Dec 10 AT 5:51 PM Taylor Wimberly 8 Comments

Motorola Backflip gets retooled. Headed to AT&T in 2010?

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.
Could the Motorola Backflip be the first Android phone on AT&T?

Could the Motorola Backflip be the first Android phone on AT&T?

Source: Engadget

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  • Joseph

    This phone really looks like its going to break every time you flip that keyboard out. this is really a phone you need a hands on review with, and i really hope we can get one.

    off subject, im having a really hard time logging into the website. it like auto logs me out. i even reset my password and its stilll doing it.

  • http://Website Tyler

    Can’t say I am/would be sad if T-Mobile passes on this…Passion is another story but the signs look good there =)

  • http://Website Gilbert Orbea

    I don’t like it. Honestly, the size and the thickness don’t matter. But screen size, Android model (please get with 2.0! 1.5 is OLD now.. for God’s sake, atleast 1.6?) efficiency in keyboard (both whatever skinned virtual or physical) and speed is important.

    If this can deliver what I ask, it might be a win (for T-Mobile) and a competitor to the iPhone (but AT&T won’t risk it, now would they?)

    • http://Website Sean

      They release older os’s for the people that want to tinker with it or w/e. At least from what i’ve heard.

      AT&T will most likely get it since TMO already has the CLIQ.

      AT&T is the only carrier that doesn’t have a Android phone yet. So its a good marketing strategy for them to get one for the folks that are sick of the iphone or dont want one.

      Personally i think this is a flop and a step backwards Motoblur is for the twitter, myspace, ect kids really. And the Back facing keyboard is going to be a nightmare for dust and the likes.

      Its a shame they put the MotoBlur on the cliq which i find better feeling and looking then the stupid DROID.

  • Titty!

    Ew . Now this is a low-end phone, everything Motorola is low-end
    Lol AT&T can have it,

  • http://Website carig

    this design has its place, but it’s way too kitschy and out there to be made a high end phone, motorola should stick to their strategy of bringing android to the masses through affordable handsets, sure they won’t get as much hype as the droid gets but it’s a solid strategy and they don’t risk major failure

    I guess this could be cool if they really integrated it well with gestures, but in reality i think it will be a gimmicky add-on at best, but if google stepped in and helped them like they did with the droid then this phone could possibly be a high end success

  • http://Website Matt

    Hi all. I actually had this in my hand 3 weekends ago. I a friend of mine, in the MidWest has been a tester of the Motus for a while now.

    It feels great in the hands, though plastic, not metal.
    the Keys are nicely domed, and BRIGHTLY illuminated.
    The screen is fine.
    The back panel touch pad was odd at first, but I could see it being used by people. Neither of us saw the point though.

    I liked the keyboard FAR more than my own Droid.
    It’s bigger, and (key) centered correctly on the device.

    I’d own it, given the chance.
    Just FYI.

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