Motorola Backflip shown at CES 2010

At the CES 2010 in Las Vegas Motorola showed another Android device: the Backflip. The name says it all for this device: instead of placing the display and the keyboard on the inside, as in a classic fold-out design in landscape format, these elements are on the outside during the backflip. Therewith, the touch screen can be easily operated, but the back of the device is not, as usual, simply the battery cover, but the Qwertz keyboard, which is in form of sensor keys that only come to life during the backflip. A real feedback will then probably not be given, which could impair the typing comfort.

Otherwise, it is noticeable that Motorola still uses Android 1.6 and not the Android 2.0 Eclair used in the Motorola Milestone/Droid. Whether this is due to the fact that Motorola wanted to have a unique selling point for the Milestone or whether the Moto-Blur interface used on the backflip does not yet run with 2.0 is open - an update to Android 2.0 (or then maybe 2.1?) is to follow. Nevertheless, it's weak if devices with an outdated software version will still come onto the market in 2010.

The remaining data, as far as known:

  • Display: 3.1-inch, resolution: 320×480 pixels
  • All four GSM networks and UMTS/HSDPA
  • GPS receiver
  • Battery: 1,400 mAh
  • Weight: 133g with battery

The market launch is scheduled for the first quarter of 2010, but Motorola has not yet announced prices or availability details.

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