Motorola launches Moto Backflip Android Phone

Motorola today at a press event at the Consumer Electronics Show unveiled the Motorola Backflip, follow up to the Android-powered Cliq released last year. Like the Cliq, the Backflip includes Motorola’s Motoblur service, which aggregates data from sites like Facebook, Twitter and Gmail and presents it coherently on your home screen – but it’s the hardware that really stands out.

Sanjay Jha, Motorola’s co-CEO who leads the handset business, said the company intends to launch the device sometime in the first quarter of this year, but did not give a specific launch date, carrier partner or price on the device.

The Backflip features a unique reverse flip QWERTY keyboard, allowing the device to act as its own tabletop stand for hands-free viewing of video. There’s also a touch panel located on the back of the screen, which Motorola has dubbed “Backtrack”, and can be used to navigate instead of the touch screen.

Support for quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900) and tri-band 3G (850/1900/2100), including the 850MHz 3G band, means the Backflip could be a consolation prize for some of those who are feeling left out by Google’s 850MHz-less Nexus One. There’s also support for HSDPA 7.2 Mbps to take full advantage of the recent upgrades to AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks.

Hardware is rounded out with a 3.1-inch 480×320 capacitive touch screen, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, stereo Bluetooth support, 2GB of on-board storage and a 1400 mAh battery that Motorola claim will last for 315 hours of standby. Strangely, only 802.11b support for wireless is listed – we’re guessing this is a mistake, but will follow up with Motorola shortly.

There’s also dedicated keys on the keyboard for search, browser, home and messaging.

The Backflip will be available in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia in Q1 2010. The device will ship running Android 1.5, but will be updated to Android 2.1 at a later date.

Motorola Backflip Specifications

 

BACKFLIP with MOTOBLUR
Talk and Standby Time2
Up to 6 hours /Up to 315 hours
Bands/Modes
WCDMA 850/1900/2100,
GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
(Category 7/8), EDGE Class 12, GPRS
Class 12, aGPS, Version 2.0, 802.11b
Weight
133.00 g/4.7 oz
Dimensions
53.00 (x) 108.00 (y) 15.30 (z)
Size
80.7 cc
OS
Android 1.5
Battery
1400 mAh
Connectivity
3.5mm headset jack, , USB 2.0 High Speed, BT Class 2.0, version 2.0 and 802.11 b/g
Display
3.1” 320 x 480 256k TFT
Messaging/Web/Apps
MMS, SMS, e-mail (POP3/IMAP embedded, corporate e-mail synch, Push Gmail) IM (Embedded – WVIM), OW 4.1 (WAP 1.2.1)
Audio
AAC, AAC+, MIDI, MP3, WAV
Video
Capture/playback/streaming, H.263, H.264, MPEG4
Camera
5 megapixel, auto-focus, LED
Browser
Full HTML browser, Android Webkit
Memory
2GB included up to 32GB supported1
Chipset
7200A
Form Factor
Reverse QWERTY flip
Antenna
Internal
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