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Motorola Flipout: You’ll love it, or…

… or you won’t. It’s what’s known in the industry as pure Marmite. Either you’ll take to it or you’ll be up to the wee small hours screaming about handset design standards.

Have you come across the Motorola Flipout before? I found it lurking in the Expansys.com ‘coming soon’ section and was minded to take a look.

Here it is:

It’s running Android 2.1, it’s smaller (width and height-wise) than a credit card and it swivels or ‘flips’ out.

The keyboard, of course, doesn’t look that intuitive (speaking as a BlackBerry QWERTY fan) but I could really see this rather unique format being hugely popular with the young’uns around the planet.   Indeed I see it as potentially rivalling the Sony Ericsson X10 Mini / Pro units that are also very popular with those who like small devices.

In case you’re interested in the specs, have a quick glance down here….

Battery:
– Talk Time: 5.95 hrs
– Standby Time: 377hrs
– Capacity: 1170 mAh
– Power Usage Breakdown
– Battery Manager (long life, power, etc)
Display:
– External: 340 x 240 pixels/2.8″
– Touch Sensitive(Capactive)
– TFT
Camera:
– 3 mega-pixels
– Digital Zoom
– Geo Tagging
Video:
– Recording Resolution: VGA (640 x 480)
– Recording Speed: 24fps
– Supported formats: MP4, 3GP
– Video Streaming – YouTube
Music:
– Supported formats: MP3, AAC, eAAC+ & WMA
– FM Radio
Messaging:
– SMS
– MMS (with video)
– E-mail (POP3, IMAP4, Exchange, GMail)
– Twitter
– Instant Messaging (Google Talk)
Memory:
– 2GB (internal)
– microSDHC (memory card)
Call Features:
– Hands Free
– Caller ID
Connectivity:
– 2G: 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz (Quadband) – 3G: 900/2100 (Dual-band) – WiFi (802.11 b/g)
– HSDPA (7.2Mbps)
– HSUPA (2.0 Mbps)
– Bluetooth (2.1)
– microUSB
– 3.5mm Audio Connector
Navigation:
– AGPS
– Digital Compass
– Google Maps
Sensors:
– Accelerometer
– Proximity Sensor
– Light Sensor
Features:
– Web Browser
– Office Document Viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
– MOTOBLUR Social Network Connector
– Remote Backup

And if you’d like to see how the device works, the Expansys guys have a nice big image here illustrating the flipping and showing the back/front/side of it.

Very interesting.  If this is priced right, I think a lot of people will snap it up.

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

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