can’t believe AT&T waited so long to make sure the timing was perfect for the frickin motoflip….that’s funny

  7. ipuyGuest 5 years ago

    this will be my next phone…..

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