Motorola FlipOut: Flip to be square

The Motorola FlipOut's unusual twisty-hipped motion has been leaked in the land of samba, but will it make it over here?

Here's a new phone form factor to flip out over. The Motorola FlipOut brings its unusual twisty motion to the beaches of Brazil, but will it make it over here?

We've seen a few square phones lately, including the slider Microsoft Kin One and Two or the clamshell Alcatel OT-808 . But the FlipOut puts a new, ahem, twist on things with a twisting action from the top right-hand corner of the keyboard.

The FlipOut runs Motorola's Motoblur front end over Android 2.1. It boasts a 3.1-megapixel camera, Qwerty keyboard and 71mm (2.8-inch) display. Inside, there's 256MB of RAM and a 700MHz processor. It packs GPS but apparently no 3G or Wi-Fi.

Gizmodo Brazil reports that the FlipOut will be on sale in assorted colours in the land of carnivals, samba and barefoot beach football. We can't see it coming over here -- probably wouldn't be able to cope with the climate. What do you think of the samba-style twisty motion?

Image credit: Gizmodo Brasil

Update: Our hands-on, early Motorola FlipOut review is now live on the site. 

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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