Jun 02 AT 9:35 AM Taylor Wimberly 10 Comments

Stylishly square FLIPOUT ready for European hipsters in Q2

“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

Via: Motorola PR

Source: Motorola

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  • http://Website Anthony

    Not sure if this iteration of noise cancellation technology is any different, but the Backflip actually has a dual microphone noise cancellation system, which works the same way you described. I’ve never seen it referred to as CrystalTalk (though I did not read the manual), but it is the same exact idea, at the very least. And it actually works very well, callers have no idea when the TV is blaring in the background. I even left myself a voicemail when I was in a concert-type situation and could understand everything I said.

  • jeanpaul145

    I personally am not that interested in this phone, but I can seriously see this working for Motorola – given there aren’t any dealbreakers like bugs or a battery that doesn’t last a full day with heavy usage or this thing being yet another phone that won’t ever be upgraded. But right now I don’t see any such dealbreakers.

  • http://Website Richy

    It’s apps-and-games-screen-resolution-issues o’clock everyone! Time to get your force close fingers ready!

  • http://Website Jameson

    So does this mean that MotoBlur devices can be upgraded to 2.1 or greater? Cuz if not, I’m sellin my CLIQ for $1 (that’s all it worth to me) to eventually get a Nexus One and calling it a day

    • http://Website CodeShogun

      I’m interested in buying the CLIQ from you :)

      • http://Website Areyo

        I have $2.17 in my paypal account that I would gladly trade for your Cliq

        • http://Website JaylanPHNX

          On a more serious note, the Cliq and its XT cousin are still scheduled to get 2.1 by the end of Q2 (ie this month). Hopefully the 2.1 build of Motoblur runs smoother and cleaner than the current version. As for Froyo, all the motoblur phones could desperately use the speed boost provided by 2.2′s JIT Compiler, but I wouldn’t hold my breath (or the phone) on that one.

  • http://plankhead.com Zacqary Adam Green

    Why are the names of all Motorola phones yelling at me?

    CLIQ! DROID! DEVOUR! FLIPOUT! Geez, Moto, calm down and turn off the Caps Lock.

  • http://Website markus

    in the first video 0:37 – 0:40
    they swype the finger from left to right to scroll vertical…

    • http://Website noodle

      pinch to zoom. look at the video again. there are two fingers