“Are you a chic geek? Have you got your own unique style? Do you want to be Europe’s next supermodel?” Motorola finally unveiled their new FLIPOUT phone and they are searching for five hipsters to be the official faces of the “Hip to be Square” smartphone.
This five-row rotator QWERTY phone will be introduced to Europe in Q2 and will be one of the first devices to feature the new MOTOBLUR (Motorola’s exclusive Android experience). The new Blur looks like the old Blur, but Motorola has upgraded the firmware to Android 2.1.
Powering the FLIPOUT is the new 700 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP3410 (we think). Motorola left the processor spec off all their press materials, so they must not think it’s that important. If it does feature the TI OMAP3410 (ARM Cortex-A8 based core), then it can handle Flash 10.1 when available.
Another exciting new feature is CrystalTalk PLUS, which is Motorola’s dual microphone solution. The second mic helps improves a caller’s voice quality by monitoring and filtering out background noise. This is the first Motorola phone to include this feature and hopefully other Android phones will receive it as well.
At the end of the day, this phone is more about style than specs. In addition to the interesting design, the FLIPOUT will feature seven interchangeable back plates to change the look of the phone. Customers can choose from Licorice, Fairway Green, Raspberry Crush, Brilliant Blue, Poppy Red, Saffron or White.
Highlights of the Motorola FLIPOUT include:
- 2.8 inch QVGA display (320×420)
- 700 MHz processor TI OMAP3410
- 512 MB ROM, 256 MB RAM
- 3.1 MP camera
- Five row QWERTY keyboard
- GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth
- 1170 mAh Li Ion
The enhanced version of MOTOBLUR offers new functionality and features, including:
- Happenings and Messages widgets – filter by social networking account, by contact(s) or by contact group to only see the information you want
- Screen customization – move and resize preloaded widgets on up to seven home screens
- Battery Manager – manage battery consumption by operating in one of three performance modes
- Data Manager – monitor data usage from the home screen to better manage pay-as-you-go and limited data plans
- Personal and Corporate e-mail – pushed directly to the device
- Re-tweet capabilities