Motorola Flipout makes official debut

After numerous leaks, Motorola makes it official and announces its latest Android device, the Flipout.

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We've already heard so much about the Motorola Flipout that at this point, the official announcement just seems like an informality, but here it is, Moto's newest Android phone.

Similar to the Nokia Twist, the Flipout sports a square design that twists open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. With its fun design and such hip colors choices as Licorice, Fairway Green, Raspberry Crush, Brilliant Blue, Poppy Red, Saffron, and White, the smartphone most definitely aims for a younger crowd and includes a new version of Motoblur software.

The Motorblur enhancements include:

  • The ability to filter the Happenings and Messages widgets by social networking, contact, or contact group

  • Move and resize home screen widgets

  • Data and battery managers

  • Personal and corporate e-mail with push delivery
  • Re-tweet capabilities

The Android 2.1 device also has a 3-megapixel camera with Kodak Perfect Touch technology, which features a gallery mode for labeling and tagging photos and should improve image and color quality.

The Motorola Flipout will be released in Europe in Q2, but pricing and North American availability were not announced at this time.