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Motorola Motus/Backflip shows up via shaky cam

November 19, 2009 | by Evan Selleck

Android OS, Android Phones, Motorola, T-Mobile

Motorola Motus/Backflip shows up via shaky cam

And that’s not all! Oh, sorry. Anyway, here’s your first glimpse of the Motorola Motus, or what might be known as the Backflip later on down the road, if the tipster’s information is correct. Apparently, today was the day for the Motus to be outed, as two people, two anonymous tipsters, provided the site Android and Me with the first glimpse and then a quick run down of the specifications for the future device. As we’ve been lead to believe from a previously released road map, the Motus is slated to be a successor to the Motorola CLIQ, but with some pretty big design changes.

These changes are purely physical though; as the inside of the phone is pretty much identical to the CLIQ. And while I’m a fan of interesting design elements, I think Motorola might have gone over the edge with the Motus. The tipster designated the phone the Backflip, and for good reason from what we can see. That image shows the full QWERTY keyboard, along with the face of the phone, so some might think it’s another slider phone, like the CLIQ. That’s not the case. This time around, the keyboard flips backwards, so that when the phone is “closed”, you can still see the keyboard.

Specs wise, we’ve got the standard fair: 528 MHz Qualcomm processor, 512 MB ROM, 256 MB RAM, 3.1-inch capacitive display at 320×480 HVGA resolution, WiFi/Bluetooth 2.0/GPS, and Android OS 1.5 with MotoBLUR. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and it’s going to work on T-Mobile’s network (3G included). The phone is scheduled for a Q1 2010 release.

However, there is one interesting thing to take out of this. Somewhere on that phone, there’s a “rear-directional touchpad”. That first part makes me think that the touchpad is on the back of the keyboard, so that it’s usable when you flip it out (or open). But, at the same time, it could be on the back of the display as well. Though, that seems like it would be uncomfortable to use, if you’re holding it like you should be holding it. If it’s on the back of the keypad, that means it would be protected when the phone’s flipped shut, so that would make sense. Either way, here’s another Android device, and it looks like Motorola has taken it upon themselves to make it as crazy as possible. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

[via Android and Me]