US electronics giant Motorola is set to launch its latest Android smartphone in Australia next month. Dubbed the “Flipout”, the phone breaks the usual model of slide or flip phones with a side-ways rotational pivot to reveal a five-line QWERTY keyboard beneath.
The new phone features Google’s Android 2.1 operating system and includes a 3MP digital image sensor built inside a 67mm square chassis.
The screen is a 2.8-inch 256K-coloured TFT type with 240×320-pixels, driven by a 600MHz Texas Instruments OMAP3410 processor. Battery capacity is 1130mAh (Lithium-ion) and storage is via the usual MicroSD card up to 32GB.
You get full access to Google’s Android Market but Motorola has added some goodies of its own including an enhanced Motoblur firmware that provides better syncing to a range of sites and devices. The digital camera also features Kodak’s PerfectTouch technology to improve brightness and colour in captured photos.
The phone will be sold exclusively through Vodafone stores for $299, making it the cheapest of the current generation of Android smartphones on the market and cheaper than the HTC Wildfire through Telstra by $50.